The Securities and Exchange Commission appointed New York attorney Lee S. Richards III as the independent examiner for Islandia, N.Y.-based software manufacturer Computer Associates. Richards will serve as examiner for a minimum of 18 months. His appointment was part of an agreement that CA signed in September to end an investigation onto accounting fraud. In his new role, Richards, a partner in the New York law firm of Richards Spears Kibbe & Orbe LLP, will oversee compliance with the settlement, make best practices recommendations to the board, and revamp the company's finance and accounting departments. The SEC settlement stems from a $2.2 billion accounting fraud that ultimately led to the ouster of several top managers, including chief executive Sanjay Kumar. The company had been backdating purchase orders and keeping the books open past the period close.

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