Acer fraud complaint piles legal pressure on Lanci

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Acer fraud complaint piles legal pressure on Lanci

Alex Scroxton

Legal pressure is mounting on former Acer boss Gianfranco Lanci, shortly to take up a post as head of Lenovo's EMEA operations, after his ex-employers lodged a fraud complaint against him in France.

Acer had already initiated legal proceedings against Lanci, alleging he breached a non-compete cause by going to its rival, but according to The Telegraph it now claims to have been deliberately overcharged for a "major internal event" organised by a third party.

Investigations by the paper revealed at the weekend that the complaint centres on an alleged conspiracy between Lanci and his wife, who heads up a Milan-based advertising and PR agency called Circle Line, to defraud Acer our of a substantial sum of money.

Lanci insisted he had not been involved in any such plan, and denied any wrong-doing.

In a statement on its website, Acer said: "Comparative quotes have indicated significant discrepancies between the amount invoiced and the actual cost of the event.

"The financial amount concerned is not large and is not material to the company's financial performance, but the company has a zero tolerance towards any such activity."

French investigators are understood to be looking into the claims.

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