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Corporate Crime and Financial Fraud

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'The course will present an in-depth study of corporate crime and financial fraud using case law and recent major corporate debacles as case studies (i.e.; Enron-publicly traded energy company and Refco-Wall Street commodities trading firm) to explain theories of corporate, managerial, and third party professional criminal liability. These case studies will closely examine the particular financial accounting devices and schemes employed to defraud various stakeholders, the failure of the industry "watchdogs" to detect the fraudulent schemes, and the regulatory and legislative response aimed at restoring confidence in the marketplace. Other selected topics include: corporate governance, corporate finance, corporate compliance programs, ethical misconduct by outside legal, accounting, investment and banking professionals, Sarbanes Oxley Act (SOX), Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA),Organizational Sentencing guidelines and a selection of business financial crimes including mail fraud, wire fraud, money laundering, conspiracy, securities violations, qui tam litigation ("whistleblowers") and financial accounting crimes. As an introduction to corporate governance, the course will also provide a basic foundation in the finance, legal and economic principles that define the corporate entity as a business organization such as capitalization, basic tax principles, legal requirements, management structure, financing options and stock issuance. '