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Digging for Disclosure: Tactics for Protecting Your Firm’s Assets from Swindlers, Scammers, and Imposters by Joelle Scott, Kenneth S. Springer

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14. The Godfather in the Boardroom

Who can forget the chilling scene in the first installment of the famed Godfather movies when the audacious Hollywood producer, Jack Woltz, is sleeping in his gold pajamas in his similarly colored satin sheets on his king-size bed and awakes slipping around in the blood of his beloved, now decapitated, horse. The horse head was sent as a message: Do not mess with Don Corleone. Some of you can probably quote the entire movie trilogy and frequently use the term “going to the mattresses” to refer to getting ready for a fight. Others may have only heard the folklore about the Godfather films. No matter what your exposure has been, you certainly know the Godfather stories focused on organized crime. The perspective ...

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