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In Ben Affleck's recent film, The Accountant, he plays a number-cruncher who audits a robotics company’s books and discovers that over $60m (£47m) has gone missing. The revelation leads to the deaths of several directors and culminates in a siege on the chief executive’s stately home. In reality, accounting errors and corporate frauds rarely escalate to assassinations and armed combat. But the film shows how a business problem can snowball into a scandal that threatens people’s jobs, reputations and livelihoods.

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