Called to Account: Fourteen Financial Frauds that Shaped the American Public Accounting Profession

Called to Account: Fourteen Financial Frauds that Shaped the American Public Accounting Profession

by Paul M. Clikeman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415996988

ISBN-13: 9780415996983

Pub. Date: 12/11/2008

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Accounting fraud and how it has affected business practices both in the U.S. and internationally has never been of greater importance than it is now. Called to Account describes fourteen financial frauds that influenced the American public accounting profession and directly led to the development of accounting standards and legislation as practiced in the US

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Accounting fraud and how it has affected business practices both in the U.S. and internationally has never been of greater importance than it is now. Called to Account describes fourteen financial frauds that influenced the American public accounting profession and directly led to the development of accounting standards and legislation as practiced in the US today. This entertaining and educational look at these historic frauds helps enliven and increase understanding of auditing and forensic accounting for students.

Chapters describe the tricks fraudsters such as "Crazy Eddie" Antar and "Chainsaw Al" Dunlap used to fool their auditors. Readers will learn how MiniScribe employees disguised packages of bricks as inventory; how Equity Funding personnel programmed the company’s computer to generate 64,000 phony life insurance policies; and how Enron inflated its profits by selling and then repurchasing money-losing assets.

Complementing these chapters on high-profile crimes and criminals are chapters that trace the development of the public accounting profession and explain how each scandal shaped current accounting practices. Designed to complement dry, uninvolving auditing and advanced accounting texts with an engaging narrative, Called to Account also includes discussion questions and a useful chart which shows instructors and students how each chapter illustrates topics in leading accounting and auditing textbooks.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415996983
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/11/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
358
Sales rank:
1,375,227
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Preface 1. Scandal and Reform Part I: Birth of a Profession 2. Out of Darkness 3. Ivar Kreuger 4. McKesson & Robbins 5. Into the Spotlight Part II: The Profession’s Principle Problem 6. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles 7. National Student Marketing 8. Equity Funding 9. Déjà Vu Part III: The Savings & Loan Crisis 10. It’s a Wonderful Life? 11. ESM Government Securities 12. Lincoln Savings & Loan 13. Bank Robbers Part IV: The Expectation Gap 14. Auditors and Fraud 15. ZZZZ Best 16. Crazy Eddie 17. Closing the Gap Part V: The Litigation Crisis 18. Auditors’ Legal Liability 19. Fund of Funds 20. MiniScribe 21. Litigation Reform Part VI: Beginning of the End 22. Auditor Independence 23. Waste Management 24. Sunbeam 25. End of the Millennium Part VII: From Profession to Regulated Industry 26. Professionalism 27. Enron 28. WorldCom 29. The Perfect Storm 30. Conclusion Appendix A: Discussion Questions Appendix B: Suggestions for Integrating Called to Account with Popular Auditing Texts

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