Self-Study
2
Basic
Behavioral Ethics
There are no prerequisites.

Course Description

Bernard Madoff Investment Securities LLC was the source of the largest financial fraud in U.S. history. Madoff perpetrated a simple Ponzi scheme whereby older investors were paid with newer investor funds, thus providing the impression of actual investment returns. The extent of the losses related to Madoff's Ponzi scheme has been estimated at $50 to $65 billion.

Many are astounded to hear that Bernard Madoff Investment Securities LLC was audited by a CPA. Unfortunately, Madoff's CPA apparently did not subscribe to the AICPA Code of Professional Conduct as most of the rules contained in the code were ignored. What follows is a case study examining the conduct of Friehling & Horowitz CPA's P.C., the CPA firm that audited Bernard Madoff Investment Securities LLC, within the context of the AICPA Code of Professional Conduct. The course covers the actual Madoff Ponzi scheme, the SEC complaint, the AICPA Code of Professional Conduct, and the Joint Ethics Enforcement Program.



Instructor

Joseph Helstrom, CPA

Joseph Helstrom, CPA, is a partner at CFO Resources, LLC, a company focused on training and courseware for CPAs. He’s also the owner of Mill Creek Publishing LLC. Joe has over 30 years of experience as a CPA in both public accounting and industry, with extensive experience in financial reporting and analysis, treasury, tax, information technology, legal and regulatory matters, and strategic planning.

After graduation from Butler University with a degree in accounting, Joe got his start at Ernst & Young. Subsequent to that, he has served for several different companies as a chief financial officer; director of treasury and tax; controller; and manager of financial planning, reporting, and analysis.

Joe and his wife, Patricia McCarthy, produce self-study courses for Western CPE and have published articles in Missouri and Texas CPA society publications titled “Incorporating Excel Arrays into Your Audit Plan.”



Course Specifics

Behavioral Ethics
Feb 2, 2018
There are no prerequisites.
SS4170639
59
None


Compliance Information

103220
Qualifies for CA Fraud: No


Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Recall pertinent facts related to the Bernard Madoff case and the actions of his accountant, David Friehling
  • Identify rules and regulations violated by David Friehling, noting how said rules would have prevented such a fraud had they been followed
  • Note the requirements contained in the AICPA Code of Professional Conduct
  • Note the role of the Joint Ethics Enforcement Program, including the steps in the complaint process, investigation procedures, and automatic disciplinary actions


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