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Some companies, at one period or another, have manipulated their financial statements in order
to achieve certain statistic goals, deceiving the investing public, and or stockholders, the Security
and Exchange Commission, the financial analysts, and Wall Street advisors. Please select one
company to conduct a research paper addressing (but not limited to) the following research
questions: What creative accounting practices were used by the CEO, CFO, and COO? How was
the company found out? What penalties, fines, and sentences were assessed and to whom? What
did the executive management do to stretch, bend, manipulate, and/or break recommended
accounting principles to reach their deceptive financial goals?
Go to find such a company on Accounting and Auditing Enforcement Releases for the years of
2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, and 2016 from SEC website following the link below:
https://www.sec.gov/divisions/enforce/friactions.shtml. Make sure that you choose a company
(not an individual person), as indicated by Co., Inc., Corp., etc. Also make sure that you can find
the chosen company’s filings via Edgar:
https://www.sec.gov/edgar/searchedgar/companysearch.html. You can search your chosen
company’s annual financial statements, quarterly financial statements, and corporate governance
information from the 10-K, 10-Q, DEF 14A filings, respectively. From these filings, you can
gain an understanding on the company’s background and search for accounting numbers to
facilitate your data analyses.