By Darcy Chavez, Communications —
Do mistakes happen occasionally because there’s a rush to get things done? Or is it because we don’t have the motivation to finish the job? What are the real factors that drive us to not do our jobs well? Can it even be the urge to want to get on the road before traffic hits so we can go home and join our families?
We hire people to do jobs, and those jobs need to be executed in an orderly and timely fashion. But what happens when we pay and trust others to perform work and the result is less than average? Or worse… illegal?
It’s important companies practice integrity in today’s business world. But when we discover mistakes are made because of laziness or other factors, we rethink whom we should trust.
Being an accountant is a busy, stressful and demanding job. That’s especially the case when working for a firm where there’s continual pressure to keep customers happy in order to keep the company profitable. But for a small firm in New Jersey, they cut corners — which ended up costing three CPAs their jobs and their company thousands in fines.
When auditing one of their large corporate clients, these three CPAs were less than thorough. This resulted in the SEC (the Securities and Exchange Commission) finding fault in the audit. The customer had some serious issues as well. The CEO and CFO of this company were accused of committing massive fraud. So, rather than finding this problem, the three CPAs simply let it slide under the radar.
Did these three CPAs simply make an honest mistake or did they purposely look the other way to keep their customer happy? EyeDetect could answer this question. It measures involuntary eye behavior to detect deception. In cases like these, it could be a valuable tool for assisting prosecutors in discovering what’s really the truth — and what are really lies. In this case, the SEC believes the truth is that the three CPAs at this firm didn’t do their jobs.