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by Sid Kirchheimer, AARP Comments 0. As temperatures drop, watch out for these 3 seasonal hoaxes. Beware of Utility Company Scams. En español The heat is on beyond what s displayed on your thermostat. During cold weather, scammers increasingly pose as utility company employees and other energy savers to try to get your money or valuables or sensitive information for identity theft.
Beware of utility company impostors or independent energy auditors that tend to appear unannounced at your front door. The callers claim to be billing representatives from your utility company but are actually crooks looking for a quick payoff. The Shutoff Swindle. In the most common utility con, which happens every winter and during peak air-conditioning season, customers get phone calls warning that their service is about to be shut off because of unpaid bills.
They tell you that to avoid an immediate shutoff, you need to settle an overdue bill by providing them with your credit card number or a prepaid debit card. In recent weeks, utility customers from Connecticut to Hawaii have been targeted in this longtime scheme. But this winter, some utility impostors have been demanding payment for several months worth of purported unpaid utility service, not just one, as had been the custom.
They can be convincing. But you should know that most utilities will mail at least one, if not several, past-due notices before terminating service. They may use spoofing software that lets them falsely display the name and phone number of your utility company on your Caller ID. If you get a cancellation notification especially by phonealways verify it by dialing the customer service number on your utility bill.
Don t give any information to the caller. The Supplier Switch. Have you been told you qualify for a 15 to 20 percent discount on your utility bill if you ll provide your customer account number. Before accepting the offer, know that the likely switch will simply take you to a different energy supplier. After all, your current supplier already has your account number. In many states, customers can switch their electricity or natural gas suppliers.
It s possible to compare rates and terms of state-vetted suppliers on the website of your state Public Utility Commission PUC. But beware Some suppliers employ telemarketers and door-to-door salesmen to recruit new customers with promises of lower rates for switching. But after a brief introductory period, rates may suddenly skyrocket and you find yourself locked in a long-term contract with high cancellation fees.
Attorney general offices in several states have sued energy suppliers for such bait-and-switch practices. But with that information in hand, the new supplier can switch your power service provider, either with your blessing or by slamming, the illegal practice of switching customers to another provider without their consent.
In some instances, you may be asked only for your name, address and utility account number not a credit card. Your best bet If you re interested in switching energy suppliers, avoid unsolicited offers and instead compare your options at your state s PUC website. Inspection Deception. Now is when utility company imposters or independent energy auditors tend to appear unannounced at your front door, offering a free inspection of your furnace and thermostat, or a free evaluation of your home s energy leakage.
But unless your utility company has notified you in advance or you initiated a request for an audit or inspection, don t let them in. Maybe that s why the Consumer Federation of America cited free energy audits as a burgeoning problem in its most recent top consumer complaints list. Assume that unsolicited energy auditors are really salesmen or home improvement hucksters pitching unnecessary expensive products, such as a 4,000 solar blanket for the attic that in fact can t live up to its claimed ability to capture the sun s rays through roofing materials.
Often, self-described inspectors are actually there for a quick burglary especially if they arrive in pairs. Or they may be trying to collect your personal information for identity theft. Don t be fooled if inspectors sport official-looking badges which can be printed from a computer or wear uniforms which can be rented or stolen.
Unless you expect any energy-related experts, keep your door locked. Sid Kirchheimer is the author of Scam-Proof Your Lifepublished by AARP Books. 11 Ways to lower your utility bills PROTECT YOURSELF Fraud Watch Network QUIZ Test your scams and fraud IQ Explore the full list of benefits available to you as an AARP Member.
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WARNING Google Hangouts A Hotbed For Scams Fraud. Though I did learn to target my audience expansion better and better, I would just leave it at that. For many years I have learned the social media game and built my network and status with a reach only the top 1 of individuals seem to have. When I first started to get serious, after realized I had some talent or skill at it and doubled down, I mainly focused on increasing my network sizer and reach.
That depth involved first learning how to engage my audience with a content strategy that I developed over time. This is extremely challenging, so much so that I would say that out of the 1 who do know how to expand their reach on social media perhaps 10 or less of those people so 0. 1 of the total actually know how to do that. From there I began to get back to earth and start implementing again bread and butter strategies that most of us know how to implement without the reach and status but can easily be forgotten in the highly rigorous, time-consuming and challenging process of building them.
