Monday, June 3, 2013

City Governments Committing Financial Statement Fraud

The Wall Street Journal reported recently that city governments in Pennsylvania, Florida, California, New Jersey and Illinois are increasingly being charged with financial statement fraud in their bond offerings. In the case of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, the SEC stated that:
...this is the first time the (SEC) has "charged a municipality for misleading statements made outside of its securities disclosure documents."
According to "Anthony Figliola, a vice president at Empire Government Strategies, a Long Island-based consulting firm to local governments. 'Harrisburg is the tip of the iceberg.'"

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