Tag: Accounting Fraud

SEC Charges China-Based Tech Company Cloopen Group with Accounting Fraud

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced settled accounting fraud charges against Cloopen Group Holding Limited, a China-based provider of cloud communications products and services whose American depositary shares formerly traded on the New York Stock Exchange. The SEC determined not to impose civil penalties against Cloopen because the company self-reported its accounting issues, cooperated extensively with the staff’s investigation,…

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SEC Charges Former Pareteum Executives with Accounting and Disclosure Fraud

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced charges against the former Chief Financial Officer, Edward O’Donnell, and the former Chief Commercial Officer, Victor Bozzo, of New York-based telecommunications company Pareteum Corp. for engaging in fraudulent revenue recognition practices. The SEC also announced settled charges against Pareteum’s former Controller, Stanley Stefanski, for his role in the scheme. Pareteum previously settled to…

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SEC Charges Former MusclePharm Executives with Accounting and Disclosure Fraud

The Securities and Exchange Commission today filed a settled complaint charging Las Vegas-based nutritional supplement company MusclePharm Corp.’s former Executive Vice President of Sales and Operations, Brian H. Casutto, former Vice President of Sales, Matthew J. Zucco, and former contract Chief Financial Officer, Kevin R. Harris, for engaging in improper revenue recognition practices to achieve revenue growth demanded by its…

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Accounting-Fraud Indicator Signals Coming Economic Trouble – WSJ

Unless you study accounting, you have likely never come across the M-Score, which is the number underlying both the Enron episode and the economywide concern now. The “M” is for manipulation, and uses a company’s financial statements to determine whether it is engaging in manipulation. Since the 1990s, the metric has been used to identify red flags at individual companies.…

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SEC Charges Roadrunner Transportation Systems, Inc. with Accounting Fraud

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced settled charges against Roadrunner Transportation Systems, Inc. for engaging in a multi-year accounting fraud scheme from at least July 2013 through January 2017. Roadrunner is a shipping and logistics company based in Downers Grove, Illinois. According to the SEC’s order, Roadrunner manipulated its financial reports to hit prior earnings guidance and analyst projections.…

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SEC Charges Canadian Cannabis Company and Former Senior Executive with Accounting Fraud

The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged Cronos Group Inc., a Nasdaq-listed cannabis company based in Toronto, for improperly accounting for millions of dollars of revenue and for other accounting misconduct in multiple reporting periods. The SEC also charged Cronos’s former Chief Commercial Officer, William Hilson, with fraud and aiding and abetting the company’s violations. In agreeing to settle with…

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SEC Charges Former Controller of Network Infrastructure Company with Accounting Fraud

The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged Daniel Moser, the former controller of FTE Networks, Inc., a network infrastructure company formerly based in Naples, Florida, for his role in a multi-year accounting fraud. This alleged scheme conducted by Moser, along with three senior executives previously charged by the Commission in July 2021 and June 2022, inflated the company’s revenues for…

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SEC Charges Surgical Implant Manufacturer Surgalign and Former Senior Executives with Accounting and Disclosure Fraud

The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged Surgalign Holdings, Inc., formerly RTI Surgical Holdings, Inc., and former executives Brian Hutchison and Robert Jordheim for masking disappointing sales numbers by shipping future orders ahead of schedule to accelerate, or “pull forward,” revenue and then failing to disclose this practice to investors. In June 2020, RTI restated its public financial statements from…

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Four is the Loneliest Number: How strategic rounding of EPS results may predict aggressive financial reporting

While the occurrence of quadrophobia in a company may represent legitimate accounting discretion and may not necessarily indicate any potential violations of accounting standards or efforts to manage earnings, the study took a deeper look to determine, if management practiced strategic EPS rounding, would they be more likely to engage in other forms of problematic financial reporting behavior. Based on…

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