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Mark J. Nigrini, PhD


Mark J. Nigrini is an Associate Professor at the Chambers College of Business and Economics at West Virginia University. Nigrini’s research passion is a phenomenon known as Benford’s Law which relates to the fact that there are predictable patterns to the digits in lists of numbers. The smaller digits (1s, 2s, and 3s) are expected to occur more frequently in scientific and financial data. Benford’s Law has proved itself to be valuable to auditors in their quest to uncover fraud in corporate data. Nigrini’s current research addresses advanced theoretical work on Benford’s Law, employee fraud, and the use of analytics in auditing and forensic accounting. Nigrini’s work has been featured in The Financial Times, New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal and he has published papers on Benford’s Law in academic journals and professional publications. He is a regular presenter at the ACFE’s Global Conferences. Nigrini has consulted with listed international conglomerates and state and local governments on fraud detection and preventive and detective controls. He also regularly presents workshops for accountants and auditors in the U.S and abroad. He recently presented a keynote session in Panama and his 2019 engagements included events in Bahrain and Italy.