Judge Determines that PricewaterhouseCoopers was Negligent in Colonial Bank Auditing Case – Constantine Cannon

PwC was the outside auditor for Colonial’s bank holding company, and gave Colonial clean audits that blessed its financial statements for years. The FDIC and the Colonial trustee had alleged PwC was negligent in not detecting the fraud scheme, and they sued the firm in 2012 and 2011, respectively.

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PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP was negligent in connection with one of the biggest bank failures of the financial crisis, a federal judge has ruled, opening up the Big Four accounting firm to the.

The judge found that PwC was negligent in connection with the audit of Colonial bank. This opens up PwC to 100’s of millions of dollars in damages. The court alleges that pwc violated auditing rules and didn’t take steps that could have detected a $2 billion fraud scheme that contributed to the 2009 failure of Alabama’s Colonial Bank, the judge ruled.

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PwC gave the bank’s parent, Colonial BancGroup, a clean audit opinion for six years until it collapsed in 2009, when it emerged that huge chunks of its loans to TBW were secured against assets.

Price waterhouse coopers (pwc) has been found liable in an accounting malpractice case that alleged it failed to detect the $2 billion fraud that led to one of the biggest bank collapses in history. The alleged fraud involved executives at Taylor, Bean & Whitaker, a defunct mortgage firm, and counterparts at Colonial Bank, an Alabama-based.

Why Audits Don't Find Fraud PWC faces negligence claim over $2bn fraud at Colonial Bank. PWC was the independent auditor for Colonial BancGroup, which was the receiver of Colonial Bank, and granted by a US judge last.

Jan Lippman, a spokeswoman for Crowe, said the audit firm was hired to help Colonial with internal services but did not serve as the bank’s internal auditor. She said the claims are without merit.

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