Forensic accounting, forensic accountancy or financial forensics is the specialty practice area of accounting that investigates whether firms engage in financial reporting misconduct, or financial misconduct within the workplace by employees, officers or directors of the organization. Forensic accountants apply a range of skills and methods to determine whether there has been financial misconduct by the firm or its employees.
^W.S. Hopwood, J.J. Leiner & G.R. Young, Forensic Accounting, McGraw-Hill Irwin (2008), as quoted by Stephen Pedneault, Frank Rudewicz, Michael Sheetz & Howard Silverstone, Forensic Accounting and Fraud Investigation, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (4th ed. 2017).