ACC 303 Wk 5 CC Student Solution

ACC 303 Wk 5 CC Student Solution - Module Five Assignment...

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Module Five Assignment Case 12-23.) Bad Bad Benny: A True Story (Identifying Controls for a System) In the early twentieth century, there was an ambitious young man named Arthur who started working at a company in Chicago as a mailroom clerk. He was a hard worker and very smart, eventually ending up as the president of the company, the James H. Rhodes Company. The firm produced steel wool and harvested sea sponges in Tarpon Spring, Florida for household and industrial use. The company was very successful, and Arthur decided that the best way to assure the continued success of the company was to hire trusted family members for key management positions – because you can always count on your family. Arthur decided to hire his brother Benny to be his Chief Financial Officer (CFO), and placed other members of the family in key management positions. He also started his eldest son, Arthur Junior (an accountant by training) in a management training program, hoping that he would eventually succeed him as president. As the company moved into the 1920s, Benny was a model employee; he worked long hours, never took vacations, and made sure that he personally managed all aspects of the cash function. For example, he handled the entire purchasing process – from issuing purchase orders through the disbursement of cash to pay bills. He also handled the cash side of the revenue process by collecting cash payments, preparing the daily bank deposits, and reconciling the monthly bank statement. The end of the 1920s saw the United States entering into its worst depression since the beginning of the Industrial Age. Because of this, Arthur and other managers did not get raises, and in fact, took pay cuts to keep the company going and avoid lay-offs. Arthur and other top management officials made “lifestyle” adjustments as well – e.g., reducing the number of their household servants and keeping their old cars, rather than purchasing new ones. Benny, however, was able to build a new house on the shore of Lake Michigan and purchased a new car. He dressed impeccably and seemed impervious to the economic downturn. His family continued to enjoy the theatre, new cars, and nice clothes. Arthur’s wife became suspicious of Benny’s good fortune in the face of others’ hardships, so she and Arthur hired an accountant to review the books. External audits were not yet required for publicly- held companies, and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) had not yet been formed (that would happen in 1933-1934). Jim the account was eventually able to determine that Benny had diverted company funds to himself by setting up false vendors and having checks mailed to himself. He also diverted some of the cash payments received from customers and was able to hide it by handling the bank deposits and the reconciliation of the company’s bank accounts. Eventually, Jim determined that Benny had embezzled about $500,000 (in 1930 dollars).
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