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Date: July 29, 2004
Author: Greg Farrell
QUOTE: Two years after passage of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, forensic accountants, corporate lawyers and the Securities and Exchange Commission are reporting a sharp increase in whistle-blower complaints about accounting problems at publicly traded companies.

ABSTRACT: The passing of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act has led to a large increase in the number of whistle-blower complaints received by companies, lawyers and the SEC. The Act, requiring public companies to add further controls in their accounting departments and holding top executives responsible for any misleading information in financial statements, also provides federal protection to “would-be whistle-blowers”. This new source of information will help to ensure the financial scandals of the recent past will not reoccur.

--- O. Overman

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