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Two Companies Restate

Johnson Controls wrestles with deconsolidating a joint venture; Ameritrade reexamines prepaid variable forward contracts.


Ex-HealthSouth Finance Exec Found Guilty

Onetime chief financial officer Weston Smith testified that 'Sonny' Crumpler identified outpatient facilities where improper accounting could be concealed.


Feds Charge Former CFO Accused of Embezzlement

Jonathan Nelson, the former finance chief of Patterson-UTI Energy Inc., now faces criminal charges.


Sarbox Study: Tax Execs Get More Respect

Management is more likely to provide additional tax department resources.


GAO Finds Serious Flaws in IRS Controls

The service reportedly did not provide "reasonable assurance" that losses, misstatements, and noncompliance could be prevented or found out in sufficient time.


Former Refco CEO Indicted

Meanwhile, Refco sells its assets to Man Financial for $282 million.


SEC Loses Another Key Accountant

The man who led the effort to implement Section 404 is following on the heels of his former boss, Donald Nicolaisen.


Finance Salaries Seen Surging in 2006

Starting salaries for people involved with corporate-governance initiatives


Ex-Andersen Auditors of Enron Cited

The Texas accounting board is trying to take disciplinary action against seven former Arthur Andersen accountants for their role in the collapse of Enron.


Ex-CFO Settles SEC Fraud Charges

According to the SEC, the former health-care finance chief made bogus manual journal entries that overstated the value of numerous assets and operating income and understated liabilities.


SEC Charges Seven in Ahold Fraud

'The use of third-party confirmations is an important part of the audit process, and the commission will hold accountable those who work to subvert it,' maintains the commission.


Qwest to Settle Claims for $400 Million

The agreement would dismiss all claims against Qwest and individual defendants except former chief executive officer Joseph Nacchio and former chief financial officer Robert Woodruff.


Deloitte, Others Oppose Accelerated Filing

Chief accountants say rush to file could result in more errors.

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