SEC Looks at Unusual Transactions

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The Securities and Exchange Commission launched a probe of circumstances surrounding Eastman Kodak (KODK) and a $765 million government loan it received last week to make pharmaceutical ingredients at its U.S. facilities. Questions: What happened to Kodak stock between the announcement of its government loan to make pharmaceutical ingredients and the announcement of the SEC probe? Which… Read more »

Interesting News: Open-Source Protective Filter

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According to Forensic Magazine, consumers of media content today face a number of challenges in determining the trustworthiness of the information they find online, particularly with the new phenomena of deepfakes. Questions: Has this been used yet to perpetrate a financial fraud? Can you think of a way that it could be used for fraud… Read more »

KPMG Turns the Page

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According to Accounting Today, KPMG is appointing new leaders to its U.S. audit, tax and advisory businesses, as well as a new leader in charge of growth & strategy, in an effort to boost its reputation after a number of scandals. Questions: What was the scandal involving PCAOB inspections of the firm? What were the… Read more »

Fraud Disgorgement by SEC Ruled OK

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In an 8-to-1 decision, written by Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the court said the money must be for the benefit of investors and cannot exceed the actual profits that came from the wrongdoing.  Questions: Which justice voted against the majority saying that the law does not give authority to the SEC for the practice of disgorgement?… Read more »

New York City Eviction Rates Will Soar Soon

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According to the New York Times, eviction cases are expected to soar in New York City as housing courts reopen and landlords seek to recoup income lost during the pandemic. Questions: What is the estimate of how many eviction actions will be filed in New York City’s housing courts in the coming days? In addition… Read more »

E&Y Sues Wirecard AG

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According to Bloomberg News and Accounting Today, accounting firm Ernst & Young was sued over its work for Wirecard AG, just two days after Wirecard’s headquarters were raided as part of a market manipulation probe. Questions: What is Wirecard AG? What does E&Y’s suit allege? Discuss what the issues are related to Wirecard’s purported fraud…. Read more »

Executives Defraud Chinese Pharmaceutical Company

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According to Bloomberg, China’s securities regulator blacklisted six executives for their role in a $4.2 billion accounting scandal at Kangmei Pharmaceutical Co., one of the country’s biggest drugmakers. Questions: What did the executives do? What did the firm admit to that allowed the fraud to occur? What was the problem with the fine ordered for… Read more »

What’s your following worth?

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According to The New York Times, as the coronavirus continues to disrupt lives and livelihoods, influencers are offering free money to Instagram followers and gaining a lot more in return. Questions: What are popular personalities paying fans to do? Where does the cash come from? Although the cash offers on Instagram may look like lifelines… Read more »

Deceptive Practices

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Progressive Leasing, which offers rent-to-own programs at major retailers like Best Buy and Lowe’s, has agreed to pay $175 million to settle allegations it misled consumers, the Federal Trade Commission said Monday. Questions: What trade violations did the complaint allege? Why did FTC Commissioner Rebecca Kelly Slaughter say that the settlement did not go far… Read more »

If You Have Dollars, We’re On Standby

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According to the New York Times, lobbyists are waiting in the wings as the Federal government opens up for coronavirus business. Questions: Which agency has been battling a lot of fraudulent products related to the coronavirus outbreak? How much money did Congress allocate to the EPA to facilitate faster regulatory processing of coronavirus-killing disinfectants? Explain… Read more »