CA executives will face charges, judge confirms

A US judge has rejected attempts to throw out obstruction-of-justice charges against two former CA executives.

A US judge has rejected attempts to throw out obstruction-of-justice charges against two former CA executives.

Judge Leo Glasser denied the bid by lawyers for former chief executive Sanjay Kumar and worldwide head of sales Stephen Richards, who face trial on a series of charges following the $2.2bn (£1.2bn) accounting scandal at the company – then known as Computer Associates – in 2004.

The obstruction charges relate to claims that, through false statements and concealment of information, Kumar and Richards interfered with government investigations into the fraudulent accounting.

Kumar has been accused of erasing his laptop's hard drive to destroy potential evidence, documents released by the US Attorney's office reveal.

The fall-out from the accounting scandal has forced CA to republish five years of accounts. The company also agreed to pay $225m to settle with federal prosecutors.

A trial date in the case has been set for 24 April.

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