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Third ex-KPMG partner pleads guilty in inspection leak

Tammy Whitehouse | November 2, 2018

A third ex-KPMG partner has consented to a guilty plea in connection with charges of fraud and conspiracy in regulatory inspections.

Thomas Whittle, KPMG’s former national partner-in-charge of inspections, settled on five counts of fraud and conspiracy on allegations of “misappropriating, obtaining, sharing, and using” confidential information from the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board about which of the firm’s audits would be selected for inspection. The information would be valuable forewarning to audit partners who might like to double-check their work before PCAOB inspectors begin cracking open files.

The plea agreement, signed by Whittle, his counsel, and U.S. attorneys, compels his further cooperation...

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