Once I started to do that however I became open to being targeted for multiple scams. To speak more directly, at first I figured out how to grow my following, then I figured out how to get people to engage more and more with my content, and then finally I went back to implementing what I did before having the following and knowing how to engage with content, reaching out to people one-by-one to develop relationships while avoiding the pitfall of spamming people like so many erroneously try but in doing so put me in a more vulnerable position.
But before I go into that I want to point out that I noticed a particular pattern for a lot of these would be scammers most of which I could see right through and this pattern really confused me. It is a trend of women, on your strong platform of choice where you engage with individuals one-on-one, which could included any major social media platform for me, it was obviously Twitterthat 90 of them these days want you to continue communications on Google s Hangouts application.
When first picking up this pattern, I did some light research to try to uncover why Hangouts was so popular with women. What I found was that Hangouts is actually a pretty unpopular platform, so it only perplexed me more. However, this time, this week, there was finally a scammer strong enough with enough incentive for me to test the waters and to find out once and for all if these girls really are a fraud or not.
The reason I gave the benefit of the doubt was two-fold, the amount of money asked of me at the end of their pitch was 10 100X less than all the others I had dealt with before and the consistency of the person presenting herself and her story was better than any of the other attempted scams. Add to this a convincing personality portrayal and the fact that the images, videos and sounds used by the person appealed to my tastes the most as well. So this compounding of factors combined allowed me to give the benefit of the doubt and test the waters, I figured why not since it s such a small amount and now I could finally open up this case once and for all.
As usual she it could be a nerdy boy, a grown man, or some kind of team in reality started by approaching me with DMs on Twitter. Unlike many of the others who were very aggressive in saying they want a man or are looking for the perfect partner, all things which are very awkward and inappropriate to say at the beginning of the relationship and had no power in fooling me, this person spoke very naturally and gradually.
Clearly this person or team was much more experienced as people have begun wising up. Another point was that on her Twitter profile she had multiple pictures of herself all of which were clearly and consistently the same person many scammers will only have one picture of themselves and those that have multiple pictures often mess up by putting pictures of more than one model, clearly a red flag for inconsistency.
Moreover her story in conversation matched up with her bio description many don t have a bio or their stories don t match up. Even with this factor though I was able to avoid most scams or frauds because usually the individuals attempting this were weak, I had seen it before see Nigerian scams or there just was not enough incentive for me to prod further until the very week where I am writing this.
When you don t have such a large reach or status the amount of scams or fraud you might get targeted for can be few and far in-between, and for someone like me who has a nearly gifted IQ about 120 and knows technology inside and out, it was easy for me, on those rare occasions to avoid being defrauded or scammed.
When it reached a point where I could validate that what I had built was a legitimate foundation for a real business however I also started to implement more depth into my strategy. However when you do have a huge reach and status and you are not only engaging with your content but with each person individually it opens you up to attempts at being scammed or defrauded up to on a daily basis.
Speaking of her bio description and story, it had her as living in Texas yet interested in living in Canada, not even specifically my city as that could maybe be too obvious. but my general region of Southern Ontario. She said that she dreamed of moving here, so it was all very convincing. Also instead of aggressively asking for me to go on Hangouts first, she actually waited till I asked her to do a call to get her to know her better. It was only then, after I made several suggestions on how to contact which she said she was not accustomed to, that she suggested Google Hangouts.
So I decided to give the benefit of the doubt and connect with her there, knowing full well that things were now starting to fall into the suspicious category. I kept playing along, and to not be too proud, I will readily admit that I was actually somewhat convinced by this point, because of all of the reasons I already stated. However I would often double-take go back and check all those details again to make sure they lined up and so far they did. Here s the first red flag however which finally came up besides the fact that she followed the pattern of other scammers of wanting to get to know each other better exclusively on Hangouts which was that her name on Hangouts was different than her name on Twitter.
This is often a mistake of most of these scammers, since they probably change their social media profile names often to test what works better in hooking men, but it may be harder to change the name on Google Hangouts since it s tied to an account and Google account changes are notorious for taking longer to come into effect and are not instantaneous. Though once again I gave the benefit of the doubt because up to that point everything checked out. Throughout our conversations she began to send me pictures of herself, unlike some others who may start aggressively sending sexy or private pics, these were more the kind of pics you would expect from the early stages of a relationship, fully clothed selfies in public, and so on.
