The Sarbanes Oxley Act Of 2002

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Jamie Brown

Abstract The Sarbanes Oxley Act of 2002 was created to extinguish doubts on the financial system that were introduced during the financial collapse of Enron, a resource trading company that was brought to its need by corporate greed and corruption. Enron’s downfall could have been avoidable should there have been any transparency into the finances of the company for the shareholders. It was for this fact that the Sarbanes Oxley Act introduced many new factors of protection for transparency, separation of duties and tougher penalties for those who violated investor trust. All of these facts will be reviewed and discussed to show their impacts on businesses still functioning today.
Most people remember the Enron scandal that surfaced in 2001 and took down the goliath company within months. The corruption and greed that surfaced in the months after Enron went into bankruptcy was astounding and has been studied over and over again as to how exactly it was allowed to happen. Enron, combined with the bankruptcy of other giants such as Tyco and WorldCom, all due to corporate corruption and greed lead to the creation of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. The Act was named after its primary creators, Senator Paul Sarbanes and Representative Michael Oxley and was intended to “protect investors by improving the accuracy and reliability of corporate disclosures made pursuant to the securities laws, and for other

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