SEC Fines Audit Firm Moore Stephens, Bars Partner Over China Energy Fraud – Bloomberg

via SEC Fines Audit Firm, Bars Partner Over China Energy Fraud – Bloomberg

The tip of a very dirty iceberg.

“The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission fined a California audit firm and one of its partners $129,500 for “improper professional conduct” in connection with a Chinese energy company accused of accounting fraud.

Moore Stephens Wurth Frazer & Torbet LLP of Orange County “did not exercise professional skepticism and due professional care” in audits of China Energy Savings Technology Inc., the agency said in a statement today. Kerry Dean Yamagata, 53, the partner at Moore Stephens responsible for the audits, was barred from practicing as an independent accountant for at least two years, the SEC said.”

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