- used with finance and money
- To make false entries in the accounting ledgers (books) of a company usually to show high profits when there are none or to cover up losses.
- Also used when numbers have been change to show better than actual results.
- The FBI arrested John yesterday for financial fraud. He has been cooking the books since last March.
- The CFO asked me to do some creative accounting. In other words, he wanted me to cook the books! Told him to go to hell and quit my job on the spot.
- To prevent companies from cooking their books, outside auditing is required.