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Editor Emeritus

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Julie DiMauro
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Thomas Fox
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Marc Alain Bohn
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Bill Waite
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Shruti J. Shah
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Russell A. Stamets
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Richard Bistrong
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Eric Carlson
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China sends Big Four audit records to SEC

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) may finally be winning its long battle to convince China to hand over audit papers of companies under investigation in the U.S.

The China Securities Regulatory Commission has handed over audit documents produced by Chinese affiliates of Ernst & Young, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu International and KPMG, and promised to provide work papers related to clients of Ernst & Young and PwC.… Continue Reading

China reigning in feared Shuanggui detentions

The Communist Party is considering scaling back its problematic shuanggui system, a move which will improve its standing among human rights groups. Anti-corruption experts met with the country’s top prosecutors immediately after the Third Plenum meetings earlier this month to discuss reforms to the contentious system.… Continue Reading

Love affair contract lands China tax official in hot water

A Guanxi province tax official has become the object of ridicule after a “love affair contract” between him and his mistress surfaced online. Tao Yi, head of Guangxi’s Guigang City taxation bureau, has been dismissed from office and placed under investigation by the taxation bureau.… Continue Reading

Inaugural FCPA seminar for auditors and accountants in Houston

The American Conference Institute is offering a new, one-day workshop on January 21, 2014 targeting audit and accounting professionals and their responsibility for implementing anti-corruption compliance programs and internal controls.

This seminar will precede the regularly scheduled FCPA Boot camp, a two-day event being held on January 22 and 23.… Continue Reading

China regulators sweep capital markets

At least fifty Chinese listed companies were placed under investigation or punished for fraud last month as the country’s financial regulators intensified a crackdown on irregularities in the local capital market.… Continue Reading

‘Huge, unexplained wealth’ held by Liberian officials

Some top officials in Liberia are refusing to cooperate with the country’s Anti-Corruption Commission to verify their assets.

This weekend, the commission accused 22 senior government officials, including Defense Minister Brownie Samukai and Police Director Chris Massaquoi, were named as “deliberately” refusing to cooperate with its assets verification team.… Continue Reading

Thai anti-graft app may (or may not) reduce bribery

Reporting corruption in Thailand just got easier with the roll out of a Thai version of a website and smartphone app.
 
Although a quarter of all Thais say they have to pay bribes at least once a year, the government’s Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) said it only receives about 4,000 complaints a year through its telephone hotline, website and walk-in center.… Continue Reading

Keeping it clean in the Philippines

From the Asia Sentinel (September 17, 2013):

“Details started to leak two months ago concerning the vast wealth that businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles had amassed including reportedly 28 houses and a US$2 million condominium in Los Angeles as well as cars, watches and an array of luxury items.… Continue Reading

Thai officials jailed for fire truck scam

Steyr-Daimler-Puch 12.13S21 Rosenbauer Fire Truck (1987) (Image courtesy of The-Blueprints.com)Two former officials in Thailand were sentenced to long jail terms for inflating the price the government paid to buy fire trucks and boats from an Austrian company.… Continue Reading