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As discussed in the video introduction, accounting fraud in large public companies has produced its fair share of major news headlines over the past 20 years. Even though laws like Sarbanes Oxley have been put in place to minimize the opportunity for financial fraud, the threat is still real in todayâ€™s corporate environment.
Imagine you have been hired to oversee the financial audit of a major company in your city. During the audit, one of the companyâ€™s employees has disclosed a potential fraud situation involving an accounting department supervisor. In addition to alerting your own manager about the situation, which one of the following options below would you choose to perform next as you proceed with your investigation? Why do you feel your choice would be most effective? Discuss the reasoning for your selection. Only choose one.
- Option A: Gather additional information by interviewing other company employees.
- Option B: Meet with other members of the management team to discuss the companyâ€™s current internal controls for preventing fraud.