His description indicates that the “scam had occurred owing to a carefully crafted fraud by creating normal trails and backup support documents and records,” the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India said in a statement Monday. The accounting body said it had questioned Mr. Vadlamani in its effort to determine whether Satyam’s auditing firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers, had been involved in the fraud.
Two of the global accounting firm’s auditors have been arrested in connection with the Satyam fraud. Neither the auditors nor the company’s independent directors were involved in the fraud, the former chief financial officer told his questioners. The Indian accounting group’s president, Prakash Agarwal, said the interrogation had “vindicated his belief about the credibility of the auditing profession.”
In January...the Satyam chairman, shocked Indian markets and his company’s hundreds of global customers when he said he had faked operating margins at the company and falsified its books. At the time, Mr. Raju said he had acted without the knowledge of the company’s board and many top managers. He has been jailed...
...the Central Bureau of Investigationof said three additional people from the finance department had been arrested. They were identified as G. Ramakrishna, a vice president; Srisailam Chetkuru, an assistant manager; and Danthuluri Venkatpati Raju, a senior manager; it was not clear whether he was related to the chief executive.
At its apex, Satyam served more than a third of the Fortune 500 companies; its clients have included General Electric, General Motors, Nestlé and the United States government. It asserted it had a work force of 53,000.
Satyam’s market capitalization on the New York Stock Exchange was $7 billion at the end of May 2008; it is now around $835 million.