Three former executives at battery manufacturer Ener1 will pay collective penalties of $180,000 to settle allegations of materially overstating revenues and assets. The financial misstatements stemmed from management’s failure to impair investments and receivables related to an electric car manufacturer that was one of its largest customers. In addition, the SEC found that Robert Hesselgesser, the engagement partner for PricewaterhouseCoopers’ audit of Ener1’s 2010 financial statements, violated PCAOB and professional auditing standards. Hesselgesser agreed to be suspended from practicing before the SEC as an accountant. SEC
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