Autonomy manager fights extradition to US accused of ‘cooking the books’


OFTWARE giant Autonomy “cooked its textbooks” to inflate its price by at minimum $1.7 billion prior to becoming marketed to the US, a court docket read.

Michael Lynch is accused of currently being concerned in a multibillion-greenback fraud in The usa around the sale of the organization to Hewlett-Packard (HP) in 2011 for 11 billion bucks (£8.5 billion) which resulted in “colossal economic losses” for the US business.

US authorities claim he intentionally overstated the benefit of his small business, which specialised in software package to kind by means of large facts sets.

Mr Lynch, 55, denies any prison wrongdoing, and is battling extradition to the US exactly where he could face 25 several years in jail if discovered responsible.

Mark Summers, outlining the situation for the American federal government to protected Mr Lynch’s extradition, instructed Westminster Magistrates’ Court docket: “This case is clear-cut, even having the most binary, defence-pleasant analysis.

“This was an English enterprise, cooking its publications in England, generating it seem what it wasn’t, and then persuading an American business to grossly overpay for it, based on individuals cooked books.

“The only unusual aspect of this scenario was the titanic scale of the cash associated.”

He extra that “the most fundamental university child maths” prompt HP had been deceived of “at least 1.7 billion pounds” in overpayment.

Mr Summers also disputed the problem elevated by Mr Lynch’s defence workforce that extraditing their consumer would send a worrying message to English firm bosses that they may well be tried using outside the United kingdom for any alleged wrongdoing.

Mr Summers reported: “English CEOs (chief executives) have no expectation of local justice when they educate and target their fraudulent guns on American companies and American funds.”

Alex Bailin QC, representing father-of-two Mr Lynch, a previous scientific adviser to the Uk Government, from Chelsea in south-west London, claimed any legal situation ought to be read in England.

He claimed: “The US is not the international marshal of the corporate earth.

“We say this situation belongs in this article in Britain. It concerns events, the vast majority of which associated the Uk, it included a British citizen (Mr Lynch) with robust lifelong inbound links to the United kingdom.”

He extra: “Mr Lynch vehemently denies he was included in any variety of accounting wrongdoing, or fraud, or conspiracy or address-up.

“But it should to be examined by the English courts.”

Mr Lynch faces 17 felony rates in the US which include wire fraud, securities fraud and conspiracy to defraud.

Supporters say he faces a ten years in jail in the US if convicted.

HP is trying to find damages of $5 billion (£3.8 billion) from Lynch in a independent civil scenario in London’s Superior Court.

Mr Lynch claims any decline was down to the tech giant’s mismanagement of the acquisition.

Former Brexit secretary David Davis, who has previously supported Mr Lynch’s bid not to be extradited, sat in the public gallery for the defence opening statement on Tuesday morning.

The extradition hearing is predicted to previous all 7 days, with judgment reserved to a later on date.