General Cable Corporate was fined more than $75M for "...not having effective programs & internal controls necessary to proactively address corruption risks and accounting errors." Terrible considering it would have cost them <$50K to become compliant using the Vibato program and they would have also been able to experience the benefits of compliance such as more efficient procedures, shorter close duration, balanced workloads, etc...The CEO & CFO also had to return a total of $5.8M in combined compensation - that they were entitled to - but that they forfeited simply because they failed to follow the rules and comply with the Sarbanes Oxley laws. Expensive lesson...Read More
This is a great email alert that came out today from the SEC:Read More
The SEC recently proposed new rules regarding property disclosures for mining registrants. Take a look at the details of the rules below:Read More
SEC Approves PCAOB, Form AP, on Disclosing Engagement Partner Name
PCAOB rules for disclosing the name of the engagement partner and information about other firms participating in audits have been approved by the SEC. Starting January 31, 2017, auditors will be required to fill out Form AP with the PCAOB disclosing all engagement partners working on public audits and information about other audit firms participating in the audit. This information will be searchable by engagement partner name, audit firm, or public company on a public database.Read More
Here's a quick tip on how your 10-K language may need to change to represent your compliance with the new COSO 2013 standards / Sarbanes-Oxley. Remember, this is due by 12/15/2014, it is not optional, and if you directly reference the 1992 guidance like most companies do, you will need to make this edit.
We learned of this proposal today and we thought our readers would be interested. This change would have an inpact on the financial reporting requirements for all public companies.
The SEC charged Jenny Copland of South Florida with defrauding investors in a Ponzi Scheme targeting the local Colombian-American community by telling investors that her company Immigration General Services operated through an investment broker that would invest the money she raised in immigration bail bonds and turn a profit.
Since our Vibato® Internal Control Suite® tools are available in Mandarin and our products have been being sold in China for several years, we are always interested in news surrounding SEC audits there. It is unfortunate to see a US-based auditing firm failing their clients and helping to continue the negative press China companies often receive while trying to comply with SEC standards.
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.
The SEC has charged the former CEO of ChinaCast Education Corporation with stealing tens of millions of dollars from investors and the former president with illegally dumping stock after helping to steal company assets. Read more here.