• February 10th, 2017

Assignment 2: Accounting and Audit Enforcement

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Using the Internet, Strayer databases, or the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Website,
located at http://www.sec.gov/divisions/enforce/friactions/friactions2012.shtml, perform a search
on several U.S. health care publicly-traded companies and choose a health care organization that
has been accused of committing health care fraud.
Write a five to six (5-6) page paper in which you:
1. Evaluate the level of SOX regulations that applies to for-profit and not-for-profit health
care organizations, indicating whether or not mandating SOX requirements for nonprofits might reduce fraud and increase corporate governance. Provide support for your
2. Determine whether SOX has been effective in regulating ethical behavior of for-profit
health care organizations. Defend your position.
3. Determine whether deficiencies existed in the IT environment, and suggest ways to
improve audit trails, data integrity, and policies and procedures in order to reduce the risk
of fraudulent activity.
4. Review the audit report issued by the external auditing firm from the company’s Website
for the year it was accused of fraud. Then, determine whether the external auditors were
negligent in preparing the audit report for the company. Formulate an opinion regarding
which Internal Control was deficient or what GAAP was violated. Defend your position.
5. Determine what provision(s) of SOX was / were violated in the health care fraud case in
question. Indicate whether or not SOX adequately provides sanctions to deter the
behavior or if changes are needed to the regulations to remedy the issue(s) and thus
ensure compliance.
6. Based on the fraudulent activity that occurred, recommend two (2) improvements to the
internal control environment to reduce those occurrences. Provide detailed

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