HUIZHOU, China, March 29, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- China Intelligent Lighting and Electronics, Inc. (NYSE Amex: CIL) (the "Company"), today announced that the Company's engagement with its registered independent accounting firm, MaloneBailey LLP ("MaloneBailey"), has been formally terminated. On March 23, 2011, the Company provided notice of termination to MaloneBailey as the Company's auditor, effective immediately. On March 24, 2011, the Company received a notice of resignation from MaloneBailey ("Resignation Letter") indicating that MaloneBailey is terminating its engagement with the Company, effective immediately. The Company has begun to seek to retain a new auditor.
The Resignation Letter described MaloneBailey's resignation being due to accounting fraud involving forging of the Company's accounting records and forging bank statements, in addition to other discrepancies identified in the Company's accounts receivable. The Resignation Letter indicated that MaloneBailey believed that the accounting records of the Company have been falsified, which constitutes an illegal act. Furthermore, MaloneBailey's letter notes that the discrepancies could indicate a material error in previously issued financial statements. As a result, MaloneBailey stated that it is unable to rely on management's representations as they relate to previously issued financial statements and it can no longer support its opinion related to the Company's financial statements for the year ended and as of December 31, 2009.
On March 24, 2011, Michael Askew resigned as a member of the Board of Directors of the Company, effective immediately, including his position as the Chairman of the Company's Audit Committee. Mr. Askew submitted his resignation to the Board via email on March 24, 2011, approximately the twelve month anniversary of appointment, indicating that his resignation was due to, among other things, the circumstances relevant to his limited ability to provide assistance and advice to the Company in the present situation, including but not limited to the Board not seeking Mr. Askew's input or professional services during his term on the Board.
On March 24, 2011, the Company received a preliminary information request from Amex requesting additional information. The Company intends to fully cooperate with NYSE Amex regarding this matter.
The Company was also recently notified by the staff of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") that it has initiated a formal, nonpublic investigation into whether the Company had made material misstatements or omissions concerning its financial statements, including cash accounts and accounts receivable. The SEC has informed the Company that the investigation should not be construed as an indication that any violations of law have occurred. On March 24, 2011, the SEC served the Company a subpoena for documents relating to the matters under review by the SEC. The Company is committed to cooperating with the SEC. It is not possible at this time to predict the outcome of the SEC investigation, including whether or when any proceedings might be initiated, when these matters may be resolved or what, if any, penalties or other remedies may be imposed.
In light of these events, the Board of Directors of the Company has formed a Special Investigation Committee consisting of independent members of the Board of Directors to launch an investigation with respect to the concerns of MaloneBailey. The Committee is authorized to retain experts and advisers, including a forensic accounting firm and independent legal advisors, in connection with its investigation. The Company does not intend to provide further comment regarding the allegations until after the conclusion of the Special Committee's investigation.
The Company expects that the filing of its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010 will be delayed until completion of the internal investigation, engagement of a new auditor and audit of the Company's financial statements. The Company is unable to provide an estimated date of filing of the Form 10-K at this time.
About China Intelligent Lighting and Electronics, Inc.
China Intelligent Lighting and Electronics, Inc. (NYSE Amex: CIL) is a China-based company that provides a full range of lighting solutions, including the design, manufacture, sales and marketing of high-quality LED and other lighting products for the household, commercial and outdoor lighting industries in China and internationally. The Company currently offers over 1,000 products that include LEDs, long life fluorescent lights, ceiling lights, metal halide lights, super electric transformers, grille spot lights, down lights, and recessed and framed lighting.
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