Fraud is a global scourge that harms corporate reputations, costs millions and ruins lives. Criminal activities of this nature are taking their toll on numerous companies in Switzerland, too. Yet what does a typical fraudster look like? KPMG took a closer look at this question within the scope of an international study ‘Profile of a Fraudster’.
The latest ‘KPMG Forensic Fraud Barometer’ reveals that Swiss courts processed 91 cases of white-collar crime last year, a record number. At CHF 280 million, however, total losses have fallen to their lowest level in eight years. The average loss per case was around CHF 3 million.
At the end of every year, KPMG lists all major incidents of fraud in Switzerland with losses in excess of than CHF 50,000. In 2014 KPMG registered 77 cases of white-collar crime in Switzerland. Compared to the previous year, this represents a 32.7% increase in the number of cases recorded.