The business has a number of subsidiaries. These subsidiaries were set up for a variety of reasons. Each subsidiary is 100% owned by the manufacturing business and carries out services for the business in different states, such as New South Wales and Western Australia.
The business has 2 production managers, each looking after one distinct product line. Each manager supervises around 80 workers. The remaining 40 workers are in various administrative and non-production areas, such as HR, security, treasury, and accounting.
The accounting team has 2 staff processing A/R, 2 processing A/P, and a cashier. These all report to the chief accountant. The business also has a purchasing officer who makes purchases for the main business and all subsidiaries. All of these are supervised by the financial controller. The financial controller reports to the chief financial officer, who in turn reports to the chief executive officer.
Recently, a member of the A/P team approached you and expressed concern about certain transactions. The financial controller had told both A/P staff to send all invoices to him that relate to purchases of inventory for a new subsidiary no one seemed to have heard of before. Unusually, these goods would be shipped directly from the supplier to the subsidiary’s warehouse. The usual practice in the business is that all purchases go to a central warehouse and are then sent to production as required. The financial controller said that he would approve the invoices for payment relating to the new subsidiary. When one of the A/P staff suggested this was not usual practice, the financial controller started shouting and threatened both staff would lose their jobs if they did not follow his instructions.
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a) In this case discuss with high level management above financial controller i.e.. CFO and CEO whether actually they have such subsidiary and are their any different controls that are to be followed for such subsidiary. we can also cross check by performing the following additional procedures :Visit the new subsidiary and discuss with warehouse employees whether they are actually receiving the goods or not.By doing this type of checks will get to know if there is any specific problem.
a) Here he used his position to threat the employees and it is breach of authority controls.
a) This type of risk may result in fraud and management should be careful about it and the management should check whether the controls are in place or not to prevent it from happening any such type of risks.
The internal auditor also should report to higher authority about the financial controller behavior.
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