Carrefour suing PWC, alleging fraud

BUENOS AIRES (MarketWatch) — In what could be one of the biggest fraud cases in Argentine history, French retailer Carrefour SA (12017.FR) has alleged in a series of lawsuits that accounting firm PriceWaterhouseCoopers and one of its most high-profile Argentine clients conspired to defraud it in the sale of a local supermarket chain.

Carrefour has claimed in four separate criminal and civil suits that the directors of Norte Supermarkets former owner, Argentine investment firm Exxel Group, instructed their accountants at the chain to inflate the company’s earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization

Accountants face charges in Kanebo case

Prosecutors are set to seek criminal charges against several certified public accountants at a Japan unit of the PricewaterhouseCoopers group, suspecting that they collaborated with executives at Kanebo Ltd in an accounting fraud that has humbled what was once a premier cosmetics and textile company, investigative sources said Saturday.

The sources said the accountants at Tokyo-based ChuoAoyama PricewaterhouseCoopers worked together with two executives in producing consolidated financial statements that concealed 81.9 billion yen in capital deficit in fiscal 2001 and 80