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China investigates PwC’s involvement in Evergrande’s $78B fraud scandal.

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  • Chinese authorities are investigating PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP’s role in China Evergrande Group’s $78 billion fraud case.
  • Evergrande’s main onshore subsidiary, Hengda Real Estate Group, is accused of recognizing sales in advance and overstating revenue.

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China is scrutinizing the role of PwC in the $78 billion Evergrande fraud case. The country’s securities regulator accused Evergrande of overstating revenue, leading to pressure on PwC. Chinese authorities are now looking into PwC as they continue the probe. The fine of 4.18 billion yuan on Hengda will impact Evergrande’s ability to pay off its massive liabilities. PwC was Evergrande’s auditor for more than a decade until they resigned in 2023. The auditing process is being called into question, with concerns about conflicts and corruption. Evergrande’s aggressive revenue-recognition tactics enabled lower liabilities and leverage ratios before the company’s default. The fallout from the scandal is also impacting PwC’s global network, with job cuts and legal challenges in other regions. The scandal raises questions about the accuracy of Evergrande’s financial reporting and the role of auditors in such cases.


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