Data Trappers, Inc.
Data Trappers, Inc. (DTI) is an SEC registrant headquartered in Seattle, Washington. DTI delivers security solutions to assist companies in monitoring their systems, managing information security risk and maintaining robust information security programs. Their computer software offerings encompass network and information security, network operations, cryptography, and privacy, among others. As a global organization with subsidiaries in 23 countries, DTI is served by more than 2,000 employees worldwide. Sales for the fiscal year ended June 30, 20X8 were more than $52 million, which represents an increase of 15% over the prior year. DTI has been audited for the past eight years by Wilkers & Co. LLC (Wilkers). On July 28, 20X8, DTI notified Wilkers that they were going to dismiss them as their auditors. The DTI Audit Committee notified Browne & Thompson LLP (B&T) that they wished to engage them as their new auditors for the year ending June 30, 20X9. B&T could not begin any audit procedures until Wilkers completed their procedures related to the filing of the 10-K. Accordingly, Wilkers’ engagement to audit the DTI financial statements ceased when DTI filed the Form 10-K with the SEC on August 29, 20X8. At that time, DTI filed a Form 8-K with the SEC naming B&T as the successor auditors to Wilkers. Prior to the filing of the 8-K, B&T and DTI did not complete the new client acceptance procedures. B&T also did not sign an engagement letter with DTI or begin any audit procedures. During July andDuring July and August 20X8, the Hong Kong office of B&T provided bookkeeping services to a wholly owned subsidiary of DTI in Hong Kong — Data Chips. Data Chips was formed in 20X7 and had five employees as of June 30, 20X8. Its total assets and income are 1% and 2%, respectively, of DTI’s consolidated total assets and income. Immediately upon learning that B&T was appointed as the new independent auditor, B&T Hong Kong ceased all services to Data Chips. Data...
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