On top of this, those pics were consistent with the person I saw on Twitter often another failing of the scammers yet were exclusive pics of her not found elsewhere all very convincing so far. This scam operation was quite advanced. So it kept me hooked, and of course being a man, and a human being like any other, even with my high intelligence, in-depth knowledge and experience, even I was able to get my heart strings pulled albeit with a healthy dose of skepticism and out of the dozen or so women who tried this with me, she was the only one I was actually willing to give the benefit of the doubt.
Then the ask came into play. I told her on Twitter before we started connecting on Hangouts that she looked like she could be a model. She told me she was not confident enough and didn t believe she could but that after hearing my advice she wanted to start to try and hoped that I could help her to achieve it. Since I did have experience as a model Linked To Article On My Modelling In Japan By Clicking On The Text You Are Now Reading I obliged to try to help her.
Over the days she started to talk about that now she was going to a trainer to get fit so that she could meet the requirements to audition as a model. She now finally asked me for some monetary help with this. When I offered her the small amount of cash she needed, only 30 American 10 100X less than what the other scammers asked for in the past after all the relationship building she refused it an excellent strategy to build trust but instead asked me to pay her by sending her an Amazon gift card.
This, on the one hand had me trust her more and less at the same time. On the one hand she didn t want cash directly which was a good sign, but on the other hand, why in the world would a trainer only accept Amazon payments. I wanted to confirm that she was the real thing so I insisted we go beyond just the text communications and start doing calls. This is where the fraud and scam starts to break down, but still was very strong. When we first met on Twitter she said she was from a small town in Texas, and though didn t mention it at the time, by the point where we had gotten more connected and engaged on Hangouts, she started to try to call and receive calls, with little success.
The calls would not connect or there would be issues either lack of visual or lack of sound. She blamed this on having a very slow internet connection, this story checked out with her being from a small town, which are known to have weaker internet. Finally after many attempts, a call was able to go through, the first time it was only audio that I could capture from her.
But it was very strange, she never mentioned my name in the audio but kept calling me baby. She wasn t able to respond when I asked her questions or tried to communicate during the call. Soon the call would cut off and she kept blaming this on her bad internet connection, and saying that she couldn t hear me at all because of it. Since I wanted to give the benefit of the doubt this time, due to how well most things were checking out, I thought that since it was such a small amount of money she was asking for, I might as well bite the bullet to show her that I trust her enough to send her something.
After that, I started again trying to suggest different platforms to call on like Facebook messenger and Skype, but she insisted that Hangouts was the usual place she did calls and that we should simply try again. She would at times throughout our conversations be a bit slow to respond and would often delay our attempts to other days or times from when we were talking I think this is also a trust-building tactic, since the more time you know someone, especially if you have intermittent breaks, the more likely you are to think they are legit since they seem to clearly be doing something else other than this.
On that next attempt when the time came around, we tried again and finally I did get a video call, except this time there was no audio to accompany it. Once again the call cut off abruptly and she blamed a bad internet connection, once again saying she couldn t hear me. This happened twice. By this point I really started to get suspicious and so my creative juices started flowing on how I could request an appropriate way to identify her without questioning her authenticity.
You can use this strategy too to bait your potential scammer without having to send any money first. I thought that since she has a slow internet connection and these video calls were just not working we try something different, she could take a short video clip of herself saying my name or talking about what you previously discussedsomething that would be a challenge for someone posing as another individual using images, video clips and sound.
She agreed but at first once again kept coming up with reasons to delay doing so another reason I think these delays are put in place is when the victim starts to seem suspicious, by taking a break, it gives time for those bubbling feelings of suspicion to simmer, allowing them the chance to once again have the upper hand when attempting to take advantage again. Finally, as I had commonly stated through most of the conversations, I did not want my time wasted since I m an extremely busy person, I would only ever communicate with her for short periods of time, and whenever things dragged on, I would leave her and go back to my work.
I stated many time the fact that I was so busy and didn t want my time wasted, and after all these delays I had enough and requested that she send the video by the next morning. That was this morning, at the time of this writing. In the meantime, I finally became suspicious enough to go a little bit more in-depth with my research about Hangouts and how it may be a popular place to perform scams, and although the article has a religious bias colouring it unfortunately, it did contain a real story of it being a common place for this kind of fraud, presenting a scam-baiting project to uncover the crime Link To That Article Found By Clicking The Text In Parentheses You Are Now Reading.
