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James's Dilemma To Resign Or To Serve

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To resign or to serve Background of case: The Prairieland Bank was a medium-sized, Midwestern financial institution and their management have a good reputation for backing successful deals. Since their profit was decrease, it has caused their management start to renegotiate many loans. Ben Hunt who is the audit partner on the Prairieland Bank was concern to give an opinion on the fairness of their business financial statement. This is because the provision for doubtful loans is too low even they have taken many loans. During the interview to discuss this problem with the CEO and Vice President of finance, he was told that they already know it but they didn’t want to increase the provision as ...view middle of the document...

Even they know their action is illegal or not comply with financial regulations, they just ignore it as long they can make more profit. If James serves to the Prairieland Bank, they maybe just follow their client’s financial systems. However in the long term period, this could affect their reputation as they did not giving any correction or recommendation of it. If other auditor especially for external auditor comes to audit their client’s financial reporting, they will think that James and their client are conflating with each other since the fraud make by client is clear and it is illegal with the financial regulations. So, in the future, no client will hire Ben and James as their auditor and indirectly their firm also will affected by his doing in which they will lost more client.


To resign or to serve Stakeholders in the Case: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Prairieland bank Ben Hunt James London CEO of Prairieland Bank Insurance Company Jack lane

Propose Decision in the Case: To visit the client and indicate the intention of Ben Hunt and James London to resign

Fundamental Interest

When I make the decision I must ensure that:


The decision should give more benefit than cost/ burden to the stakeholders


The distribution of benefits and cost/ burden should be fair to all stakeholders.


The decision should not offend the rights of stakeholders and decision maker.


To resign or to serve Case Evaluation According to the 5 Questions by Graham Tucker:

The Question


Ethical or Not Ethical

Is the decision profitable?

In a short term perspective, the decision is considered as not profitable because it will result the audit firm to lose one of its client, which is Prairieland Bank. The client also will incur another cost to appoint new auditor to audit their financial statements.

Not ethical

Is the decision legal?

According to the law and regulations, auditors have their duty to act honestly and it is their responsibility to give or express an opinion on the fairness of their client’s financial statements. Here, Ben and James resignation is due to their concern about the risk associated if they continue to serve Prairieland Bank and ignore the changing of some accounting policies made by the client’s management, which is illegal. If they continue to serve Prairieland Bank, they are deemed to disobey their responsibilities, which is wrong. Therefore, the decision made by James and Ben to resign is considered legal. Ben and James’s decision to resign is considered fair because they deserve to choose whether to resign or to continue serve the client. If they resign, they can maintain the firm’s credibility and reputation as auditors. While, Prairieland Bank will not actually take the greatest burden as it still can appoint a new auditor (Jack Lane) to audit its financial statements.


Is the decision fair?


Is the decision is the right

As auditors, Ben and James have the right choose...

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