Fraud Prevention

In 1990, Suzanne was preparing financial statements and tax returns for a firm whose controller was tardy in producing documents. Her discovery that he was embezzling money from the firm led to his arrest and the recovery of all of the funds. As a result of that experience, Suzanne was retained to conduct other fraud investigations. She went on to develop fraud prevention methodology that goes beyond internal control evaluation. The methodology deters an employee who is prone to steal; if theft does occur, it makes it likely that the crime will be discovered quickly.

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Mythology of Money
Suzanne is also the author of a course about MONEY and an upcoming book about the Mythology of Money. The course and book guide students to investigate the stories they have about MONEY or the lack of it, and challenges their attitudes and beliefs.

MONEY is one of the ways we measure our success and it affords us the enjoyment of our life, so why don't we talk about it? Instead, some of us abdicate our responsibility to others or just don't deal with it. To some it is considered the "Last Taboo."

In the book and the course, Suzanne will talk about religious and psychological aspects of our relationship to MONEY and also the action required to change outmoded attitudes and beliefs. For more information, visit the Mythology of Money website.

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About Cloutier and Associates


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At Cloutier and Associates we provide accounting services including financial statements, tax returns, projections, and business advisory services to entrepreneurs and investors in closely-held businesses in various industries including internet technology, real estate, professional services, tax-exempt organizations, and others. We help clients maximize opportunity and minimize expenses which results in improved cash flow, increased net assets, and higher profit margins.

  • Financial statements
  • Projections
  • Business plans
  • Due diligence
  • Fraud prevention
  • Retirement planning
  • Tax planning and compliance

​Suzanne Cloutier, PhD, CPA
Suzanne has more than 25 years in public accounting and founded Cloutier and Associates in 2003. A graduate of Central Connecticut State College and Pacifica Graduate Institute for her PhD in Mythological Studies with Emphasis in Depth Psychology, her professional affiliations include the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants. She is a current board member of Women’s Economic Ventures in Santa Barbara.