Rite Aid Scandal Summary

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Rite Aid had a major accounting scandal in the late 1990s that led to the departure (and subsequent jail time) of several top ranking executives, including the former CEO Martin Grass, former CFO Frank Bergonzi and former Vice Chairman Franklin Brown had conducted a wide-ranging accounting fraud scheme. Former CEO Martin Grass had plaid guilty and was sentenced to eight years in prison, fined $500,000, and given three years' probation for his role in a billion-dollar accounting fraud. (Grace) Former vice chairman Franklin C. Brown was the only defendant to go to trial; he was sentenced to serve 10-years in a medium-security facility and fined $21,000 with two years of probation. After serving six years in prison, Franklin C. Brown was released on January 18, 2010. (Deseret News) Former chief financial officer Franklyn M. Bergonzi was sentenced to 28 months in prison, former vice president Eric S. Sorkin received five months in jail and five months house arrest, and former vice president Philip Markovitz serve one month in jail, with five months house arrest.…show more content…
By deliberately falsification of their financial statements, by Martin Grass, Brown and Bergonzi. Among other things like:
“Applied more than $40 million in "fictional credits" to Rite Aid expense accounts. Made $268 million in "arbitrary" changes to quarterly financial reports. Claimed $75 million in "arbitrarily inflated" or "bogus" merchandise credits from Rite Aid suppliers, such as Revlon and Johnson & Johnson. Improperly recorded $76 million in drug rebates from drugmakers such as Zeneca and Bristol-Myers Squibb. Failed to record $55 million in employee stock grant expenses.” (DiStefano)
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