The SEC charged James T. Adams, the former chief risk officer at Deloitte LLP, for causing violations of the auditor independence rules that ensure audit firms maintain their objectivity and impartiality with respect to their clients. Specifically, Adams repeatedly accepted tens of thousands of dollars in casino markers while he was the advisory partner on subsidiary Deloitte & Touche’s audit of a casino gaming corporation. Adams concealed his casino markers from Deloitte & Touche and lied to another partner when asked if he had casino markers from audit clients of the firm. He agreed to settle the SEC’s charges by being suspended for at least two years from practicing as an accountant on behalf of any publicly traded company or other entity regulated by the SEC. SEC
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