Sherlock Holmes is back. We’re not talking Robert Downey Jr., but rather Howard Schilit, 60, arguably America’s pre-eminent forensic accountant.
The author of the best-selling Financial Shenanigans: How to Detect Accounting Gimmicks & Fraud in Financial Reports has returned from a five-year retirement. In the booming stock market of the 1990s and early 2000s, Schilit was instrumental in bringing home the importance of forensic accounting to institutional investors. He founded the Center for Financial Research & Analysis in 1994, which sold and published research aimed at uncovering accounting anomalies. Thanks mainly to Schilit’s efforts, such analysis is now widely used by the financial community.