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How Corporate Culture Drives Ethics

By David P. Rankin, P.A. |

When it comes to doing the right thing, it’s not always easy. Some jobs place a priority over the safety of others, such as doctors, dentists, and even professional engineers. Morality, however, does not always play a role in a company’s bottom line. Indeed, the motto “profits over people” is often true. So when… Read More »

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Ethical Obligations In The Engineering Field

By David P. Rankin, P.A. |

In the civil engineering field, ethics is a hot topic. Every day, professional engineers must not only do their job to the best of their ability, but they must also consider ethics. There are standards when it comes to acceptable behavior. The safety of the public is the highest priority, so engineers need to… Read More »

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You’ve Defaulted On Student Loans. Can You Keep Your License?

By David P. Rankin, P.A. |

College is expensive, forcing many students to take out loans in order to pay their tuition costs. They are obligated to pay back their loans once they graduate from college, but many fail to do so. Times are tough, with many people focusing on paying for basic necessities, such as food, shelter, medical care,… Read More »

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Effects Of Unethical Practices In Accounting

By David P. Rankin, P.A. |

People often use accountants to help with taxes and other money matters. They trust these professionals to be ethical with their finances. A lack of morality and ethics can lead to financial issues and loss of reputation. If you are an accountant, you need to abide by the rules set forth by your state…. Read More »

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Former VA Pharmacist Sentenced To Probation For Stealing Painkillers

By David P. Rankin, P.A. |

Addiction to opioids has increased dramatically in the past decade. Opioids release endorphins and help people feel happy and pain-free. Some people will go to great lengths to get a hold of opioids. But when pharmacists steal pills to feed their addictions, it can lead to serious penalties, such as probation and license loss…. Read More »

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Tax Return Preparer Fraud: What CPAs Should Know

By David P. Rankin, P.A. |

It’s that time of year: taxes are due soon. While many people have fairly simple taxes that they do on their own, others may have to use tax preparers such as certified public accountants (CPAs). The knowledge of a CPA can be helpful for those who have their own business, own rental property, have… Read More »

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Florida Man Acting As Insurance Adjuster Without License

By David P. Rankin, P.A. |

The insurance industry is rife with fraud. After a natural disaster, homeowners may file fraudulent insurance claims in order to get money. Individuals and companies may also engage in fraud by promising money and other benefits to homeowners. A Florida man is facing criminal charges after impersonating a licensed insurance adjuster. The 33-year-old man… Read More »

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Racial Bias In The Real Estate Industry

By David P. Rankin, P.A. |

Those in the customer service field need to provide the same level of service to everyone. They cannot discriminate based on race or other classes that are protected under state and federal laws. Most real estate agents will say that they have no racial biases, but do they really without knowing it? It’s possible,… Read More »

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Acting Ethically When Taking A CPA Exam

By David P. Rankin, P.A. |

Those looking to become a certified public accountant (CPA) need to take an exam in order to get their professional license. When people go in to take their exam, there are strict rules that must be followed. If they don’t follow these rules, they can get kicked out. They will lose the chance to… Read More »

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NASA Presentation In Orlando Stresses Ethics, Leadership

By David P. Rankin, P.A. |

When you think of space travel, astronauts are probably the first thing that comes to mind. But the truth is that many types of people are needed if we plan to live in space in the near future. This was the message during a 90-minute presentation from former astronauts, The free presentation took place… Read More »