• Archive for the ‘Fraud’ Category

    Benjamin Wey Sent Me A Threatening Email About AgFeed

    By • Apr 3rd, 2014

    I received a threatening email yesterday from Chinese stock promoter Tianbing “Benjamin” Wey, whose New York Global Group (“NYGG”) was closely affiliated with the failed, fraudulent Chinese hog producer AgFeed during the period under litigation by the SEC and shareholders. He did not like my mention of his relationship to AgFeed, its auditor and its executives in a recent post about AgFeed’s audit firms. His claims are not only strange but wrong.



    e-Books On MF Global, AIG, Goldman Sachs, PwC and Careers

    By • Mar 30th, 2014

    The MF Global Holdings Bankruptcy Plan Administrator filed a lawsuit on March 29 for professional malpractice and breach of contract against PwC as auditor of MF Global Holdings. I will be writing about the complaint and the status of the case early next week. In the meantime, you can review all I’ve written prior. I’ve updated this post with additional links as well as a link to my e-book compilation of MF Global columns from all sources that has material going back to its roots in the Refco fraud.



    Point-by-Point Case Comparison Of MF Global, Sentinel and PFG Best

    By • Feb 24th, 2014

    Here’s a breakdown of some of what’s the same and what’s different about these three cases.



    Madoff, MLK, Buddha And Elusive Nature of Self-Interest

    By • Jan 20th, 2014

    Your first obligation as a professional is to your client, not your firm, your partners, or even your family.



    Nothing SOx-y About SEC’s JP Morgan “Whale” Settlement

    By • Sep 23rd, 2013

    If the JP Morgan “Whale” settlement was a true Sarbanes-Oxley success story, we’d see some bank executives going to jail. For a change.



    In Pari Delicto: Can A Law Make It Go Away?

    By • Jul 27th, 2013

    Pete Brush at Law.com did a story last week about a story about in pari delicto, the adverse interest exception, and holding third-parties like auditors liable for fraud in bankruptcy cases. I was quoted.



    My Latest Forbes Magazine Article: “The Madoff of Munis”

    By • Jun 11th, 2013

    Taxpayers are getting killed. I think municipal bondholders are next.



    Early Returns: Scott London, KPMG and Another Partner Trading On Inside Information

    By • Apr 15th, 2013

    This is the fourth big insider trading case in the least few years against a senior tenured partner that betrayed the public’s trust. In none of the cases did the firm’s “extensive” and “comprehensive” independence compliance programs spot the behavior or the illegal actions. Stay tuned. There will be much more to this story, I guarantee.



    E&Y, Their Audit Client Wal-Mart, and Value Pricing

    By • Mar 23rd, 2013

    This post about Ernst & Young’s aggressive tax advice to audit client Wal-Mart was originally posted October 29, 2007. It’s worth everyone – I’m talking to you SEC and PCAOB – taking another look at this given Wal-Mart’s new Mexican bribery problems and the SEC investigation of Ernst & Young for tax lobbying to audit clients. (Ernst & Young has been silent and left out of most media discussion about Wal-Mart’s FCPA problems in Mexico and elsewhere.)



    McKenna On NPR’s “All Things Considered”

    By • Nov 21st, 2012

    I was asked to talk about HP and Autonomy tonight on NPR’s “All Things Considered” program.