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Raising Red Flags

As they identify control weaknesses, companies find a common one: inadequate finance staffs.


FASB Confirms 2005 Technical Plan

The board is scheduled to issue four final statements on major accounting projects by the end of next year.


SEC Charges Ex-CFO with Insider Trading

The ex-finance chief of Golden State Bancorp allegedly tipped off three associates about the impending acquisition by Citigroup.


Cardinal to Delay Filing Annual Report

Cardinal Health, Inc. will delay filing its 10-K to give its audit committee more time to finish an internal review.


California Accounting Body Penalizes E&Y

SEC charges that Ernst & Young violated auditor-independence rules by doing both consulting and audit work for PeopleSoft.


GE Settles with SEC Over Perks for Welch

Benefits included the use of an $11 million New York apartment and bodyguard protection during a book tour aimed at promoting his autobiography.


Is Your Finance Staff Inadequate?

Section 404 is causing many firms to scramble to fix their problems by hiring additional personnel and reorganizing.


Big Four Seen Shedding Small Clients

Sarbox rules stretch audit firms resources.


Sarbox: Spur to Foreign-Company Flight?

Section 404, in particular, might be causing a number of overseas companies to take the difficult step of deregistering with U.S. regulators.


Sarbanes-Oxley - Section 302

Finance executives scramble to comply with new reporting and certification requirements, while benefits caretakers seem to be watching from the sidelines.


Ex-CEO of Enterasys Pleads Guilty

Accounting fraud cost the networking company at least $20 million.


Fleming, Suppliers Settle with SEC

Allegations stemmed from what it said was widespread accounting fraud.


Sarbox, China Style

Three men, including a former accounting director, meet a dire fate after being convicted of swindling and other crimes.


Whistleblower Forces Bisys Filing Delay

A whistleblower has raised questions about the internal controls at Bisys.


Qwest Fine of $250 Million Expected

The fine would be the second largest in history against an operating company.


Oracle Wins Key Ruling Over PeopleSoft

Decision could touch off a flurry of mergers in the global business software market, analysts say.


FASB Delays Bond Accounting Rule

Board expects to issue new guidance to help companies record losses of interest-rate-sensitive debt securities this week.


Better Accounts of Future Cleanup Costs

Section 302 of Sarbanes-Oxley


Quattrone Sentenced to 18 Months

Ex-Credit Suisse First Boston banker was charged with blocking an investigation into how the investment bank allocated IPO shares during the boom.


Governance Champs Outperform the Market

Good corporate governance seems to pay.


SEC Would Revive Expired Fraud Claims

The SEC is urging an appeals court to make a provision of Sarbanes-Oxley retroactive.


FASB Allows Options-Valuation Choice

Deciding on a model for the best fair-value measurement of stock options will be left to the discretion of each company.


Judge Unfreezes Ex-CEOs $50 Million

Judge Richard Leon ruled that the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight was "simply overreaching" in its assertion that it had the right to freeze more than $50 million.


Corporate Kleptocracy at Hollinger

The company allegedly paid for personal perks.

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