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Backdating may also violate accounting rules because the stock options, which are equal to extra pay, affect the company's bottom line.
Exercising them after it has reached would bring a profit of times 100,000, or million.
Dozens of companies – including United Health Group, Comverse Technology, Vitesse Semiconductor and Affiliated Computer Services – have caught the eye of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Department of Justice for the timing of their stock option grants.
The question: did these companies backdate options grants – and falsify records – to make them more lucrative for their top employees?
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Corporate board members, who are notorious for self-promotional back scratching of chief executives, are guilty of either approving these excesses or looking the other way.
Some observers have said this is just the tip of the iceberg.