Bernie Ebbers, the Telecom myth

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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 »

Who can you trust?

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According to the New York Times, L Brands (the parent company for Victoria’s Secret and Bed, Bath & Beyond) has somehow avoided the messy board scrutiny of cronyism and time devoted to gender misconduct and sexual harassment training. Instead, the company has focused on the practice of retaliation against those alleging sexual harassment complaints. Questions:… Read more »

Ghosn Update

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According to the New York Times, Carlos Ghosn, former automobile CEO who proclaims his innocence, was aided in his escape from Japan by an American security consultant on a Turkish chartered jet. Questions: Who was the American security consultant? How did MNG Jet, the charter company, allow Ghosn on the plane? After Ghosn got to… Read more »

Stay Tuned: Carlos Ghosn – On the Lamb?

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At the time of this writing, Carlos Ghosn has unexpectedly left Japan. Questions: What charges is Carlos Ghosn facing? In exchange for Mr. Ghosn’s release from prison on bail, earlier this year, what were the terms? In which country are anonymous sources reporting that Mr. Ghosn is staying? Source: Flitter, E. (2019). Carlos Ghosn, Fallen… Read more »

Bernie Ebbers Gets Out Early

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According to Accounting Today, Bernie Ebbers, infamous for the World Com fraud was granted early release for health reasons. Questions: What is the First Step Act and why did the author think that this had a bearing on the case? How long had Bernie Ebbers served? When MCI went bankrupt as a function of the… Read more »

Stealing Streaming

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According to the Washington Post, a pair of Las Vegas computer programmers pleaded guilty last week to operating massive unauthorized streaming services that authorities say rivaled the libraries of Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu and cost copyright owners millions. QUESTIONS; 1. How did the two men steal these amounts of money? 2. What was iStreamitAll’s… Read more »

The Last Act

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After years of continually beating the market with quarterly revenue targets, Parker H. Petit, CEO of MiMedx Group, Inc., was sued by the SEC for  allegedly engaging in a “wide-ranging fraud” to inflate revenue. Questions: What is the industry type in which MiMedx operates? What were the ways in which the company perpetrated the fraud?… Read more »

What were these guys thinking?

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According to the Washington Post, two Southwest Airlines pilots allegedly hid a camera in a plane’s lavatory and live-streamed the video to an iPad mounted on the windshield of the cockpit aboard a flight, according to a lawsuit filed by a flight attendant. Questions: What type of suit is this? When did this incident happen?… Read more »

Who will decide the fate of the CFPB?

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Today, according to VOX, the Supreme Court announced that it will hear a lawsuit challenging the leadership structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Questions: According to the article, who championed the establishment of the CFPB? In general, who leads most federal agencies and who leads most independent agencies by contrast? How is the… Read more »

Exxon Fraud Case Begins

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According to The Earth Island Journal, New York prosecutors working for then-Attorney General Eric Schneiderman issued their first subpoenas in 2015 to Exxon, claiming that the oil giant used two sets of books and misled investors by downplaying the potential costs of carbon emissions. Next week, the case is actually coming to trial. Questions: Is… Read more »