The Doctor (pisica) wrote in little_details,
The Doctor

Need a phrase for financial shenanigans

Setting: modern day USA

Google terms used: variants on "bookkeeping frauds"

Situation: a teenager is remembering the point at which her family broke up, and I have the line "Dad got arrested for playing games with the bookkeeping." I'd like something a bit more specific to describe his crime, but I haven't found anything. "Embezzling" seems a bit too obvious and pat. The family's lower middle class so we're not talking a Madoff-level pyramid scheme, and the teen's vocabulary isn't terribly sophisticated (she goes on to say "I started running pot to pay the rent").

The verb could be something else if that works better (indicted?).


ETA: looks as though "cooking the books" is the sort of thing I'm looking for, and "keeping a double set of books" if I want to get more specific. Still happy to hear other suggestions, though!
Tags: usa (misc), ~economics (misc)
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