Corporate fraud is one of the FBI’s top priorities. While it’s true that this type of fraud has always been an issue, the Enron scandal of 2001 really seemed to put corporate fraud on the mainstream “map”.

 

Enron, named by Fortune magazine as “America’s Most Innovative Company” for six years in a row prior to the scandal, kept massive debts off of their balance sheets, which resulted in shareholders losing $74 billion – yes, with a b – thousands of investors and employees losing their pensions, and many employees ultimately losing their jobs.

 

WorldCom, Tyco, HealthSouth, Freddie …