Business Ethics

A Financial History of Modern US Corporate Scandals From by Jerry W Markham

By Jerry W Markham

This significant new reference for college students, school, and pros of yankee company governance, sleek monetary background, and securities legislation starts with an exam of the cave in of the Enron company and different monetary scandals that arose within the wake of the marketplace downturn of 2000. Jerry W. Markham, writer of the award-winning monetary historical past of the USA and previous SEC tips, presents context and research to the fashionable period of company curruption.

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The bank was charged with helping Armstrong conceal trading losses by reporting to Japanese investors that Armstrong was generating profits when in fact he was losing nearly all of their money. In another Ponzi scheme, Martin Frankel acquired funds for investment from individual investors and then used those funds to purchase insurance companies in the South. These companies provided small amounts of insurance to low-income individuals for burial policies. Frankel used the cash flow from those insurance companies to maintain a Ponzi scheme and to provide luxuries for himself and his girlfriends.

One chat room, Tokyo Joe’s Societe Anonyme, was shut down by the SEC for fraudulently touting stocks. Subscribers had paid $100 to $200 a month for the site’s stock tips, which were the product of Yun Soo Oh Park. He failed to disclose that he had already bought the stocks he was touting and was profiting by the price increases that resulted when subscribers responded to his recommendations. Abuses through the Internet included gambling through cybercasinos, unregistered offerings of stock, and unwarranted claims by brokers as to the performance of specific securities.

The company failed to disclose the legal, regulatory, and technical obstacles to this proposal. Internet fraud spread to Latin America. The SEC charged an individual with soliciting funds through the Web for investment in two Costa Rican companies by making false claims that the individual had major distribution contracts with the A&P supermarket chain. Another defendant was charged by the SEC with soliciting funds over the Internet for investments that were to be used to finance construction of a proposed ethanol plant in the Dominican Republic.

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