According to the New York Times, the former chief of WorldCom, convicted in one of the largest corporate accounting scandals in U.S. history, died yesterday, just over a month after his early release from prison. Questions: What happened to World Com in 2002? How long was Ebbers sentence and what were the allegations against him?… Read more »
Posts Tagged: Financial Statement Fraud
Fraudsters Never Sleep
While retailers want shoppers to pick up online orders in stores in order to save on shipping costs, Buzz Feed notes that this new method has led to an increase in fraudsters trying to steal orders. Questions: 1. How many more shoppers chose to buy purchases online and pick them up in stores during the… Read more »
Now you See it, Now you don’t.
The Federal Trade Commission has issued a warning to consumers that criminals are posing as government officials and asking people to use a gift card to pay a bogus tax bill or get a new Medicare card. Questions: 1. How much money was lost to this scam in 2015? 2. How much money was lost… Read more »
What is Farm Fraud?
Brad A. McIntyre, 35, of Bastrop, La., was sentenced on one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, five counts of mail fraud and four counts of money laundering related to engaging in monetary transactions in property derived from specified unlawful activity via farm fraud. He was also sentenced to three years of supervised release… Read more »
Big Time Food Stamp Fraud
Sheriff Mike Williams of Jacksonville, Florida, announced Tuesday the results of a multi-agency, undercover investigation into the exchange of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits for cash and, in at least one case, cocaine. Questions: 1. From 2012 to 2017, how many food stamp transactions were fraudulent in Jacksonville and what was the dollar amount?… Read more »
A Good Case for Whistleblower Status?
The executive director of an arts charity, D. Alexandra Dyer, was attacked with drain cleaner last year. On Friday, she was fired by the board of the charity, along with the financial officer who helped her unearth what the authorities have called a $750,000 embezzlement scheme. Questions: 1. What led up to the “Drano” attack?… Read more »
What a Heist!
Swift — the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication — is billed as a supersecure system that banks use to authorize payments from one account to another. However, last week, Swift announced that hackers had captured $81 million from Bangladesh’s central bank in February and that other similar heists have been attempted. Questions: 1. According… Read more »
Shkreli Smurks at Congress and Later Calls Them “Imbeciles”
Martin Shkreli, the former chief executive of Turing Pharmaceuticals, repeatedly exercised his Fifth Amendment right to avoid self-incrimination, infuriating members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Mr. Shkreli is facing federal securities fraud charges. Questions: 1. What is the scandal that Mr. Shkreli’s company is apart of? 2. What is the connection… Read more »
Enormous Chinese Ponzi Scheme!
A criminal investigation by Chinese officials has found that the online company, Ezubao, once a dynamo of the financial industry, offered mostly fake investment products to its nearly one million investors. This has highlighted the urgent need for tougher supervision of online financing system in the world’s second largest economy. Questions: 1. What interest rate… Read more »
Asset Forfeiture Followup
During 2014, law enforcement officers took more property from American citizens than burglars did. This was a new record. Questions: 1. What was the source of these data? 2. Why aren’t the asset forfeiture deposit amounts necessarily good indicators of the rise in the use of forfeiture? 3. Why are the net assets of the… Read more »