National audit firm Grant Thorton will pay $4.5 million to settle charges it ignored red flags and fraud risks while conducting deficient audits for publicly-traded Assisted Living Concepts (a senior housing provider) and Broadwind Energy (an alternative energy company) — both of which themselves faced SEC enforcement actions for improper accounting and other violations. Grant Thorton’s deficient audits spanned from 2009 to 2011. The SEC’s investigation found that Grant Thorton repeatedly violated professional standards and their inaction allowed the companies to make numerous false and misleading public filings. SEC
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