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Why is internal control important for companies – and for students – to understand?

An article in Accounting Today from September 7, 2017, has the headline “Internal control weaknesses correlate with financial fraud.” Three accounting researchers* have found that “…the incidence of fraud disclosures at companies previously found by auditors to have material weaknesses in their internal controls is approximately 80 to 90 percent greater than companies on average, […]

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What internal controls might have stopped a Cargill accountant from embezzling $3.1 million?

Cargill, Inc., is the largest privately held corporation in the United States as measured by revenue. According to Wikipedia, if it were a publicly-held corporation, it would rank number 12 on the Fortune 500. In addition to its agricultural business, it also deals in energy, food ingredients, financial services, and a broad array of other […]

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