Royal Fraud?

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Spain’s Princess Cristina was questioned in court over whether she and her husband illegally used company funds for personal expenses, including lavish parties at their modernist Barcelona mansion. Her her husband, Inaki Urdangarin, former Olympic handball medalist turned businessman, is accused of defrauding regional governments of millions of euros of public money. Questions: 1. Summarize… Read more »

Do you really have a 2nd job?

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This is an interesting fraud that took place at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). John Beale, a retired, former EPA employee, collected paychecks from approximately the year 2000 through 2013 even though he had absence totaling about 2 1/2 years. What was his alibi? He claimed falsely that he was simultaneously working undercover in special… Read more »

Plain English: It’s all about influence!

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In June, GSO Capital Partners LP, a unit of the Blackstone Group LP provided a loan to Codere SA, a Spanish gaming operator who owns betting parlors and race tracks in Europe and South America. Interestingly, the terms of the loan provided a guaranteed return on credit default swaps, which outmaneuvered sellers of the protection…. Read more »

A Back Door or Bribery?

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JP Morgan’s “Sons and Daughters” hiring program is under scrutiny by federal regulators. Confidential documents obtained from the company are being explored to shed light on whether the program indicates wrongdoing by the bank to hire children of China’s ruling elite, in order to secure existing and future business from Chinese-government-run companies. Questions: 1. Based… Read more »

How do Nonprofit Organizations Deal with Fraud?

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Nonprofit organization, all too often take a common approach of foregoing legal action against fraudsters rather than prosecuting them. This article covers a recent fraud and explains why many nonprofits bypass legal action in exchange for cash. Questions: 1. Summarize the case of fraud at the Progressive Policy Institute and include red flags of fraud… Read more »

Word to the Wise: Watch the Spelling!

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Ephonia Green has given away 275 wedding gown ensembles to military brides over the last five years from her bridal shop in Maryland. But how has she been able to afford such philanthropy, while working as a $56,000-a-year administrative assistant for a nonprofit organization? Since 2005, when Green started receiving publicity for her charitable gifts… Read more »

Do you have to be Good at Accounting to Embezzle $16.6 M from a Small Business?

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A fruitcake company, the Collin Street Bakery, in Texas just found out the answer to this question! The company’s controller, Sandy Jenkins, 64, of Corsicana, Texas, was arrested by special agents of the FBI on a federal criminal complaint charging 10 counts mail fraud and allegations that he wrote 888 checks totaling $16.65 million to… Read more »

A Dragnet for Astroturfing

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As a result of a year-long investigation, New York regulators will announced on September 23, 2013 that they would crackdown on deceptive and fake Internet reviews on products and services. Agreements have been reached with 19 companies to cease their misleading practices and pay a total of $350,000 in penalties. Questions: 1. Where were some… Read more »

Donald Trump is in the News Again!

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New York Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman, has sued Donald Trump for $40 million as a result of what he terms a fraudulent educational program through “Trump University.” The program promised to make students rich but instead steered them into expensive and useless seminars. They also failed to deliver promised apprenticeships. Questions: 1. Instead of meeting… Read more »

Gift Scandal in Virginia

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There has been a growing investigation into gifts that Virginia’s governor and wife have secured from businessman, Jonnie R. Williams Sr. One of the key issues that the FBI is investigating is Governor Bob McDonnell’s ties to a company known as Star Scientific and gifts from its chief executive is Mr. Williams. Questions: 1. Based… Read more »