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Tesco 3 in court

06 October 2017

Two Tesco employees are now know to have resigned as concerns over the retailers accounting practices rose.

It was during the third day of the trial of Christopher Bush, John Scouler and Carl Rogberg over charges of fraud and false accounting that the 2014 resignations came to light.

The prosector, Saha Wass QC, said the two members of staff “felt so compromised” by what they were being asked to do they resigned “rather than engage in what they considered to be practices that were unlawful”.

The court was told accountant Aysen Nadiri quit after Tesco management refused to accept targets could not be met and in her view they had a disregard for proper accounting principles.

Finance project manager, Richard Parsons, also resigned and in his exit interview complained “it has broken me” and was angry at having to compromise his ethics.

Senior accountant Amit Soni was also mention by the prosecutor. He collected information in secret about what was going on! His secret report about the hole in the accounts was eventually sent to the CEO Dave Lewis. However, Soni explained in court that he left it to FD Carl Rogberg to bring up the irregularities with the auditors PwC.

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