SEC Charges Private Fund Auditor and Audit Engagement Partner with Improper Professional Conduct

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced settled charges against Spicer Jeffries LLP, an audit firm based in Denver, and audit engagement partner Sean P. Tafaro, for their improper professional conduct in connection with audits of two private funds.

According to the SEC’s order, during the audit planning stages, Spicer Jeffries and Tafaro assessed that valuation of investments was a significant fraud risk but did not implement the planned audit approach to respond to the risk. The order further finds that Spicer Jeffries and Tafaro failed to obtain sufficient audit evidence about the method of measuring fair value, the valuation models, and whether alternative valuation assumptions were considered. According to the order, due to these failures and others, Spicer Jeffries and Tafaro did not exercise due care, including professional skepticism. The order also finds that Spicer Jeffries’ deficient system of quality control led to failures to adhere to professional auditing standards.

Source: SEC.gov | SEC Charges Private Fund Auditor and Audit Engagement Partner with Improper Professional Conduct