Who Can You Trust in the World of Money Laundering?

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Augustine Osemwegie, the owner of a used car dealership in Fall River, Massachusetts, has pleaded guilty to money laundering. Questions: How was Osemwegie caught? What was the method he used to launder money? Was this his own money? Explain. Source: Media Team of RegXSA. (2022). US-based owner of used car dealership pleads guilty to international… Read more »

Audacious Fraud

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Dermatologist, Farhaad Riyaz, peer-voted as one of the top doctors in the Washington DC area in 2019 committed one of the most bizarre frauds in recent times, according to The Washingtonian.   Questions: How did Dr. Riyaz perpetrate the crime? What was the scheme? What is and/or was his potential punishment? Who did Dr. Riyaz… Read more »

Finally the End for Nikola Motors (NKLA)?

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According to Electrek.com, Nikola Motors has lost almost its entire supply chain leadership over the last few months as the situation at the company is starting to look dire. Questions: Why has the founder of Nikola Motors been in the news over the past few years? Why did the company move away from developing a… Read more »

Major Supplier Under Cyberattack

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According to the New York Times, Toyota, the world’s largest automaker, said on Monday that it had suspended all production in Japan after a possible cyberattack at a major supplier. Questions: What is the name of Toyota’s major supplier? Why have cyberattacks become increasingly more common in Japan in recent years? What will the stoppage… Read more »

Are they the Bitcoin Bonnie and Clyde?

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According to the New York Times, Ilya Lichtenstein and Heather Morgan were charged with conspiracy to launder billions of dollars worth of Bitcoin.Credit. Questions: What was the Bitfinex hacking? What was the role of the complex shuffling of Bitcoin by the couple in the fraud in January 2017?   When the government executed a search… Read more »

Fraud at Amazon Warehouse

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According to The Verge, an Amazon warehouse manager faces long prison sentence and fine when pleading guilty to stealing $273,000 worth of computer parts and selling them to a wholesaler. Questions: What was the position of the manager? Why is it more likely that a person in his position rather than basic warehouse staff would… Read more »

Kraft Heinz Fraud

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Today’s column offers a review of a clawback fraud; CFO.com explains that Kraft-Heinz (KHC) reported supplier contracts that made it appear as if expense savings were provided in exchange for past or same-year events performed by the company when, in reality, they were upfront payments in exchange for a future benefit from KHC. This was… Read more »

ID.me

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The IRS has implemented a new verification process for taxpayers who want to access their online tax accounts and self-help tools that includes taking a selfie and submitting a photo of their driver’s license or passport to the third-party service, ID.me. Questions: Why are they requiring this new authentication procedure? True or False: Selfies from… Read more »

Is your state one of them?

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In a recent article in Accounting Today, Michael Cohn presents the standout states for the highest rate of business fraud. Questions: Which state is the highest? Which state is the lowest? Which state were you most surprised about and why? Which state had the highest single amount per fraud? What was the difference in how… Read more »

Jury Still Deliberating

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According to the New York Times, a federal jury in California is struggling to reach a unanimous verdict on three of 11 charges against Elizabeth Holmes, former CEO of Theranos. Questions: What is the maximum sentence for each federal fraud count? How many counts of fraud is Ms. Holmes facing? What is the makeup of… Read more »