Accounting is a profession in the financial industry which involves the accurate interpret the data to aid them in their investment decisions. If a public company tried to hide their financial records there would be a serious lack of trust. Why would you buy shares in a company if you had no idea how well they were performing? That being said there are various techniques accountants use to ‘window dress’ companies accounts in order to make them seem more appealing. (Note this is different from straight up fraud).