Here we Go Again? Another Enron?

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Short-seller and hedge fund manager, Jim Chanos, contends that the Alibaba Group is as problematic in its accounting positions as the now-defunct, corrupt energy giant, Enron. Questions: 1. What part of the company’s operations are most problematic and why? 2. What does cash flow have to do with this story? 3. What does Chanos claim… Read more »

Loss-Prevention Profiling at CVS

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Four former loss-prevention employees from the CVS chain in New York filed a class-action lawsuit on June 3rd against the drugstore chain, accusing their bosses of ordering them to target black and Hispanic shoppers. According to the detectives, they were fired after complaining about racial discrimination, against both customers and themselves. Questions: 1. Why is… Read more »

The More Things Change, The More They Stay the Same

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Walmart’s board elected a new chairman at its annual stockholders’ meeting last week. As only the third chairman in the retail giant’s history, the post was passed on to a member of the founding Walton family. Questions: 1. What type of background does Mr. Penner have that will be beneficial in this post? 2. Why… Read more »

Exploding Water Pipe – Fraud Alert

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Forty-five government entities are now joining whistleblower John Hendrix’s suit against JM Eagle. The suit alledges that the largest PVC pipe manufacturer committed fraud by intentionally selling pipe to governments, where the company’s internal quality controls showed 50 to 80 percent failure rates. Questions: 1. What was Hendrix’s position with the firm and what did… Read more »

A New Trend?

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According to the Associated Press (AP), Chinese companies are withdrawing from the US stock market amid accusations of improper accounting by some companies, as well as complaints that low share prices do not reflect the true value of Chinese companies. On top of this, the AP note that a state bank has provided $1 billion… Read more »

No More “Neither Admit or Deny”

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The Securities and Exchange Commission, in a fundamental policy shift, said Friday, January 6, that it would no longer allow defendants to say they neither admit nor deny civil fraud or insider trading charges when, at the same time, they admit to or have been convicted of criminal violations. This has been a longstanding practice… Read more »

OK, tell me again, how is this NOT a prosecutable felony?

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In late June 2004, a plant manager in charge of a Mexican plant of Tyson Foods sent a memo to his headquarters in Springdale, Arkansas about 2 women who did not work for Tyson’s but were being paid from his payroll, the equivalent of $2,700 per month (and had been for years). The women happened to… Read more »

Not too squeaky clean

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A suit called GSP Finance LLC v. KPMG LLC was filed on March 29 with GPS alleging that KPMG “was well aware of the desperate financial condition of Hicks Sports” — specifically, the Texas Rangers and Dallas Stars — when it was hired to conduct the ’08 audit. The suit says Hicks Sports Group suffered… Read more »

Where’s the paper trail?

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As more and more Americans face mortgage foreclosure, banks’ crucial ownership documents for the properties are often unclear and are sometimes even bogus, a condition that’s causing lawsuits and hampering an already weak housing market. Docx, and companies like it, were recreating missing mortgage assignments for the banks and providing the “legally required signatures” of… Read more »

Is the Game Rigged? Say it ain’t so!

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The Securities and Exchange Commission has filed civil charges against a former director of Goldman Sachs and Procter & Gamble, accusing him of passing illegal tips about those companies to Raj Rajaratnam, the hedge fund manager set to go on trial next week for insider trading. Rajat K. Gupta, former Goldman director, is the highest-profile… Read more »