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China investigates PwC in $104.8B Evergrande fraud.

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China examining PwC role in $105 billion Evergrande fraud case

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  • Chinese authorities are examining PwC’s role in China Evergrande Group’s accounting practices.
  • Evergrande accused of a $105 billion fraud, putting pressure on PwC.

China Evergrande Group is under scrutiny for fraudulent accounting practices, with the Chinese authorities investigating the role of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in the scandal. The country’s securities regulator has accused Evergrande’s subsidiary of overstating its revenue and recognizing sales in advance in the years leading up to Evergrande’s default. PwC, the global accounting giant that audited Evergrande, is now facing potential penalties and legal troubles as Chinese officials look into the matter.

China’s revelations of Evergrande’s fraud have come at a challenging time for PwC, which has already faced scandals in other parts of its global network. The firm’s Australian arm was criticized for leaking confidential government tax plans, while its British arm was fined for failures in audit work. PwC’s role in the Evergrande fraud is now under intense scrutiny, with questions raised about its knowledge of the developer’s improper revenue recognition practices.

The inflated revenue and profit reported by Evergrande have raised concerns about PwC’s auditing practices and its oversight of the developer’s financial reporting. The scale of the fraud, amounting to $105 billion, poses significant challenges for Evergrande’s creditors and could lead to further legal actions against PwC. With Chinese regulators cracking down on accounting firms for lapses in their audits, PwC’s involvement in the Evergrande scandal could have far-reaching consequences.


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