Mike is the controller at Huskie Supply Company. Huskie Supply
has an investment account with DT National Brokerage. Mike is
authorized to call the broker and initiate trades on behalf of the
company. Mike’s son goes to MEU (Most Expensive University) and
Mike has a CD with the money for this year’s tuition. MEU changed
the tuition due date such that the tuition came due 30 days before
Mike’s CD matured. Mike would lose a large amount of interest if he
cashed in the CD early, and a loan from the bank was not possible
(Mike is already overextended), and interest on a credit card
advance would be 28%.
Mike authorized DT National Brokerage to sell one of the company’s
investments and send the check to his attention at the company.
Mike paid the tuition and 30 days later, when the CD came due Mike
repurchased the investment with the broker. In fact, the stock had
dropped $3 and mike made a profit of $900.
A) Define the internal control weakness that allowed the situation
to exist – if any;
B) One (and only one) specific internal controls that should be in
place to prevent or detect the problem; and.
C) One (and only one) test of control audit procedure.
D) One (and only one) substantive audit procedure that may detect
the situation described.
Consider each item separately – no credit will be given for generic
controls (e.g. policies and procedures; separation of duties
(without specifics); discuss with management.)