MF Global | Hullet på 6 000 000 000 kroner var regnskapsfeil?

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(Fra venstre: tidl. styreleder og CEO Jon Corzine, president og COO Bradley Abelow og CFO Henri Steenkamp. 13. desember 2011 vitnet de i Senatet. Foto: Susan Walsh/AP Photo)

Kaoset fortsetter i sagaen om MF Global, den 8. største konkursen i amerikansk historie.

Denne uken rapporterer Reuters at lederen for MF Global North-Atlantic, Christine Serwinski, vil forklare seg om hva som skjedde i dagene før konkursen. MF Global hadde da overført over 6 milliarder fra kundekontoer og investert pengene andre steder. Serwinski trodde det massive hullet i kundekontoene var en regnskapsfeil og fant ut på konkursdagen at, joda, hullet var ekte.

«We worked relentlessly throughout the early morning hours and, indeed, throughout the day on October 31, to try to bring the segregated and secured accounts back to the appropriate levels,» she said in her first public remarks about the events surrounding MF Global Holdings Ltd’s collapse and the ongoing search for missing customer money.

Serwinski skal vitne i kveld. Toppsjef Jon Corzine har tidligere vitnet og skal ha forklart at han visste ingenting om pengeflukten fra kundekontoene. Oi da.

Reuters fortsetter:

She returned to work thinking the $1 billion deficit was so large that it «could only be the result of an accounting error.»

On Monday morning, however, the assistant treasurer handed her a piece of paper that said the shortfall was real and not an accounting error.

At some point during the final hours of the firm’s life, the Securities and Exchange Commission «expressed concern to MF Global regarding the firm’s calculation of excess funds in the broker-dealer customer reserve account and cautioned MF Global against transferring these funds,» according to a written summary of the congressional inquiry into the matter. «Notwithstanding the SEC’s admonition, MF Global transferred the funds.»

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