Malay police raids Deloitte office on 1MDB scandal


As a follow up to its 1MDB scandal and corruption allegations, Malaysian police has just raided the Kuala Lumpur office of audit firm Deloitte.

According to Reuters, the raid happened earlier this morning as part of the authorities’ probe into a multibillion-dollar scandal at state fund 1MDB.

Authorities in at least six countries are investigating alleged graft and money laundering at 1MDB, set up by former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak in 2009.

Najib, who was ousted in an election last year, is facing dozens of criminal charges over losses at 1MDB and other state entities. He has consistently denied wrongdoing.

U.S. prosecutors say about $4.5 billion was misappropriated from 1MDB by high-level officials of the fund and their associates between 2009 and 2014.

Deloitte has been under scrutiny for its role in auditing 1MDB’s financial statements in 2013 and 2014.

In January, Malaysia’s securities regulator fined Deloitte 2.2 million ringgit ($524,746) for failing to report irregularities in relation to an Islamic bond issued by a 1MDB-linked company.

After the U.S. Justice Department filed civil lawsuits in 2016 over 1MDB, Deloitte said the 1MDB finance statements it had audited should no longer be relied upon.

Deloitte was 1MDB’s third auditor after the fund fired its earlier auditors, KPMG and Ernst & Young, authorities have said.

It resigned as the fund’s auditor in early 2016.

Deloitte is a global tax and audit firm working for major multinationals across continents.

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