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One of the best databases to use for looking up fraud cases is ProQuest ABI/Inform Complete. Go to the advanced search screen and enter the company name, for example, zzzz best in the first search box and choose company/org from the drop-down menu. On the second search box you can enter Securities & Exchange Commission or SEC. Another option is to enter fraud or securities fraud in the search box and choose subject from the drop-down menu. You can also try entering the names of some of the defendants, for example, Barry Minkow.
Factiva is another database where you can find news articles. Click on the Search tab, then on the Search Builder link. In the free text box, enter hd=zzzz best and SEC. HD stands for headline; you will be searching in the headline field. Choose All dates. Click Run Search. Also try searching the names of the defendants.
You may be able to find cases in the Nexis Uni database. Under Guided Search, Interested in Cases, Choose Federal or State, Enter Company name and secs litig, Select Date and Search.
Mergent WebReports archives older financial reports and would have information on older companies like ZZZZ Best.
You can also click the US Legal tab. Select Federal and State Cases. Enter the company name and select party name from the drop-down menu; in the second search box enter securities litigation and leave the selection on everywhere. For example: phillips petroleum (party name) and securities litigation (everywhere). More
These are suggested subject terms to use in researching accounting fraud:
accounting--corrupt practices--case studies
accounting firms--corrupt practices
arthur andersen & co
arthur andersen--corrupt practices
business failures--case studies
chief executive officers--professional ethics
commercial crimes--case studies
disclosure of information--law and legislation
Enron Corp--accounting--case studies
Enron Corp.--corrupt pracrtices
Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
SEC or Securities and Exchange Commission
swindlers and swindling
white collar crime investigation