KPMG agreed to pay the money to the shareholders of a company called Gemstar-TV Guide International after it reached a settlement with the SEC.
Gemstar’s share value was misrepresented, claimed the US financial watchdog, because an audit failed to include the true impact of an interactive programme guide on the rest of the company’s business.
The commission has long-argued that every last penny should be accounted for when an audit is made of company accounts.
SEC claims that if even the smallest details on an audit are missed, this can impact on a share price.
However, the New York Times reports that auditors have long taken the view ‘that they did not need to challenge errors in company accounts if the amounts involved were “immaterial”‘.
KPMG has not admitted or denied SEC’s accusations.
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