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Financial statement fraud A former chairman, CFO, and controller of Donnkenny, Inc., an apparel company that makes sportswear for Pierre Cardin and Victoria Jones, pleaded guilty to financial statement fraud. These managers used false journal entries to record fictitious sales, hid inventory in public warehouses so that it could be recorded as “sold,” and required sales orders to be backdated so that the sale could be moved to an earlier period. The combined effect of these actions caused $25 million out of $40 million in quarterly sales to be phony. a. Why might control procedures listed in this chapter be insufficient in stopping this type of fraud? b. How could this type of fraud be stopped?

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Chapter 8, Problem 8.8EX
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Financial statement fraud

A former chairman, CFO, and controller of Donnkenny, Inc., an apparel company that makes sportswear for Pierre Cardin and Victoria Jones, pleaded guilty to financial statement fraud. These managers used false journal entries to record fictitious sales, hid inventory in public warehouses so that it could be recorded as “sold,” and required sales orders to be backdated so that the sale could be moved to an earlier period. The combined effect of these actions caused $25 million out of $40 million in quarterly sales to be phony.

  1. a. Why might control procedures listed in this chapter be insufficient in stopping this type of fraud?
  2. b. How could this type of fraud be stopped?

Expert Solution

(a)

To determine

Internal Control: Internal control refers to the policies, and plans of the business organization along with other measures with a view to safeguard its assets, encourage the employees to adhere to the plans, to improve on the operational efficiency, and to ensure correct and reliable accounting information.

Five elements of internal control are as below:

  • Control Environment: Control Environment refers to the attitude of top brass of the company or the corporate culture. The top brass of the company must set the tone to improve the morale for rest of the employees of the business.
  • Risk assessment: The business must be able identify the risk associated with it, and accordingly use the internal control to safeguard its assets and ensures fairness in presentation in accounting information.
  • Control procedures: The objective of setting the control procedure is to ensure that the business achieves its objectives.
  • Monitoring controls: The internal control used in the business is being monitored by the internal auditors who are hired by the business, to ensure that the employees are adhering to the policies of the business and running the operations efficiently. The external auditors on the other hand ensures that the business accounting records are being maintained in accordance with the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).
  • Information and communication: Information and communication system is important for a business and hence only authorized persons should be allowed the access to the confidential accounting information. Approvals are also should be made mandatory for the transactions by the control system.

To explain:

The reasons for the procedures that are listed in the chapter are insufficient for stopping the frauds.

Explanation of Solution

Frauds planned and made by senior managers of a company are very difficult to detect as they have power to ...

Expert Solution

(b)

To determine

To explain:

The ways through which frauds happened above can be stopped.

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