Corporate auditors would be required to look more closely at insider business deals, like those used in many Chinese company frauds, under a rule the US audit regulator has proposed

Thursday May 9, 2013

US audit watchdog wants more scrutiny

WASHINGTON: Corporate auditors would be required to look more closely at insider business deals, like those used in many Chinese company frauds, under a rule the US audit regulator has proposed.

The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board’s (PCAOB) rule takes aim at socalled “related party transactions,” or deals between a company and corporate insiders. These kinds of transactions have played a role in many accounting frauds.Over the past two years, investors have suffered massive losses after US-listed companies based in China funneled company assets to insiders in improper business deals.

In February, China-based petrochemical company Keyuan Petrochemicals Inc agreed to pay US$1mil to settle securities fraud charges involving related-party transaction.

Greater auditor scrutiny “can help to avert the corporate failures and job losses we read about all too often once it’s too late,” PCAOB chairman James Doty said at a PCAOB meeting.

The board is seeking comments from the public on the proposed rule through July 8. It could take effect as early as next year, a PCAOB staff member said at the meeting.

Auditors are allowed too much latitude in how they deal with relatedparty transactions under current rules, PCAOB chief auditor Martin Baumann said at the Washington meeting. – Reuters

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