When I woke up the next morning, I was presented with another couple of still images. That is not what I asked for. After pointing this out, within a few seconds she did send me a video clip, as requested. This video clip did include sound but she failed to mention my name or anything we talked about. This was a big red flag especially after reading that article and finding out why it is Hangouts is a hotbed for scams and frauds.
The reason it is, as stated in that article is that most major messaging and social media platforms now have filters in place to weed out the scammers and defrauders, Hangouts does not, and it is perhaps the only major platform that does not. That was a huge revelation for me; I finally found out why these women always chose Hangouts exclusively for communications. At this point I became more aggressive and even shared with her the article, her immediate reaction was to focus on the article s unfortunate bias against Islam, a religion I don t practice myself as I practice no formal religion or spiritual practice other than my own personal developments which I immediately responded that a very close member of my family practiced the religion, and that although I did not myself I stated that I respected all religions and that she should too.
Then I went ahead and got back to the point, send the video where she mentions my name and what we talked about, and although she kept agreeing to do so, and even at the time of this writing continues to try to contact me, she was never able to do this. Now asking to delay more once again with that defusing strategy before doing it, but now it was too late, she already got too many chances, and if she could take 15 seconds to write me those texts she could take a 15 second video clip without delay.
This pretty much confirmed my suspicion that she was just yet another scammer, trying to defraud men of their hard-earned cash, but that she was the most convincing and advanced on yet. Now my line became hard and I now stated that if she couldn t do it I could not believe or trust her, and she has yet to follow through on it though she keeps promising she really will.
The fact that the images and sounds used were of particular appeal to my tastes really played well into the scammer s hand as well. Though this may seem like a bad turn of events, I lost a small amount of cash and was finally fooled by one of them and should be embarrassed but in fact I am very happy it happened. The reasons I am happy are multiple.
Had she not been convincing enough I would never have tested the waters with a monetary commitment. Instead of those unnatural aggressive approaches, she took a very natural conversational approach which was much more convincing. If I hadn t gotten so deeply involved with one of the scammers I wouldn t have gone back to my research on the subject to get deeper into the possibility that Hangouts specifically is part of the trap I would not have found out so much what kind of physical appearance is really my type, since I ve been out of the dating game for years, having been married and recently separated.
I was able to blow the lid on this much more advanced strategy so I could share it with you and you could also be warned that unless you ve met the person in real life, Hangouts is NEVER a place to be trusted Perhaps make a small contribution to Google getting their act together and meeting the standards of other major platforms by putting in scamming and defrauding filters and algorithms in place. Moreover I even started to suspect that advanced chat bots may be being implemented for these scams as I found out in my research that Hangouts, like Twitter has an excellent chat bot system available.
Though it is unlikely that chat bots were used in iqoption deposito case, due to sophistication of this strategy, while I have been observing the chat bots for quite some time and know that most of them aren t even advanced enough to communicate naturally without a longterm machine learning process, which can get them surprisingly realistic. But even then, they often have slip ups and problems even in the most advanced chat bots. I also assume that most scammers aren t smart enough or capable to develop such advanced chat bots at this time, and it would be hard for them to develop them with machine learning based on this strategy.
Therefore I assume it is a team of real people, but that in the future we better watch out since chat bots may be able to eventually be advanced and accessible enough to the common scammer to employ this way besides only having enough know-how to know that Hangouts has a major gap to be taken advantage by these nefarious practitioners. Update She finally did make a video call where she was able to communicate properly and actually say my name. A lot of these clips, she is accompanied by another young woman who she s stated in messages is her roommate.
This leads me to believe that it was the real person behind it at least as part of a team the whole time, since she was actually able to tell me her name and mine and it all checks out. After some more communications I learned that although a team may be behind this, in this case it just seems to be a women taking advantage of the kindness of generous men with status online by hooking them into a supposed relationship. If this ever happens to you and you are not sure what to do, I have developed an effective strategy that actually works.
Once the potential mate talks money, instead of playing along with their rules, suggest that you can offer her a job. Make this professional where she needs to apply to your company email. Start by asking about her skills, talents and experience and formulate a position you believe she could fill based on that, stress that hangouts communications are personal only and cannot involve business or money, but that you are offering a fair opportunity to employ her through online work at your company.
