Understanding Financial Misstatement: The Least Common Type Of Fraud Can Also Be The Costliest
By: Michael J. Garibaldi CPA, ABV, CFF, CGMA
When a dishonest CFO or controller cooks the books, it can be devastating for the victim organization. In addition to direct financial losses, financial statement frauds erode trust between management and other stakeholders, including lenders, investors and employees who own company stock. Unfortunately, it's common for smaller companies to associate financial misstatement with large public companies that focus heavily on earnings per share.