This one’s by an accounting professor on the subject of fraud. So a paper about fraud which seems to have fraudulent elements.

The authors claimed to have used data involving 150 US audit offices and 2,614 auditors of a CPA firm. But when it later came to light that the 150 offices were both domestic and international, that prompted other questions by the journal about the data. [James E.] Hunton declined to answer the questions, saying the data were confidential.

Further review of the article (see the exchanges here) suggests other problems with the data.

The professor – a big-shot at Bentley University – has resigned.

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  1. University Diaries » Han and Hunton: Because Fraud Doesn’t Take Summers Off. Says:

    […] UD reported on Bentley University’s James Hunton this time last year; he’d been fired from Bentley back in 2012, when the school managed to overcome Hunton’s total refusal to cooperate with their investigation of one made-up research paper (the number of such papers has risen to 31) to can his ass. (Subject of Hunton’s research: fraud.) […]

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