A US court has found the former chief financial officer of a computer
manufacturer guilty of fraud, making false statements to accountants and other
John Todd, the former CFO of Gateway and his former controller, Robert Manza,
in court facing charges relating to their deliberate inflation of the
company’s 2000 figures.
Manza and Todd inflated revenues through a variety of ‘improper and
extraordinary transactions’ in order to ‘close the gap’ between Wall Street’s
expectations and the company’s actual performance, the FT reported.
While some of the transactions involved millions of dollars, at least one
transaction contributed only a penny per share to the company’s earnings,
according to the
‘That penny was the penny that allowed them just to meet Wall Street
expectations,’ said Randall Lee, the SEC’s Pacific regional director.
Lee added that the case showed that ‘even small accounting tricks and
deceptive practices can be fraudulent and even material to investors’.
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