The Psychology of Fraud, Episode 2: The Shark, the Lark, and the Mark: Why Do People Commit Fraud?

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In the second episode of this series, experts weigh in on the underlying motivations for fraud.

What is the underlying motivation for fraud, and what are the emotions and behaviors that lead to it? In this second episode, the experts discuss how the motivations are similar to those found in patients with malingering and factitious disorders, in that fraud is often a team sport.

See “The Psychology of Fraud, Episode 1: Myths and Misconceptions” here.

Mr Bigelow is president of The Bigelow Consulting Group, Inc. He also functions as the vice president—strategy, marketing, and communications for The Behavioral Forensics Group™ LLC, a consulting firm that treats fraud as a human act and explores the psychology of fraud.

Dr Morrison is a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at Rosalind Franklin University’s Chicago School of Medicine, and past president of the Academy of Organizational and Occupational Psychiatry. He is also a member of the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry (GAP)–Committee on Work & Organizations; Institute for Fraud Prevention (IFP); Tomkins Institute of Applied Studies of Motivation, Emotion and Cognition. He is a co-author of A.B.C.’s of Behavioral Forensics and Psychiatry of Workplace Dysfunction, and a regular contributor to the B4G™ blog, bringingfreudtofraud.com.

Dr Ramamoorti is currently an associate professor of accounting at the University of Dayton and the managing principal and CEO of The Behavioral Forensics Group™ LLC. He is also a regular contributor to the B4G™ blog, bringingfreudtofraud.com.