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The accounting black gap at Patisserie Valerie has swelled to £94m, greater than double a earlier estimate, in accordance with a brand new report by its directors.

After it fell into administration in January, the cafe chain was discovered to have overstated its money place by £30m and did not disclose overdrafts of almost £10m.

KPMG’s newest report says the corporate falsely claimed to have £54m in money.

The vast majority of Patisserie Valerie has been bought to a non-public fairness agency.

Within the report, KPMG notes that when the corporate’s accountancy issues have been first reported final October its chairman Luke Johnson pumped £20m into the enterprise.

However it says: “Additional evaluation by the administrators and forensic accountants within the following months led the board to grasp that the consolidated accounts have been overstated by roughly £94m.”

The previous finance director of the chain, Chris Marsh, is below investigation by the Severe Fraud Workplace.

He was arrested and launched on bail in October.

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KPMG mentioned that in addition to overstating its money place, Patisserie Valerie additionally claimed its property have been price £23m greater than they have been in actuality.

The accountancy agency additionally mentioned due to the size of the issues,

“It will likely be mandatory for the Firm to think about whether or not there could also be enough grounds to ascertain potential authorized claims in opposition to plenty of events.

“These events might embody Grant Thornton, who have been the auditors to the Patisserie Valerie Group,” it mentioned.

Nonetheless, KPMG mentioned it could not be acceptable for it to think about whether or not Patisserie Valerie has a possible authorized declare in opposition to Grant Thornton as a result of “Grant Thornton are additionally auditors to KPMG”.