Netflix studios on a roll!

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After capturing the most 2020 Oscar nominations of any studio, Netflix stock is trading up 3.5%. Questions: Which film received the most nominations? Between Netflix movies and original series, how many total Oscar nominations did Netflix receive? How does this compare with its Golden Globe awards? According to Bloomberg data, what is the consensus price… Read more »

Ghosn Update

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According to the New York Times, Carlos Ghosn, former automobile CEO who proclaims his innocence, was aided in his escape from Japan by an American security consultant on a Turkish chartered jet. Questions: Who was the American security consultant? How did MNG Jet, the charter company, allow Ghosn on the plane? After Ghosn got to… Read more »

Stay Tuned: Carlos Ghosn – On the Lamb?

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At the time of this writing, Carlos Ghosn has unexpectedly left Japan. Questions: What charges is Carlos Ghosn facing? In exchange for Mr. Ghosn’s release from prison on bail, earlier this year, what were the terms? In which country are anonymous sources reporting that Mr. Ghosn is staying? Source: Flitter, E. (2019). Carlos Ghosn, Fallen… Read more »

Bernie Ebbers Gets Out Early

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According to Accounting Today, Bernie Ebbers, infamous for the World Com fraud was granted early release for health reasons. Questions: What is the First Step Act and why did the author think that this had a bearing on the case? How long had Bernie Ebbers served? When MCI went bankrupt as a function of the… Read more »

Stealing Streaming

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According to the Washington Post, a pair of Las Vegas computer programmers pleaded guilty last week to operating massive unauthorized streaming services that authorities say rivaled the libraries of Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu and cost copyright owners millions. QUESTIONS; 1. How did the two men steal these amounts of money? 2. What was iStreamitAll’s… Read more »

Jay-Z settlement prior to fraud charges

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According to Accounting Today, the founder of apparel licenser Iconix Brand Group, which last month settled a high-profile dispute with the rapper Jay-Z, was charged by federal prosecutors with inflating the company’s revenue and earnings. Questions: Who was named in the indictment? What are their roles in the investigation? How much was the civil settlement… Read more »

The Last Act

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After years of continually beating the market with quarterly revenue targets, Parker H. Petit, CEO of MiMedx Group, Inc., was sued by the SEC for  allegedly engaging in a “wide-ranging fraud” to inflate revenue. Questions: What is the industry type in which MiMedx operates? What were the ways in which the company perpetrated the fraud?… Read more »

Falsified Data

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According to the Associated Press, an investigation showed that the Kansas City School District falsified attendance data for three years in a bid to regain full accreditation from the state. Questions: 1. What was the result of overreporting attendance? 2. How many officials were involved in the 3-year scam from 2013 to 2016? 3. How… Read more »

Big Business Bust

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This week, Aventura Technologies in Long Island, allegedly tried to conceal the fact that Chinese-made surveillance and security equipment were made in America. Questions: Agents from which bureaus raided the company? How long has the scheme been going on and how does that compare to the ACFE’s average time for this type of fraud? Who… Read more »

Exxon Fraud Case Begins

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According to The Earth Island Journal, New York prosecutors working for then-Attorney General Eric Schneiderman issued their first subpoenas in 2015 to Exxon, claiming that the oil giant used two sets of books and misled investors by downplaying the potential costs of carbon emissions. Next week, the case is actually coming to trial. Questions: Is… Read more »