An accountant who made some of the fraudulent entries in the books at worldcom was sentenced yesterday to five months in prison and five months of house arrest the accountant, betty l vinson, 49. In december 2005, two years after this case was written, the telecommunications industry consolidated further verizon communications acquired mci/worldcom and sbc communications acquired at&t corporation, which had been in business since the 19th century the acquisition of mci/worldcom was the. Worldcom said it has notified its new auditors, kpmg llp, and has asked it to conduct a comprehensive audit of the company's financial statements for 2001 and 2002. 1 betty vinson, cynthia cooper, and moral courage: a case study in accounting ethics at worldcom david christensen, jeff barnes, and david rees 1 southern utah university introduction on 21 july 2002 the second largest telecommunications company in the us, worldcom, inc, applied for bankruptcy protection.
It is one of the largest scandals yet at a time when almost every week seems to call forth another case of corporate wrongdoing telecom firm worldcom, the no 2 us long-distance telephone and. The article discusses the role of accountants betty vinson and cynthia cooper in the $11 billion accounting fraud that destroyed telecommunications firm worldcom. Worldcom case (november 11, 2003) the honorable jed rakoff approves settlement of sec's claim for a civil penalty against worldcom ( press release no 2003-81 , july 7, 2003) sec files supplement to proposed worldcom penalty settlement ( press release no 2003-79 , july 2, 2003.
In the case of betty vinson of worldcom, while she had the clear understanding that her actions were wrong, she clearly kept personal financial safety ahead of her moral and ethical standards this eventually translated into an even more detrimental result, which was jail time. Ethics assignment: worldcom case introduction: on 21 july 2002, worldcom, inc, the then-second largest telecommunications company in the us filed bankruptcy protection its failure was due to its executives' bad business behaviors to manipulate earnings with improper accounting entries. Latest from texas m c combs dean's report 2018 witness a year of impressive achievements and growth at texas m c combs as a human capital innovator, the school is dedicated to developing generations of business leaders and world changers prepared to succeed in a future of uncertainty and opportunity.
In contrast to betty vinson, consider worldcom internal auditor cynthia cooper she was a 38 year old, cpa, who was the company's vice president of internal audit, responsible for a department of 24 people. In the worldcom case however, there were no written policies for the management practices itself yet the code of ethics therefore, the employees in worldcom had no formal guidance to lead them to ethical decision in abiding or disobeying their superiors such as sullivan, myers and yates. New york — an accounting executive who made some fraudulent entries in the books at worldcom was sentenced friday to five months in prison and five months of house arrest betty vinson, 49, who. Worldcom's company structure and corporate culture were the roots that prevented the fraud by the worldcom managers from being detected earlier but fraudulent accounting does so by violating generally accepted accounting standards (gaap) while earnings management does so within gaap.
Worldcom has revealed a further $33bn in accounting errors, doubling the size of the accounting scandal at america's second largest long distance phone company to more than $7bn. Accounting fraud at worldcom answer key case summary 1 brief background and context worldcom was the amalgamation of many mergers and acquisitions during the consolidation phase of the us telecom industry. The case of worldcom and betty vinson tools required to act ethically when an individual is asked to do something that they may even suspect would be detrimental to their livelihood, then they have all the rights given to them to not follow through with that action. Worldcom case study update 20061 by edward j romar, university of massachusetts-boston, and martin calkins, university of massachusetts-boston read the original case in december 2005, two years after this case was written, the telecommunications industry consolidated further. Executives at telecommunications giant worldcom perpetrated accounting fraud that led to the largest bankruptcy in history the fraud was revealed to the public in june 2002 and worldcom filed for bankruptcy in july 2002.
The earnings management issue of worldcom case study report essay introduction worldcom, the telecommunications giant, once was the largest telecommunications company in the world, with more than $30 billion annual revenue, $104 billion in assets and more than 20 million customers. Betty vinson was the director of management reporting at worldcom she had worked there for five years when the fraud was uncovered and received two promotions during that time vinson's salary increased from $50,000 when she started to $80,000 in 2002. When worldcom, the telecommunications giant, failed and was put into bankruptcy, the us witnessed one of the largest accounting frauds in history former ceo, bernie ebbers, 63, was convicted of orchestrating this us$11 billion accounting fraud and was sentenced to 25 years in prison on july 13. From 1997 through august 2002, defendant betty l vinson (vinson) and defendant troy m normand (normand) were accountants who worked in the general accounting department of worldcom, inc (worldcom.
Last week, betty l vinson, a former worldcom accounting official who said she pulled numbers out of the air when she helped fudge company books, was sentenced to five months in prison. Worldcom's betty vinson a tale of two professionals carl menconi case writing competition the ima ® committee on ethics and raef lawson, cma, cfa, cfp, cpa, phd, ima vp of.
The corporation was formed originally as a result of the merger of worldcom and mci communications corporations, and used the name mci worldcom, succeeded by worldcom, before changing its name to the present version on april 12, 2003, as part of the corporation's ending of its bankruptcy status. Worldcom, plagued by the rapid erosion of its profits and an accounting scandal that created billions in illusory earnings, last night submitted the largest bankruptcy filing in united states history. Case 4: accounting fraud at worldcom case 4 suggested assignment questions (individual assignment) due: 21 november 2013 1 what are the pressures that lead executives and managers to cook the books. In case you're unfamiliar with worldcom, it was a telecommunications company founded in mississippi in 1983 under the moniker, long distance discount services.