The Case Of Phar Mor Inc.

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The Case of Phar-Mor Inc.
Fraud will always be an issue but it has been more prevalence in the past before there were any specific guidelines for business entities and accountants to adhere and conform to.
It is observed that those with higher positions in a company could let the power get to them at times and can use that power for their personal benefits. The Sarbanes-Oxley Act set standards to try to prevent future scandals like in the case of Phar Mor Inc., the Waste Management scandal and Enron.
Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) was created to address the reoccurrence the likes of the several major scandals of the past. The nature of those past years scandals made it clear that preventative measures was a possible way to prevent any future scandals. And the efficacy of Sarbanes Oxley Act, many people as well as companies believed that fraud is easy to prevent.
In the case of Phar-Mor fraud, the company was involved in cover up and some accounts were created to hide the fraudulent activities. Bad inventory counts in the stores were made to help with the cover up and deceit about activities that cost hundreds of millions of dollars. (Williams, S.L., 2011)
The Sarbanes Oxley Act came to existence after numerous scandals on financial misappropriation and inaccurate accounting records. The nature of scandals made it clear there are possible measure that could be used to prevent future occurrence of financial scandals. And the existence and effectiveness of Sarbanes Oxley has caused

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