iSoft Group plc - Outcome of Disciplinary Hearing
22 March 2010
AADB PN 21
The AADB announces the outcome of the disciplinary hearing against Ian Storey, a member of the ICAEW and former Financial Controller with iSoft Group plc.
The Executive Counsel of the AADB filed a disciplinary complaint against Mr Storey arising out of the investigation into his conduct in relation to events at iSoft Group plc. The complaint was admitted by Mr Storey.
In summary, Mr Storey accepted that he had, on a number of occasions between November 2003 and November 2005, provided false and misleading information to iSoft’s former auditors in relation to a purported iSoft contract.
The Tribunal upheld the complaint brought by the AADB and ordered that Mr Ian Storey be excluded as a Member of the ICAEW for a minimum recommended period of 8 years. It ordered Mr Storey to pay a total of £20,000 costs to the AADB.
The report of the Disciplinary Tribunal will not be published at this time as the AADB has decided it would not be in the public interest to do so in the light of criminal proceedings which have been commenced by the FSA against other parties arising out of the same circumstances. This decision will be kept under review.
Notes to Editors
The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) is the UK’s independent regulator responsible for promoting confidence in corporate reporting and governance. Its functions are exercised principally by its operating bodies (the Accounting Standards Board, the Auditing Practices Board, the Board for Actuarial Standards, the Financial Reporting Review Panel, the Professional Oversight Board and the Accountancy & Actuarial Discipline Board) and by the FRC Board. The Committee on Corporate Governance assists the Board in its work on corporate governance.
The Accountancy and Actuarial Discipline Board ("AADB") is the independent, investigative and disciplinary body for accountants and actuaries in the UK. The AADB is responsible for operating and administering independent disciplinary schemes for these professions. The Accountancy Scheme covers Members of the following accountants' professional bodies:- the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. The Actuarial Scheme covers Members of the Faculty of Actuaries in Scotland and the Institute of Actuaries (collectively referred to as the Actuarial Profession).
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