SEC charges three Austal USA execs with accounting fraud

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Three executives at the U.S. subsidiary of an Australian defense contractor were charged with accounting fraud for allegedly participating in a three-year scheme to lower cost estimates and prematurely book revenue.

Craig Perciavalle, former Austal USA president; William Adams, former combat ships director; and Joseph Runkel, current director of financial analysis, were charged with violating the antifraud provisions of the Securities Exchange Act, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced Friday. The agency said it will seek disgorgement plus prejudgment interest, civil penalties, and officer-and-director bars in its ongoing litigation.

Austal USA is an Alabama-based subsidiary of Austal Limited and has contracts to build vessels for the U.S. Navy.

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