Judgment of Management and Financial Statement Fraud

With thousands of detailed accounting rules, how can there be financial statement fraud? There are areas of the financial statements that rely heavily on the judgment of management. They make estimates and decide how to apply the accounting rules. This leaves the door wide open for abuse. Many accounting entries …

Financial Statement Fraud: Overstatement of Revenue

By far the most common way that executives manipulate financial statements is through the overstatement of revenue. The reason is simple: It’s the easiest way to improve the appearance of the company’s financial condition. Revenue can be inflated by doing things such as: Booking fictitious sales Holding the books open …