Long Awaited Agreement is Only a First Step

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According to Thomson Reuters, the U.S. Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) on Aug. 26, 2022, finally signed an agreement with Chinese authorities that will allow the board to inspect and investigate audit firms based in China and Hong Kong whose clients trade on American exchanges. Questions: When will the PCAOB start inspections? What were… Read more »

Jury Still Deliberating

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According to the New York Times, a federal jury in California is struggling to reach a unanimous verdict on three of 11 charges against Elizabeth Holmes, former CEO of Theranos. Questions: What is the maximum sentence for each federal fraud count? How many counts of fraud is Ms. Holmes facing? What is the makeup of… Read more »

Another Ponzi Scheme

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A recent Department of Justice (DoJ) press release indicates that John Piccarreto, Jr., 38, of Rochester, NY, was convicted of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and filing a false tax return in connection with a Ponzi scheme. Questions: What was Mr. Piccarreto’s sentence and the amount of restitution required? How many investors were defrauded? What… Read more »

If You Build It, They Will Respond

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According to Leonardo Matignas, it’s time to build boards of directors in a “future-fit” direction. Questions: According to an EY survey, what percentage of CEOs around the world agree that public opinion will become as important to companies as their investors in the next five to 10 years?  At the same time what percentage of… Read more »

Big Shakeup!

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The Securities and Exchange Commission abruptly removed William Duhnke as chairman of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board.  Questions: According to the new chair, what does this firing report to do? Why has the PCAOB come under recent scrutiny? How long has Duhnke been chair? According to the article, why shouldn’t PCAOB members be replaced… Read more »

Trustify cannot be Trusted

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According to the Washington Post, the CEO for a sort of “Uber for private investigators” called Trustify was sentenced to 97 months this week for fraud. Questions: What is the CEO’s name and age? Did the company make a profit? Explain. Originally the CEO was sentenced for 9 years. Why was his sentence shortened? How… Read more »

Redemption for Volkswagen

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According to the New York Times, executives at Volkswagen made a commitment to electric vehicles that now is paying off after the diesel scandal five years ago. Questions: According to the article, what is the ID.4 and when will it be available to customers? Why did the article say that Volkswagen’s entrance into the electric… Read more »

GE owes $200 Million fine

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According to Accounting today, General Electric Co. was fined $200 million for allegedly misleading investors about the finances of its gas-power unit, as well as a run-off insurance business. Questions: According to the article, what did GE fail to explain to its shareholders? What is GE required to report for the first year to the… Read more »

Next Time Wear a Cold Water Wetsuit

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According to CBS, Sacramento, a fleeing Ponzi scheme suspect is now in custody after a daring escape on a submersible scooter from FBI agents. Questions Who is the subject and what is alleged? Where did this take place? How long had the subject been under FBI surveillance? What is the sentence that the subject faces?… Read more »

Hedge Funds Feed off of the Troubles at Malls

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According to the New York Times, as the COVID pandemic accelerates the demise of some brick-and-mortar retailers, hedge fund investors profit handsomely. Questions: Who was Catie McKee, hedge fund analyst talking to last October about her investment strategy? How much did the investor(s) make for the trade within Ms. McKee’s firm that more than doubled… Read more »