BRACKNELL’S bookkeepers covered up evidence of smuggling by an international crime gang that was laundering British drug money, an investigation has claimed.

EY – who audit Bracknell Forest Council’s (BFC) accounts – failed to report suspicious activity at one of the world’s largest gold refineries and then altered a compliance report to hide the crime, according to BBC Panorama.

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When asked if it would consider whether to continue working with EY, a spokesperson for BFC said external auditors are appointed nationally.

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BBC Panorama and French news agency Premieres Lignes found the gang laundered money by selling 3.6 tonnes of gold to the Kaloti refinery in Dubai.

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EY failed to report the crime and helped to cover it up, according to the investigation.

Kaloti and EY have denied any wrongdoing.

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EY said it is confident that it has complied with all obligations and called the allegations “unfounded and baseless”.

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Kaloti told Panorama it had conducted all appropriate anti-money laundering checks.