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DOJ charges fraud, conspiracy over PCAOB inspection leaks

Tammy Whitehouse | January 22, 2018

The U.S. Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission are bringing charges that include fraud and conspiracy against six accountants formerly with KPMG and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, including KPMG’s former top audit leader, over an information leak that compromised the regulatory inspection process.

The Justice Department unsealed an indictment describing five counts of fraud and conspiracy against David Middendorf, who was KPMG’s national managing partner for audit quality and professional practice until April 2017, Thomas Whittle, KPMG’s former national partner-in-charge for inspections, and David Britt, who led KPMG’s banking group, plus a KPMG executive director who had worked for...

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