If she accepts the job along the lines of YOUR rules the employer only and does a good job, you have a new solid staff. In most cases though you will see they cannot execute anything or really provide and employment value, then you know it s just yet another one of the many e-beggars; a dime a dozen. This list is not exhaustive.
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CPAs play a key role in this process. Do you know the best practices for setting up a corporate governance system. Can you spot governance weaknesses that might allow for fraud in an organization. Are you up to date with the latest events, issues, and trends on the corporate governance front. Take this Fraud IQ quiz and find out. Which of the following scenarios best exemplifies an agency dilemma. A sales manager for a publicly traded corporation knows that his employer is facing a temporary financial crunch due to the loss of a large sales contract.
He also knows that the organization is scheduled to roll out a new product in four months, which should more than make up for the lost revenue. To help his company report better earnings during the current period, he records fictitious sales to one of his division s biggest customers and plans to reverse those transactions once revenue picks up. His efforts give the company s profits a short-term boost, allowing the organization to meet its earnings targets for the quarter. A dentist hires a CPA to prepare the federal income tax return for his sole proprietorship.
However, the dentist intentionally provides the CPA with a report that understates the money the practice brought in, resulting in an underreporting of revenue and underpayment of income tax to the IRS. Two brothers are partners in an advertising firm. One has retired but retains a 50 ownership interest as a silent partner; the other is the CEO and has full responsibility for managing the organization.
Unbeknown to the retired brother, the CEO is running tens of thousands of dollars of personal expenses through the firm, reducing both profits and partnership distributions. Which of the following statements is true regarding corporate governance requirements for publicly traded U. Specific governance practices for U. public companies are mandated by the Uniform Corporate Governance Act. Unless explicitly excluded, all corporations listed on the New York Stock Exchange NYSE or Nasdaq Stock Market must adopt and disclose a code of conduct for all employees and report any waivers of the code for directors or officers.
Unless explicitly excluded, all corporations listed on the NYSE or Nasdaq must have an internal audit function. Specific governance practices for a U. public company are determined by the company s corporate governance committee. is a publicly traded company listed on the NYSE. Allen s board of directors is evaluating the company s corporate governance structure to ensure it follows best iqoption deposito to prevent and detect fraud.
The board contains three committees audit, compensation, and nominating. The audit committee consists of three directors, including Jackson, Allen s former director of finance. Jackson left the company four years ago and joined the board of directors this year. He was appointed to be the audit committee s financial expert because he is a CPA with extensive experience in preparing, auditing, and analyzing financial statements, and he is already familiar with the company.
The other two members of the audit committee are not financial experts and have never worked as auditors. The committee is responsible for the hiring, firing, and compensation of the independent auditors, as well as overseeing their work. Which of the following changes should Allen make to its board of directors. To comply with the NYSE s listing standards for public companies, Allen Corp. needs to add a risk management committee to its board of directors. Jackson should be removed from the audit committee because he worked for Allen Corp.
within the past five years. The two nonfinancial experts on the audit committee should be replaced so that all three members of the audit committee have accounting or auditing experience. The audit committee should continue to hire and fire the independent auditors, but management needs to determine the auditors compensation.
Which of the following is the most effective way to incentivize a CEO to build long-term shareholder wealth in an ethical manner. Provide an annual cash bonus based on the company s financial performance. Structure the compensation package to be made up of only a predetermined annual salary that is greater than those of other executives in the same industry. Include a generous pension in the employment contract. Require that stock options received must be held until the CEO s retirement.
In 2011, the SEC charged military contractor DHB Industries with accounting and disclosure fraud. What was notable about this case regarding corporate governance practices. In addition to charging the company, the SEC also filed separate civil charges against three board members. The company was the first to be found guilty of violating particular requirements of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. The findings of the case resulted in new rules on compensation committee independence.
The company s lack of an internal audit department resulted in a large increase in the penalties that were imposed. All of the following statements regarding the whistleblower provisions under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, P. 111-203, are true EXCEPT. Prior to the passage of the Dodd-Frank Act, the SEC could offer awards only for tips related to insider trading cases, and the award amount was capped at 10 of the penalties collected.
CPAs working on SEC engagements typically are not eligible to receive whistleblower awards if the information relates to violations by an engagement client. For a whistleblower to receive an award, the information provided to the SEC must result in monetary sanctions in excess of 1 million. Employee whistleblowers must report fraud internally before reporting to the SEC to qualify for an award. is a Chicago-based private company with several offices around the world. Because the company is so spread out, upper management does not engage in much direct communication with lower-level staff.
