By William K. Black
(Cross posted on Benzinga.com)
A classic accounting control fraud, Gowex, has collapsed in Spain. Gowex was a wi-fi firm. It was able to run its scam for at least four years. It was a crude scam that involved simply making up contracts and borrowing to grow rapidly.
“The US firm Gotham City Research had described Gowex as a ‘charade’ and said that its revenues were ‘at most’ 10% of those reported.”
As soon as Gotham City Research blew the whistle on Gowex it made it impossible for Gowex to borrow additional funds and avoid collapse.