During the past year, your company has discovered three major frauds. The first was a $3.9 million theft of inventory that had been going on for six years. The second was a $2.8 million kickback scheme involving the most senior purchasing agent. She has been allowing certain customers to overcharge for products in return for personal payments and other financial favors. The third was an overstatement of receivables and inventories by a subsidiary manager to enhance reported earnings. Without the overstatement, his unit’s profit would have fallen far short of budget.
The amount of overstatement has yet to be determined. All three of these frauds have been reported in the financial newspapers and have been embarrassing to the company. In response to the these incidents, the board of directors has demanded that management take “positive steps to eliminate future frauds.” In their words, they are “sick and tired of significant hits to the bottom line and negative exposure in the press.” The responsibility to develop a program to eradicate fraud has fallen on your shoulders. You are to outline a comprehensive plan to prevent future frauds. In devising your strategy, outline the roles the following groups will play in preventing fraud:
• Top Management • Middle Management • Internal Audit • Corporate Security • Audit Committee • Legal Counsel Why are each of the group above reluctant to take the responsibility for detecting and preventing fraud? Who should be responsible? Please include a biblical application in your discussion. Must support assertions with at least 3 scholarly citations in APA format in addition to the course textbook and the Bible.
Each reply must incorporate at least 1 scholarly citations in APA format in addition to the course textbook (Chapter 4: W. Steve Albrecht; Chad O. Albrecht; Conan C. Albrecht; Mark F. Zimbelman (2019). Fraud Examination, 6th Edition. Boston, MA: Cengage. ISBN: 978-1-337-61967-7) and the Bible. Any sources cited must have been published within the last five years. Acceptable sources incluiqude professional, scholarly, peer-reviewed sources.