Iscussion for online class Business Ethics

This discussion forum focuses on Case 9.8 Hiding the Slip-up on Oil Lease Accounting Listed below are some questions from this reading. Your initial post should address all of these questions.

1) Evaluate the conduct of the government official who developed the idea for forging and backdating documents to cover the oil lease oversight. Would a credo have helped? Why do employees believe that they can conceal information from an auditor or, in this case as well, the public?

2) Should the oil companies pay the amounts that would have been due had the clause been in the lease? Why or why not?

Reference
Jennings, M. M. (2012). Business ethics: Case studies and selected readings. (7th ed). Ohio: Thomson/Southwest.