Frances Ball 25 Mar 2019 04:00pm

Whistleblower slams PwC over private jet flight

A whistleblower has accused PwC US of failings in impartiality, saying that auditors were allowed to fly on a major audit client’s private jet

Mauro Botta is a former PwC auditor who is currently suing the firm for wrongful dismissal.

As part of his complaint against PwC, Botta claimed that the team auditing US-listed chipmaker Micron was flown on the tech company chief executive’s private jet to a PwC party.

He said the flight was singled out as an example of best practice during a meeting in 2016, with a photo shown to demonstrate a good relationship with Micron, according to a report by the Financial Times.

Botta highlighted this incident, and several others, in a whistle-blowing document that he sent to the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

He told the FT that the incident demonstrated inadequate standards of independence and an inappropriate “tone at the top” of PwC.

“The claims presented in this lawsuit are false,” the firm responded. “PwC maintains the highest ethical standards around its business and its code of conduct for employees. Mr Botta’s employment was terminated for legitimate business reasons, and we will prove that in court.”