|By Maureen O'Gara||
|November 27, 2012 02:27 PM EST||
After Autonomy founder Mike Lynch sent the HP board an open letter Tuesday demanding the documents it turned over to government regulators and trying to shift the glare of negative publicity off of him and the company he sold to HP for an outrageous $11.1 billion last year - that's now writing off to the tune of $8.8 billion - and onto HP and its management, HP issued the following statement:
"HP has initiated an intense internal investigation into a series of accounting improprieties, disclosure failures and outright misrepresentations that occurred prior to HP's acquisition of Autonomy. We believe we have uncovered extensive evidence of a willful effort on behalf of certain former Autonomy employees to inflate the underlying financial metrics of the company in order to mislead investors and potential buyers.
"The matter is in the hands of the authorities, including the UK Serious Fraud Office, the US Securities and Exchange Commission's Enforcement Division and the US Department of Justice, and we will defer to them as to how they wish to engage with Dr. Lynch. In addition, HP will take legal action against the parties involved at the appropriate time.
"While Dr. Lynch is eager for a debate, we believe the legal process is the correct method in which to bring out the facts and take action on behalf of our shareholders. In that setting, we look forward to hearing Dr. Lynch and other former Autonomy employees answer questions under penalty of perjury."
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