Nevertheless, Castle has a good reputation and has never experienced any serious scandals involving upper management. Stewart, an employee in the financial reporting department in Castle s Dallas office, is often asked by Gordon, his manager, to smooth revenue figures to meet the monthly goals set by the CFO. Gordon stresses that the Dallas office always meets the budget goals set by the corporate headquarters and that salaries are tied to these metrics.
Stewart is new at the company and figures that, although he seems to be violating GAAP, early revenue recognition is an acceptable practice at the company because Gordon told him to do it. Of the following, which is the best conclusion that can be drawn about Castle Inc.given this information. There is no ethics policy in place at Castle Inc.
does not have external auditors examining its revenue recognition policies. There is a poor tone in the middle at Castle Inc. has a policy that allows for income smoothing. When newly appointed Olympus President Michael Woodford blew the whistle on a 1. 7 billion cover-up in 2011, it drew global attention to Japanese corporate governance practices.
Which of the following is the reason this case was so noteworthy from a governance perspective. Olympus did not have an anti-retaliation policy in place. There were no independent directors on Olympus s board. The chairman of the board, Tsuyoshi Kikukawa, was never charged with fraud. Japan has a reputation for very strong corporate governance practices and transparency in financial reporting.
One of the most important ways shareholders can participate in the corporate governance system is to take part in director elections. However, there are many voting systems, some of which constrain the power of shareholders and limit their ability to monitor the board. In the United States, most public companies employ the plurality voting system. Which of the following best describes this system. Shareholders first write in nominees, and the candidates who receive the most nominations are then voted on by iqoption deposito shareholders.
Management provides nominees, and shareholders either vote for a director or withhold their vote. Shareholders provide the nominees, and management votes for or against each candidate. Management provides nominees, and shareholders vote for or against each candidate. Given the increased importance of, and attention to, protecting corporate intellectual property and sensitive customer and employee information, the area of information technology IT governance is a growing concern for many corporate boards.
Which of the following is true regarding how boards are addressing this issue. The majority of boards are creating separate IT risk committees to address IT governance issues. Boards are adding younger directors to iqoption deposito the boards overall familiarity with IT issues and risks. Boards increasingly are engaging outside IT experts to advise them on IT risks and issues.
The majority of boards are spending 20 or more of their meetings discussing IT-related risks and issues. c An agency dilemma exists when there is an inherent conflict between the motivations of two parties in an arranged relationship, one of whom the agent is intended to act on behalf of the other the principal. An agent can be a single individual, as with the CEO brother described in this question, or it could be a group, such as a management team at a public company.
The same holds true for the principal, which can be a single owner or a group of owners, such as shareholders in a public company. The scenario is exacerbated when the agent has access to information the principal cannot easily access. In this situation, the principal must rely on the agent s judgment but cannot ensure that the agent will act in the principal s best interest.
Public companies are far from the only entities that can run into an agency dilemma. The principal-agent dichotomy can occur at some private companies, such as those funded by a silent partner, venture capital, or angel investors. Nonprofits and government organizations have inherent agency issues, as donors rely on the nonprofit s staff for effective and efficient use of their donations and taxpayers elect officials to act on their behalf.
A robust corporate governance system addresses the agency dilemma by instituting mechanisms to align the interests of management and stakeholders and ensuring that no single party can make all the business decisions without the influence, input, or approval of other parties. However, it is important for the principals to note that while effective corporate governance addresses this issue and is a crucial component of antifraud efforts, even the most robust governance system will not eliminate the inherent agency problem that arises from the divergence of ownership and management.
b In the United States, corporate governance requirements are found in legislative and regulatory requirements imposed upon corporations. Each state has laws governing the corporations that are registered in it. Additionally, public companies are subject to federal legislation, such as Sarbanes-Oxley, as well as regulation by securities industry oversight bodies.
