Scheme is a podcast about accounting fraud. Not run-of-the-mill fraud like passing $200 of bad checks, but large-scale frauds involving millions of dollars that ruined people's lives. Each episode discusses how a fraud was carried out, and what we can learn from it. Scheme is created and produced by Michael McLaughlin, an accounting professor and creator of Edspira.
Episode 10: Take-Two Interactive Software
Take-Two Interactive was forced to restate its financials 3 times in a span of just 5 years. Each time you thought it was over, Take-Two ended up in the news again. And the company’s founder was right in the middle of it.
Episode 9: Cobalt Multifamily Investors
The story of Cobalt involves a former associate of the Wolf of Wall Street, and a Ponzi scheme run by a convicted fraudster. Then, Donald Trump got involved.
Episode 8: Interpublic
Interpublic was forced to restate its financials back to 1997. Had the company committed ANOTHER fraud, right after the first one?
Episode 7: Capitol Investments
Nevin Shapiro was living the high life, and people assumed his high-roller lifestyle was funded by his business, Capitol Investments. But Shapiro’s business hadn’t conducted operations in years...
Episode 6: Harvey, Illinois
Satish Gabhawala convinced the city of Harvey to raise $14 million from bond issuances to construct a hotel and 24-hour diner. However, 5 years later the buildings were never finished. Where had the 14 million gone?
Episode 5: Equity Funding Corporation
Equity Funding Corporation of America reported strong growth for nearly a decade, culminating in a record profit in 1973. But just a few weeks later the firm imploded. It seems the company wrote insurance policies for people who didn’t even exist.
Micheal’s work has always been of the highest quality and caliber — this podcast is no different. So impressed by his ability to dig through intense data and turn his findings into captivating stories