What do Michael Jackson’s Doctor of choice Conrad Murry, Ponzi fraudster Bernard Madoff and Shane Warne have in common? They’ve all been involved in legal action that involves the use of digital forensics.

In the first two cases, digital forensics played a large part in producing evidence that ultimately led to convictions. Conrad Murray’s charges were argued in court with the use of digital records of Michael Jackson’s treatment, contributing to Mr Murray being found guilty.  In the case of Bernard Madoff’s ponzi scheme, digital forensic investigations of records going back to the use of floppy disks were tendered as evidence during his case, leading to most of his investors being eligible for between 60% and 100% return of their invested funds after he was found guilty.

In Shane Warne’s case, a thorough investigation of the Shane Warne Foundation’s operations by the Australian Charities and non-profit commission have revealed no wrongdoing with digital forensics in this case being used as a strong source of evidence against any potential fraud having taken place.

When it comes to your own business, how prepared are you for the possibility of digital fraud occurring?  Do you have a plan in place to handle the time-critical initial stages of an investigation? The STOPline has extensive expertise in computer forensics, so if you have an issue that potentially involves the use or misuse of a computer, electronic storage media or system, please contact us as soon as possible.  We will be able to provide some immediate practical advice on the steps to take to preserve the available electronic evidence.

For more information or guidance, please call Scott Mann or Andrew McLeish at STOPline on (03) 9882 4550, or email us at forensictech@stopline.com.au.