PracticeConsultingPwC denies withholding Astra records

PwC denies withholding Astra records

PricewaterhouseCoopers has denied withholding files connected with a firm involved at the heart of the arms-to-Iraq affair.

Gerald James, former chairman of Astra, one of the businesses involved in the scandal, was recently thrown out of the English ICA and has been battling to save the company’s records from destruction under a request from the Official Receiver.

However, after viewing the records before his Joint Disciplinary Scheme hearing, he claims dozens of boxes that should be available were withheld by PwC who had acted as administrative receivers to Astra.

A PwC spokesman said: ‘It’s hardly likely that a firm like us would not give files to someone if they were legally entitled to them. We deny witholding files from anyone.’

James intends to continue his fight to overturn a decision of the JDS to ban him from membership of the institute.

He faced the hearing after being accused of creating a false invoice for almost £240,000. He has always denied the charge.

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