The Enron scandal revealed what type of behavior. A. legal but unethical behavior B. illegal c. Ethical

It revealed illegal behavior (B). Charges against Enron employees and its auditors included securities fraud, bank fraud, money laundering, conspiracy, insider trading and obstruction of justice.

The conviction of the auditors, Arthur Anderson, was eventually overturned by the Supreme Court, but by then the firm had gone out of business.

In addition to the illegal activity, many of the accounting treatments were considered unethical, but not necessarily illegal. These included the use of special purpose entities and recording trading transactions on a gross basis. It is estimated that Enron's shareholders lost a total of about $74 billion as a result of the scandal and ultimate demise of the company.

Updated on Wednesday, December 19 2012 at 04:10AM EST