SEC fines ex-PPG controller $100K over accounting improprieties


The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) ordered a former principal accounting officer and controller at PPG to pay $100,000 for accounting improprieties aimed at inflating the Pittsburgh-based painting supply company’s earnings per share.

Mark Kelly, who was terminated by PPG in 2018 after an internal investigation into his alleged actions, was barred from practicing as an accountant at any public firm without the right to apply for reinstatement, according to the SEC’s order published Friday. Kelly did not admit nor deny the agency’s findings in reaching settlement.

Kelly inflated earnings during the years 2016-18, according to the SEC.

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