Specifically, companies with securities listed on the NYSE are bound by the corporate governance requirements contained in the NYSE Listed Company Manual ; similarly, the corporate governance standards issued as part of the Nasdaq Stock Market Equity Rules apply to all entities with securities listed on the Nasdaq exchange. The listing standards for the two exchanges are similar but not identical. For example, both the NYSE and the Nasdaq rules require listed companies to adopt and disclose a code of conduct for all directors, officers, and employees, and require that any waivers of the code of conduct for directors or officers be approved by the board of directors and disclosed such changes for employees are not required to be disclosed.
b The board of directors typically divides itself into independently functioning committees that have specific focus areas to make the most efficient use of the members time and expertise. However, while the NYSE rules state that all listed companies must have an internal audit function, the Nasdaq rules do not impose such a requirement. NYSE-listing standards require companies on the exchange to have at least three board committees audit, compensation, and nominating.
The presence of an audit committee gives stakeholders comfort that an independent body is ensuring the integrity of the financial statements. Audit committees are supposed to protect investors interests by taking the lead on oversight responsibilities in the areas of internal control, financial reporting, audit activities, and compliance. Responsibilities of the audit committee include appointing, compensating, and overseeing external auditors; reviewing financial reports; overseeing the effectiveness of the company s internal control structure; and overseeing the company s whistleblower policy.
Under NYSE listing standards, members of the audit committee must be independent, nonexecutive, outside directors. To be considered independent, audit committee members cannot receive any compensation other than what they are paid as a board member, cannot provide any advisory or consulting services to the company, and cannot have been employed by the company within the past five years.
Additionally, according to Sarbanes-Oxley, the company must disclose whether the audit committee has at least one member who is a financial expert. A financial expert is someone who has an understanding of GAAP, experience in the preparation or auditing of financial statements, experience with internal control, and an understanding of audit committee functions. d Executive compensation is a controversial topic, especially in the wake of corporate scandals, bank failures, and government bailouts, and is among the most important corporate governance issues boards face today.
The structure of executives compensation can set the tone for much of the organization s operations. If the incentives given to top management are numbers driven e.a high percentage of overall compensation in the form of cash bonuses based on short-term goalsthe corporate culture will also be numbers driven, which can foster an environment conducive to fraud. In contrast, an effective compensation structure can reinforce the expectations that management will work to achieve long-term results in an ethical manner.
To implement such an approach, the compensation committee must study the entire compensation system within the organization to determine whether the incentives and disincentives encourage an ethical culture, law-abiding behavior, and good corporate governance. To ensure the CEO is meeting the organization s strategic objectives, the compensation package must reward company performance and dissuade shortsighted leadership. The combination of stock options and cash payments i.salary and annual bonus is an effective compensation structure in this regard It gives executives the short-term incentive to earn the cash and the long-term incentive to add value to the company, making their stock worth more down the line.
The key, however, is to implement balancing measures, such as requiring executives who receive stock options or stock grants to hold the stock until or even beyond retirement or other departure from the company. If the compensation structure includes such policies, the interests of the executives are more closely aligned with the interests of the shareholders, and executives are incentivized to build shareholder wealth for their entire tenure at the company.
The practice is not yet widespread, but it is used by a number of large companies, including Exxon Mobil, PepsiCo, Time Warner, Wells Fargo, and Citigroup. a In its 2011 case against military contractor DHB Industries now known as Point Blank Solutionsthe SEC alleged that the company s senior officers misappropriated assets to personally benefit the former CEO, David H. Brooks, resulting in the filing of materially false and misleading periodic reports to investors.
Brooks was convicted of 17 counts, including insider trading and securities fraud, for the scheme, which netted him an estimated 185 million. While these findings alone are worth noting, from a corporate governance perspective, the case is most notable for the subsequent separate civil charges the SEC filed against three DHB Industries board members.
Those charges alleged that the directors were willfully blind to numerous red flags signaling the accounting fraud, reporting violations, and misappropriations. Despite being confronted with repeated and convincing evidence of fraud, the board members signed DHB s false and misleading financial reports, the SEC claimed. The three directors eventually agreed to a settlement calling for them to pay more than 1. 6 million in monetary sanctions and be subject to permanent officer-and-director bars by the SEC.
As this case illustrates, board members can be subject to liability exposure under state and federal law. Many states have laws that impose on directors the fiduciary duties of obedience, loyalty, good faith, and due care. Breaches of these duties can result in litigation. Consequently, potential directors should investigate a company s culture and management s integrity before accepting a board position and should be vigilant in exercising their fiduciary duties and oversight function.
d Section 922 of the Dodd-Frank Act authorizes the SEC to pay awards to individuals who provide original information that leads to successful SEC enforcement actions and certain related actions.
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