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Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)
School of Accounting
The purpose of this paper is to spread awareness and confer recognition upon a mostly forgotten individual: Mr. Frank John Wilson, who was quintessential in the development of techniques used in the field of forensic accounting today. An in-depth analysis into Wilson’s early years as an investigator as well as two of his most significant cases, Al Capone and the Lindbergh Baby kidnapper, will demonstrate the techniques he pioneered. Within the framework of these cases, the techniques utilize exemplify the accounting, auditing, and investigative skills required in the forensic accounting field. Specifically, these investigations showcase Wilson’s innovative and unprecedented approaches to financial vouching and tracing, use of handwriting analysis, as well as superior investigative due diligence. Wilson dedicated his life to protecting the American people, taking down some of the most infamous and dangerous individuals in United States’ history. Yet, his name is universally unacknowledged and unappreciated. The field of forensic accounting is one bound by honor and integrity, and it is important to acknowledge where these values come from. Wilson’s story serves as the foundation of forensic accounting and is not one that should be forgotten.
Catania, Luke, "Frank J. Wilson: The father of forensic accounting" (2018). Senior Honors Projects, 2010-current. 612.