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SoftBank May Sue Wirecard Accountant EY; EU Probes Germany’s Regulator

The European Union is investigating Germany’s financial regulator over the collapse of payments company Wirecard in a rare move that heaps embarrassment on Berlin days before it is due to take over the EU’s rotating presidency. Wirecard’s implosion on Thursday, …

Former CEO of Wirecard Arrested in Accounting Scandal Involving Missing $2.1 Billion

FRANKFURT – Wirecard’s former boss was arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of falsifying accounts, after the German payments firm disclosed a $2.1 billion financial hole and questioned whether trustees had actually held money on its behalf. Markus Braun turned himself …

British Accountants Under Pressure to Do More to Detect Fraud at Companies

British accountants could be required to look for fraud at companies they audit under proposals made in a government-backed review of recent corporate scandals which went undetected. Lawmakers called for a shake-up of auditing after the collapses of construction company …

South African Retailer Steinhoff to Sell Assets After $7B Accounting Fraud

Scandal-hit South African retailer Steinhoff said on Tuesday its only hope for survival is to sell off assets to become a retail-focused investment holding firm, as it fights to contain the fallout of a $7 billion accounting fraud. The company …

Ex-CEO, 7 Other Execs Blamed for $7.4B Accounting Fraud at S. Africa Retailer Steinhoff

Former Steinhoff Chief Executive Markus Jooste and seven others were involved in a 6.5 billion euro ($7.4 billion) accounting fraud at the South African retailer, the new CEO said told lawmakers on Tuesday. Steinhoff said on Friday an independent report …

Accounting Fraud Pushes UK’s Patisserie Valerie into Insolvency

U.K. entrepreneur Luke Johnson’s efforts to save Patisserie Valerie failed as an accounting scandal pushed the bakery chain’s parent into insolvency, threatening as many as 2,800 jobs on Britain’s beleaguered shopping streets. Patisserie Holdings Plc appointed KPMG as administrator after …

Patisserie Holdings’ CFO Arrested as UK Fraud Office Probes Accounting Scandal

Patisserie Holdings Plc finance chief Chris Marsh was arrested as U.K. fraud prosecutors opened a probe into an accounting scandal that threatens to shutter the cake baker’s 200-plus stores. The police in Hertfordshire, England, said they had arrested a 44-year-old …

New York Suit Against Accountant Over Lehman Takes Detour

New York state regulators face their first test soon in their accounting fraud lawsuit against Ernst & Young LLP over its role as auditor for Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. The first major government legal action stemming from Lehman’s 2008 bankruptcy …