A former Arthur Andersen audit partner has settled charges brought against him by the Securities and Exchange Commission alleging that he assisted in a $300 million fraud committed by an audit client in 2000.Without admitting or denying the charges, Fred Gold agreed to a $100,000 fine, a permanent anti-fraud injunction, and an administrative order barring him from appearing or practicing before the commission.The SEC alleged that Gold should have known that the 2000 financial statements of American Tissue -- the audit of which he supervised and approved -- included fraudulently inflated assets and earnings, and also that in 2001 Gold altered work papers to prevent discovery of the fraud in a peer review, and later tried to hide the audit failure by destroying documents and e-mails after another accounting firm discovered American Tissue's overvalued inventory.Earlier, former Andersen audit manager John Parson and senior accountant Brendon McDonald settled SEC charges in the same matter; Parson for $50,000 and permanent suspension from practicing before the commission, and McDonald for a $30,000 penalty and a five-year suspension.
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