Brehl, Robert of Prospect, KY

Under the automatic disciplinary provisions of the Institute’s bylaws, Mr. Brehl’s AICPA membership was suspended for one year, effective September 19, 2016, in connection with the disciplinary action taken by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Specifically, through an “Offer of Settlement”, and without admitting or denying the charges, the SEC denied Mr. Brehl the privilege of appearing or practicing before the Commission as an accountant with the right to apply for reinstatement after one year from the effective date of the SEC’s Order. This decision was based on the SEC’s findings that Mr. Brehl caused a Firm to violate the auditor independence rules by maintaining an inappropriate personal relationship with one of the Firm’s partners while he was the chief accounting officer of the audit client.