Insider Trading

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According to the Washington Post, Stephen Buyer, ex-GOP Congressman from Indiana, is accused of exploiting nonpublic information in his role as a corporate consultant to reap hundreds of thousands of dollars in profits. Questions: Which arm of the government charges individuals with insider trading? During what period did Buyer act on insider trading information? What… Read more »

Largest Penalty Fine Ever by the SEC for Ernst &Young (EY) Cheating

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According to the New York Times, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said the cheating involved hundreds of EY’s workers from 2017 to 2021, resulted in the largest penalty ever imposed by the agency against an auditing firm. Questions: What amount was the fine imposed by U.S. securities regulators? What were the three (3) charges… Read more »

Trouble Ahead? Bad Economic Week

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Are we headed for a recession? Questions: What is the opinion of Goldman Sachs’ CEO? What did JPMorgan Chase’s CEO say? What did Elon Musk say? What is your opinion and why? Source: Mui, C. (2022). More than 60% of executives think a recession will hit soon, new survey finds. Fortune, June 17 (Retrievable online… Read more »

Two Sets of Books

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According to the New York Times, a congressional committee looking into wrongdoing within the Washington Commanders N.F.L. franchise referred the case to the Federal Trade Commission. Questions: What did the 20-page letter to the FTC allege? What is the basis of the team’s categorical denial of financial impropriety? If true, what would the allegations mean… Read more »

Exploiting Inflation to Pad Bottom Lines

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According to The Washington Post, some companies are exploiting inflation to pad their bottom lines. Questions: What evidence indicates that companies are raising prices to exploit rather than in relation to underlying cost increases? If companies are passing on their own higher costs to consumers, their _______________ should stay roughly the same. How do analysts… 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 »

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 »

The Challenges of an Intern: Evidence Destruction

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According to the Washington Post, Mary Goddard, a former intern at the Sununu Youth Development Center in New Hampshire, says a supervisor suggested she destroy her notes and lie about a teen’s sexual assault allegation. Questions: What did the intern do? What happened to her supervisor? What would you have done as an intern? What… Read more »

Golden Arches wants their Money Back

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According to the Washington Post, McDonald’s,the fast-food giant claims Steve Easterbrook, whose severance package is said to be worth $42 million, destroyed a paper trail of his “inappropriate personal behavior.” Questions: What did Mr. Easterbrook cover up? Why did the company reopen the firing case back up in July? How did the company find out… Read more »

Does This Situation Seem to be Ethically Correct During a Pandemic?

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  HCA Healthcare, one of the world’s wealthiest hospital chains, earning more than $7 billion in the past two years and worth $36 billion, paid its chief executive $26 million in 2019. However, as the pandemic spread across America, HCA did not provide adequate protective gear to medical staff, froze wages for nurses, and has… Read more »