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The California Board of Accountancy (CBA) has disciplined three San Diego accountants. Daniel Warren and his wife Kathleen, both certified public accountants, got three years of probation for knowingly filing false, fraudulent or misleading financial statements in connection with their 2004 bankruptcy.

William Withers had his license suspended 60 days for making false statements to the CBA in his 2007 license renewal form. He claimed to have taken education courses that he had not taken.

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monaghan Jan. 10, 2012 @ 4:17 p.m.

As long as my guy is not among the disciplined....

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Don Bauder Jan. 10, 2012 @ 7:54 p.m.

One of the Big Four accounting firms got disciplined. So you don't know that your own CPA got off. Best, Don Bauder

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Burwell Jan. 10, 2012 @ 9:19 p.m.

The punishments appear to be a tad light, considering the fact the three may have committed crimes. Submitting false reports to a federal court has to be a crime. The punishments meted out to these three is a farce. I have no confidence in the CBA's ability to regulate its members and protect the public. I am certain the CPA profession hires lobbyists and buys politicians to shield its members from real accountability. All the crimes on Wall Street at some point require the connivance of CPAs. Enron, Peregrine, Madoff,the list is endless of crimes abetted by CPAs.

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Don Bauder Jan. 11, 2012 @ 7:56 a.m.

Absolutely true. And you can add the law firms to that. Look at Enron's law firm. And then, in all too many cases, you can add the board to those who escaped. The Peregrine board got off with only a $55 million payment, when piles of evidence in civill cases showed clearly that its members knew exactly what was going on. In the Peregrine case, I have long suspected that the word came from Washington to let the big boys off. Best, Don Bauder

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Twister Jan. 11, 2012 @ 8:45 a.m.

It's a tangled web, but it could be organized for clarity. This is what I believe journalism has long been short on. "If it bleeds it leads" has long since eclipsed, "stay on the story."

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Don Bauder Jan. 11, 2012 @ 6:34 p.m.

It's lawyers who create tangled webs; journalists try to untangle them. We are often not successful. Best, Don Bauder

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