This is a great article looking at the outcome of a recent SEC investigation into Medifast's financial reporting from 2006 through 2009. Medifast disclosed, without admitting or denying the SEC's findings, that under the terms of the settlement it has consented to a Cease-and-Desist Order and agreed to pay a $200,000 civil penalty.
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The video touches on what motivates the average person to commit fraud; Pressure, Opportunity, and Rationalization. It also explains how accountability begins at the top level with the actions and attitude of the CEO, Board of Directors, and Audit Committee. Next it moves into suggestions for helping to prevent fraud, such as professional skepticism and training all employees to detect red flags. Last but not least, the video explains the importance of the Internal Auditor, who helps assess fraud risk and test the efficiency of internal controls.
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