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February 7, 2023

One PwC Manager Learned Abusing Your Expenses Might Get You Thrown Out of the Club

Note this happened over the pond. Things might be different over here, but probably not.

Note this happened over the pond. Things might be different over here, but probably not.

Via economia:

A disciplinary committee tribunal (DCT) confirmed Lee Douglass’ exclusion after the appeal tribunal remitted the case to the disciplinary committee for rehearing. He had appealed after the original decision excluding him was published in May 2012, on the grounds that he had not received notice of the first DCT hearing and had been unaware of the result.

PwC reported Lee Douglass to the ICAEW disciplinary committee for “deliberately and dishonestly” claiming expenses of £3,858.94 to which he was not entitled. Items included duplicated airfares, hotel reservations and a brought forward balance on an Orange mobile invoice.

Douglass had been sacked on 4 November 2008 after going through PwC’s internal disciplinary processes.

SO, to make sure we're clear on this: not only did PwC "sack" this guy, but the ICAEW (which is like the AICPA for UK professionals) threw him out of the club.

The problem is that he ran up his work Amex with a bunch of personal expenses, to the point where he didn't have money left for work expenses:

He had failed to comply with the firm’s detailed expenses policy which dictated that employees were responsible for any personal expenses put on the firm’s American Express corporate card. He had allowed the balance owing to rise close to the authorised limit because of personal expenditure, which meant that he did not have the available resources to pay for work-related items such as air fares.

As a result, as he admitted to the tribunal, he was often forced to claim for trips in advance. He said a number of the 15 claims he made related to trips that he genuinely planned to undertake but, when the meetings were cancelled, he failed to notify the expenses department and to repay the monies received.

For some people, this might not be a problem. For this guy, the problem was that he is an AUDIT MANAGER and therefore should know better.

“Mr Douglass was an audit manager at the time he was dismissed. He was used to dealing with complicated financial information and working under pressure. It is not credible that he would make so many genuine mistakes in his expenses submissions," said the disciplinary committee.

Was your entire career worth it, Mr Douglass? Get your shit together, dude.

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