An auditor should keep objectivity at all times. Maire Loughran, a Certified Public Accountant and University Professor, explains “objectivity means the ability to look at facts the client presents, and reviews them with no preconceived notions or prejudices” (52). In other words an auditor has to exercise his ability to review information in a no subjective manner, and perform auditing work free of conflicts of interest. Many instances have occurred when objectivity was not present while performing audits, for instance the case of Bernard Madoff’s auditor, David G. Friehling, from the firm of Friehling & Horowitz, illustrates it well. On 2009, William K. Rashbaum and Diana B. Henriques, both reporters at The New York Times, inform in the online version of their newspaper:
The civil complaint by the S.E.C., in addition to citing the deceptive audits, accused Mr. Friehling of collecting “ill-gotten gains” in the form of substantial audit fees — about $186,000 a year — from the Madoff enterprise and millions of dollars…he and his family maintained with Mr. Madoff accounts….
Mr. Friehling “essentially sold his license…for more than 17 years...
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...d unethical behavior, to the unethical side. An auditor needs to follow, abide and comply with the standards, rules and regulations of their profession, as these will help the auditor to recognize when independence and objectivity would be compromised.
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Rashbaum, William K., Diana B. Henriques. “Accountant for Madoff Is Arrested and Charged With Securities Fraud.” The New York Times. The New York Times, 18 Mar. 2009. Web. 3 Dec. 2011.
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