Senior executives at Hewlett Packard and auditors at Deloitte knew about some of the controversial sales practices used by Autonomy months before a whistleblower revealed them, forcing HP to write down the value of the acquired software company by US$8.8bn a year later.
A report by the Financial Times, citing accounting documents and internal emails, said some of the deals at the centre of the allegations were signed off by Autonomy’s auditors.
Other parts of audit packs acknowledged the extensive sale of hardware by the British software company, the FT also reported.
HP has said that it was not...
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