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Thomas O'Halloran and Beth Mohan deal with local fraud cases working for Forensic Solutions. James Clifton, seated, teaches a class in business fraud at North Dakota State University. David Samson / The Forum

Fraud pervasive even in 'honest' Upper Midwest

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Fraud is alive and well in the Fargo-Moorhead area.

"Per capita we have just as much crime here as there is in the big city," said Thomas O'Halloran, a 30-year federal and private fraud investigator.

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U.S. organizations lose an estimated 7 percent of their annual revenues to fraud. In 2008, this translated into about $994 billion, according to the Austin, Texas-based Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

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