Question: Exeter is a building contractor on the Gulf Coast After

Exeter is a building contractor on the Gulf Coast. After losing a number of big law-suits, it was facing its first annual net loss as the end of the year approached. The owner, Hank Snow, was under intense pressure from the company’s creditors to report positive net income for the year. However, he knew that the controller, Alice Li, had arranged a short- term bank loan of $ 10,000 to cover a temporary shortfall of cash. He told Alice to record the incoming cash as “construction revenue” instead of a loan. That would nudge the company’s income into positive territory for the year, and then, he said, the entry could be corrected in January when the loan was repaid.

1. How would this action affect the year- end income statement? How would it ­affect the year- end balance sheet?
2. If you were one of the company’s creditors, how would this fraudulent action ­affect you?

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