INTERNATIONAL ACCOUNTING FRAUD
II HISTORY OF ACCOUNTING PROFESSION AND FRAUD ENVIRONMENT
A- Birth of profession
B- Lack of accounting STANDARDS
A- External audit
IV MOTIVATIONS OF FRAUD
A- Personal initiatives
B- Market expectations
C- Special circumstances
D- Cover-up fraud
V METHODS TO REDRESS THE FRAUD
A- Court case
B- Provisory administration
In the book Creative Accounting, Fraud and International Accounting Scandals, by Michael J. Jones, the author provides several important topics with regard to identifying and also correcting fraud. Some of the areas that ...view middle of the document...
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