Better Late than Never

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Defense Department Comptroller David Norquist announced that the Department of Defense (DoD) would undergo its first-ever, financial audit beginning this month. Questions: 1. How many auditors will be tasked with spreading out across the department to examine the records? 2. How much in assets is it estimated that the Pentagon has? 3. According to Norquist,… Read more »

Impending Huge Penalties!

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The Kansas Supreme Court found that FedEx drivers were illegally misclassified as independent contractors from the late 1990s through 2011, despite being treated as employees. According to Alan Pyke, FedEx set contract agreements with delivery and pickup drivers in order to avoid the higher costs associated with making the drivers full employees. Questions: 1. What… Read more »

Maybe not such a good business plan.

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In Crumbs Bake Shop’s most recent Form 10-Q filed with the SEC, the company disclosed that its auditors, Rothstein Kass, “expressed substantial doubt about our ability to continue as a going concern.” Questions: 1. Since the IPO of Crumbs, how much has the stock dropped? 2. Explain the statement that Crumbs published in its 10-Q… Read more »

Hyundai & Kia overstated mileage

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Hyundai Motors America and Kia Motors America are being forced to lower the fuel economy estimates on the majority of their 2012-13 models after an investigation by the Environmental Protection Agency found that the companies overstated the fuel efficiency numbers for their vehicles in previous years. Based on the audit, they will also have to… Read more »

Gotcha Ya’

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Four high-ranking federal lab workers found a way to turn “per diem” funds for a temporary assignment into a steady flow of extra income at taxpayers’ expense. Questions: 1. Explain “per diem.” 2. Based on the article, approximately how much money did each scientist receive fraudulently, per year? 3. How was the scheme discovered and… Read more »

Audit Irregularities

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According to a report released on Feb. 15 in San Francisco county, about 400 recent foreclosures were determined to involve either legal violations or suspicious documentation.  This recent report suggests how pervasive foreclosure irregularities may be across the nation. Questions: 1.  What is the acronym for the mortgage database that was started in 1995 to track… Read more »

Audit Firm Rotation – Coming to a Theater Near You?

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On Wednesday, November 30, the Internal Market Commissioner, Michel Barnier, suggested that radical changes are needed for auditing firms. Barnier said recent apparent audit failures at AngloIrish and Lehman Brothers banks, BAE Systems and Olympus “would strongly suggest that audit is not working as it should”. Under Barnier’s plan, the four top firms will have… Read more »

International Auditing Inspections

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PCAOB Chairman James R. Doty sees the audit profession as being at a turning point, not just in the U.S., but globally. One of Doty’s greatest priorities is gaining access to China to conduct inspections of PCAOB-registered firms. He said that meaningful progress was made at the May 9 U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue that… Read more »

Not too squeaky clean

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A suit called GSP Finance LLC v. KPMG LLC was filed on March 29 with GPS alleging that KPMG “was well aware of the desperate financial condition of Hicks Sports” — specifically, the Texas Rangers and Dallas Stars — when it was hired to conduct the ’08 audit. The suit says Hicks Sports Group suffered… Read more »