SEC charges Sherb & Co over failures in audits of China-based companies

The Securities and Exchange Commission announced sanctions against a New York-based audit firm, its founder, two other partners, and an audit manager for their roles in the failed audits of three China-based companies publicly traded in the U.S. An SEC investigation found that Sherb & Co. LLP and its auditors falsely represented in audit reports that they had conducted the audits in accordance with U.S. auditing standards when it fact they were riddled with failures and improper professional conduct. One of the companies they audited – China Sky One Medical – has since been charged by the SEC with financial fraud. According to the SEC’s order instituting settled administrative proceedings, the flawed audits involved China Sky One Medical, China Education Alliance Inc., and Wowjoint Holdings Ltd. To settle the SEC’s charges, the firm and the four auditors agreed to be barred from practicing as accountants on behalf of any publicly traded company or other entity regulated by the SEC. The firm agreed to pay a $75,000 penalty.

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