Open Access Honors Program Thesis
Last year, COVID-19 brought an unprecedented global crisis to the world. As experts continue to analyze the virus itself, it is also necessary to study the aftermath of the pandemic. This includes any unforeseen consequences from the actions taken by people and governments trying to navigate their way through the chaos. This project aims to focus on one of these consequences: fraud. Past disasters and crises have unfortunately shown that these times of need for people are often when third parties, businesses, or even victims themselves take advantage of the situation for personal gain, often at the expense of those looking only to provide aid. This study will analyze trends of fraud in relation to COVID-19, specifically those committed against the US Government, and use the results to provide a clear view of the impact these frauds have had on the nation. This pandemic has taken so much from this country, including the lives of over 600,000 Americans (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2021). Fraud is yet another element of the pandemic’s destruction that people may not be aware of. Analyzing this data will help gauge the total economic impact of COVID-19 related fraud, and more importantly, can help prevent future instances of the same fraud across new disasters the country finds itself in the wake of.
Year of Submission
Department of Accounting
University Honors Designation
A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation University Honors
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©2021 Derek LaBarge
LaBarge, Derek, "Fraud and COVID-19: An unintended downside of government aid during the pandemic" (2021). Honors Program Theses. 524.