Artificial Intelligence and Law

, Volume 12, Issue 4, pp 419–446 | Cite as

Towards a Financial Fraud Ontology: A Legal Modelling Approach

  • John Kingston
  • Burkhard Schafer
  • Wim Vandenberghe


This document discusses the status of research on detection and prevention of financial fraud undertaken as part of the IST European Commission funded FF POIROT (Financial Fraud Prevention Oriented Information Resources Using Ontology Technology) project. A first task has been the specification of the user requirements that define the functionality of the financial fraud ontology to be designed by the FF POIROT partners. It is claimed here that modeling fraudulent activity involves a mixture of law and facts as well as inferences about facts present, facts presumed or facts missing. The purpose of this paper is to explain this abstract model and to specify the set of user requirements.


evidence financial fraud knowledge modeling law legal ontology user requirement analysis World Wide Web 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • John Kingston
    • 1
  • Burkhard Schafer
    • 1
    • 2
  • Wim Vandenberghe
    • 1
  1. 1.Joseph Bell Centre for Forensic Statistics & Legal ReasoningUniversity of EdinburghUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.School of LawUniversity of EdinburghUnited Kingdom

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