Posts Tagged ‘Sherron Watkins’

Madoff Joke: Whistleblower Travails

February 2, 2011

Chidem Kurdas

Financial fraud typically comes to light because someone complains. But as Harry Markopolos found out when he went to the US Securities and Exchange Commission with evidence against Bernard Madoff, complaining may not put an end to a scheme.  And then people say you’re a joke! (See below.)

Indeed, the whistleblower’s lot is typically not a happy one, in the experience of Sherron Watkins, the accountant who detected that little accounting issue at Enron.  (more…)