In recent years, have increasingly explored fraudulent accounting activities. Allegations of “cooking the books” or “creative accounting” exploded in 2002 with the revelation of improper accounting scandals in major corporations such as AOL, WorldCom, Kmart, Enron, and Arthur Andersen; however, without the vigilance of forensic accountants, many of these misdeeds would have gone undetected. As such, this Discussion aims to familiarize you with the process of evaluating when an activity is fraudulent, as well as the legal and ethical impacts of such activities.
The first chapter of your course text, “Core Foundation Related to Fraud Examination and Financial Forensics” introduces you to a variety of fraudulent activities. Specifically, Table 1-1, “Common Fraud Schemes,” highlights an array of fraudulent acts. For this Discussion, select and focus on a common fraudulent activity from Table 1-1 in your text.