Chapter 6

Accidental Whistleblowers

Accidental whistleblowers don’t set out to expose fraud. They’re not looking to find what they found. They’re terrified of what they discovered and don’t know whom to turn to and whom to trust. At first, they may want to ignore their finding in the hopes it will just disappear. They don’t want to get involved, but their inner voice tells them they must. They’re good soldiers, even if they’re not prepared for war.

Kathe Swanson (the Dixon fraud whistleblower) was simply doing her job and stumbled upon something that didn’t look right. She reported it to her superior, as any good employee would. She certainly never expected to discover that her boss had stolen over $50 million from their small town.

After discovering ...

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