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Financial Statement Fraud Casebook: Baking the Ledgers and Cooking the Books by Joseph T. Wells

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Chapter 26

The Happy Life

Tamer Fouad Gheith

It is a rather common human desire to want to meet famous people in your community, especially if they have made major contributions to the society. However, most people don't expect that they will ever get the opportunity to meet their local celebrities. That's what I thought about Frank Marino. Frank was a handsome, tall and elegant man who always looked cool, calm and collected. In his mid-forties, he was the experienced executive director of Happy Life, a charity organization. Frank earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from a respected university in his hometown of Venice, Italy. He married in his early twenties and had three daughters and two sons.

Frank used his family contacts to get high positions in government agencies at an early age. Frank's hard work, dedication and intelligence earned him excellent appraisals from his bosses and, as compensation for his efforts in serving the government, Frank was appointed the executive director of Happy Life.

Frank's ambition and strong desire to maintain a certain social position exerted pressure on his personality and professional objectives. Frank started to worry about the future and asked himself, “How can I maintain the same lifestyle for my children? What they will do after my death or retirement?” Frank felt that his new position was an excellent opportunity to achieve great wealth and ensure his children's security. But he also felt that such an opportunity ...

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