Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Madoff and the SEC: Serious Conflicts Existed

The NY Times recently discussed the results of a report on the SEC showing that a lawyer with heavy involvement in the Madoff case had serious conflicts of interest. Here are a few key quotes from the article:

Monday, September 26, 2011

Lance Armstrong Investigation: Money Trails and Ferraris

I apologize for being so slow to comment on this news but last week I was taken out of commission by a long-boarder who ran into me while riding my bike. I ended up with a broken arm, broken rib and broken bike frame, not to mention a lot of road rash and a concussion. I was unconscious for about ten minutes, or so they say. But, enough of the excuses. What do I make of this news about Lance and Michele Ferrari? Here is my take:

Deloitte and Taylor Bean: Real Money is on the Line

Another of the Big 4 is being sued regarding their audit of a firm that was allegedly committing serious fraud during the mortgage meltdown, Taylor Bean. Here is an excerpt from an article on Bloomberg which describes the lawsuit involving Deloitte:

The Cost of Loss [Guest Post]

Fraud affects everyone. According to a recent survey, US businesses lose an estimated $400 billion due to fraud each year. The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners found that one in four employees commits fraud at some point in their careers, and a quarter of those employees worked for their employer for more than ten years! Every industry feels the loss associated with fraud, and the public often foots the bill. Despite the best efforts of auditors and accountants to detect fraud, the losses remain steady from year to year. As a question of forensic psychology, what motivates loyal and otherwise trustworthy people to take dishonest advantage of employers? Regardless of individual circumstances, we find surprisingly similar motives and means.

Rouge Traders and Double Standards

You may have seen the recent news of a rouge trader at UBS whose trading activity led to a $2 billion loss for the company.  In a recent blog post, the WSJ highlights what may be a double standard in unauthorized trades:

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Ernst & Young and Lehman Case is Still Cooking

Fox News published a short article about litigation involving Lehman and its executives and mentioned that the lawsuit against EY is still progressing. The article says that testimony may be recorded in the near future about the motivation for Lehman's extensive use of Repo 105 transactions. Here are a few quotes:

Monday, September 5, 2011