Ex-KPMG Partner Pleads Guilty In Audit Watchdog Fraud Case

By Stewart Bishop (October 29, 2018, 10:00 PM EDT) -- A former KPMG partner on Monday copped to his role in an alleged scheme to funnel inside information about the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board's plans to inspect particular audits to top KPMG accountants.

At an afternoon hearing before U.S. District Judge J. Paul Oetken in Manhattan, Thomas Whittle, 55, of Gladstone, New Jersey, pled guilty to wire fraud and conspiracy, pursuant to a plea agreement with the government.

Prosecutors have accused three former PCAOB employees — Brian Sweet, Cynthia Holder and Jeff Wada — of illegally passing along PCAOB information related to future inspections of KPMG to high-placed KPMG employees....

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