Archive for the ‘The Firms’ Category

KPMG May Answer For GE Tax Work

By Francine • Sep 21st, 2011

Going Concern reported yesterday that KPMG professionals have been ordered to preserve all correspondence and documentation related to the tax “loaned staff” assignment it has with long-time client GE. That means someone – the SEC or PCAOB – is investigating.

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New at Forbes: My Comments On The Latest Sanctions Against Ernst & Young

By Francine • Aug 3rd, 2011

As if Ernst & Young didn’t have enough to worry about now they’ve got a public airing of some dirty laundry by the PCAOB.

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Making Mortgage Fraudsters Pay…But Via Private Lawsuits (And Some Attorneys General) Not Law Enforcement

By Francine • Jul 5th, 2011

Thank goodness for the plaintiffs’ bar and class action lawsuits. And state attorneys general. Without them, there’d be very little justice yet – or compensation – for any of the mortgage-related fraud perpetrated during the real estate bubble.

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PricewaterhouseCoopers Headed For A Trial In California Overtime Case

By Francine • Jun 17th, 2011

There’s one thing about litigation that everyone agrees on. Anything can, and sometimes does, happen.

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The Perils Of Pre-Inspection File Polishing

By Francine • Dec 6th, 2010

Ever wondered what it would be like to see your name in print? Most auditors do not aspire to seeing their name in the papers. It’s a career-limiting move to be cited in a bankruptcy examiner’s report or a disciplinary order issued by the PCAOB.

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Repurchase Risk (Put-Back) Getting Full Court Press At CNBC

By Francine • Nov 10th, 2010

John Carney at CNBC NetNet is talking a lot about repurchase risk. He’s tied it all together in a bow for us, mentions Citigroup and Bank of America, and has given me credit for having been on KPMG’s case for a while.

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Will Ernst & Young Ever Be Held Accountable for the Lehman Failure?

By Francine • Oct 31st, 2010

I’d be exaggerating if I told you the Lehman bankruptcy examiner’s report, and its scathing indictment of Ernst & Young’s role in the biggest failure on Wall Street, answered my prayers. On the contrary. The more successful a fraud case is against Lehman’s executives, the less likely EY or any of its partners will suffer any consequences for their role in the Lehman fraud.

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Treasury Votes To Reappoint KPMG As Auditor of Citigroup

By Francine • Oct 31st, 2010

The US Treasury recently affirmed reappointment of KPMG as Citi’s auditor for the 41st consecutive year. Maybe Treasury married KPMG all over again because they’re cheap compared to what Goldman and AIG are paying PwC. Or maybe Treasury feels like the mother who puts up with a gold digging daughter-in-law because said daughter-in-law saw mom kissing the tennis pro and mom knows her son has slept with the baby-sitter…

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Yukos Slicks Accuse PricewaterhouseCoopers Of Succumbing To Kremlin Pressure

By Francine • Sep 10th, 2010

There’s quite a bit of bad news coming out of Russia about PricewaterhouseCoopers and their client Yukos. Former Yukos chief Mikhail Khodorkovsky and his business partner Platon Lebedev stand co-accused in a new trial brought by prosecutors intent on preventing their scheduled release from prison in 2011. Khodorkovsky and Lebedev have decided to target PwC in their defense.

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Defending Koss And Their Auditors: Just Loopy Distorted Feedback

By Francine • Jan 16th, 2010

My objective in writing this story was to handily contradict the self-serving defense to the fraud at Koss that’s being served up by Grant Thornton and supported by some commentators. But punching holes in their Swiss-cheese defense is like shooting fish in a barrel.

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