Koss Corp. Fraud: Defending Grant Thornton? No.

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I have been criticized for “defending” Grant Thornton, the auditors of Koss Corp, which has suffered a fraud loss of at least $31 million at the hands of the company’s Vice President of Finance, Sue Sachdeva. In fact, my comments relating to this case are not a defense of Grant Thornton, in the least. They…

More on Fraud at Koss Corp.

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Today’s Milwaukee Journal Sentinel provides additional insights into the alleged fraud committed by Koss Corp. VP of Finance Sue Sachdeva. Initially the fraud was estimated at $4.5 million, but that was quickly revised upward to more than $20 million.  It is alleged that Sachdeva spent millions in corporate funds on clothing, jewelry, and other items.…

Koss Settles Claims Against Former Auditor Grant Thornton

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Cary Spivak – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Koss Corp. collected $8.5 million from Grant Thornton, the accounting firm that audited Koss’ books during a portion of the time that Sujata “Sue” Sachdeva was stealing millions from the company. The payment made Wednesday settles a lawsuit filed in Cook County, Ill., in which Koss charged Grant Thornton…

Fraudulent Accounting Practices: Easy to Commit, Hard to Find

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We hear almost daily reports of companies engaging in accounting shenanigans to boost their apparent performance. As of late, companies like Diamond Foods (DMND), Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR) and Avon Products Inc. (AVP) are grabbing headlines for their alleged bad behavior. Avon has been under the shadow of bribery allegations, in violation of the…

Compliance Week: Koss Embezzlement and Small Company Internal Controls

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Today’s Compliance Week article, “SEC Pursues Small Company Over Lax Internal Controls,” [subscription required] discusses the SEC settlement with Koss Corp over the $34 million embezzlement by former Vice President of Finance Sujata (Sue) Sachdeva. The article explains the settlement, which is essentially a clawback of some of Michael Koss’s compensation:

Former Koss Employee in Talks to Settle SEC Case

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Doris Hajewski – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel A year and a half after the embezzlement of $34 million from Koss Corp. was discovered, former accounting employee Julie Mulvaney is negotiating with the Securities and Exchange Commission to settle the regulatory agency’s case against her. Mulvaney was an assistant to Sujata “Sue” Sachdeva, former vice president of…

Former Koss Employee in Talks to Settle SEC Case

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Doris Hajewski – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel A year and a half after the embezzlement of $34 million from Koss Corp. was discovered, former accounting employee Julie Mulvaney is negotiating with the Securities and Exchange Commission to settle the regulatory agency’s case against her. Mulvaney was an assistant to Sujata “Sue” Sachdeva, former vice president of…

Navistar v Deloitte: Blame the Auditors for Fraud Committed and Concealed By Employees

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In cases of corporate fraud, including embezzlement, financial statement fraud, earnings management, bribery, and the like, it’s easy to blame the auditors. After all, they have very deep pockets, often with large malpractice policies. Even though the task of auditors is usually well-defined and agreed-to by shareholders, management, and the board of directors, it doesn’t…