Original article by Michael Janda
abc.net au – Page: Online : 19-Oct-17
Rio Tinto and former CEO Tom Albanese will contest the fraud charges that have been filed against them in the US. The Securities & Exchange Commission will contend that Albanese and ex-CFO Guy Elliott deliberately concealed the true value of a Mozambique coal project for which Rio Tinto had paid $US3.7bn in 2011. The SEC will allege that Rio only disclosed the real value of the coal assets after an executive informed chairman Jan du Plessis of the valuation discrepancy in early 2013. Rio Tinto subsequently wrote down the value of the assets by $US3bn and sold the project for just $US50m in 2014.
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