This case is based on an actual situation. Centennial Construction Company, headquartered in Dallas, Texas, built a Rodeway Motel 35 miles north of Dallas. The construction foreman, whose name was Slim Chance, hired the 40 workers needed to complete the project. Slim had the construction workers fill out the necessary tax forms, and he sent their documents to the home office.Work on the motel began on April 1 and ended September 1. Each week, Slim filled out a timecard of hours worked by each employee during the week. Slim faxed the timecards to the home office, which prepared the payroll checks on Friday morning. Slim drove to the home office on Friday, picked up the payroll checks, and returned to the construction site. At 5 p.m. on Friday, Slim distributed payroll checks to the workers.RequirementsDescribe in detail the main internal control weakness in this situation. Specify what negative result(s) could occur because of the internal control weakness.Describe what you would do to correct the internal control weakness.

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This case is based on an actual situation. Centennial Construction Company, headquartered in Dallas, Texas, built a Rodeway Motel 35 miles north of Dallas. The construction foreman, whose name was Slim Chance, hired the 40 workers needed to complete the project. Slim had the construction workers fill out the necessary tax forms, and he sent their documents to the home office.

Work on the motel began on April 1 and ended September 1. Each week, Slim filled out a timecard of hours worked by each employee during the week. Slim faxed the timecards to the home office, which prepared the payroll checks on Friday morning. Slim drove to the home office on Friday, picked up the payroll checks, and returned to the construction site. At 5 p.m. on Friday, Slim distributed payroll checks to the workers.

Requirements

  1. Describe in detail the main internal control weakness in this situation. Specify what negative result(s) could occur because of the internal control weakness.
  2. Describe what you would do to correct the internal control weakness.
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Expert Answer

Step 1

Internal control: Internal control is a policy or procedures enforced by management in an organization to increase the safety of assets, efficiency, accountability and to reduce fraud.

Step 2
  1. State the main internal control weakness in this situation as shown below:

 

Foreman is the person who is having the responsibility to hire workers and assign jobs for completion of the contract work. The internal control weakness, in this case is the construction foreman who hires the workers, fills the timecards of hours worked for payroll and collects the payroll checks. Construction foreman is the sole p...

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