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Chthonic asks: What's the naughtiest thing a boss has ever asked you to do? And did you do it? Or perhaps you are the boss and would like to confess.

(, Thu 7 Jul 2011, 13:36)
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I worked for a company that used
bank credit lines to fund its business.

At any time we might have had up to about £100 million of goods financed. The banks would require the original negotiable documents for the goods to be sent to them, to facilitate payments to suppliers.

My boss, when things were tight, used to ask me to produce fake documents to send to the bank, to get them to pay for goods that we had already been paid for.

I used to tell him to piss off, pointing out it was fraud. He'd get someone else to do it. I used to consistently get little or no bonus, when my more compliant collegues were showered with riches.

If I were a less magnanimous person, I'd be dreaming of the day they all got 5 years in Wormwood scrubs . . . but I guess that's a nasty idea.
(, Tue 12 Jul 2011, 11:10, 6 replies)
So why didn't you report them?

(, Tue 12 Jul 2011, 11:13, closed)
I would have done
Fuck 'em.
(, Tue 12 Jul 2011, 11:18, closed)
Because I would have
lost my job.
(, Tue 12 Jul 2011, 11:20, closed)
But you don't work for them now.
edit: and if you knew it was fraud and did nothing to prevent it or report it then I think that makes you an accessory.
(, Tue 12 Jul 2011, 11:23, closed)
No it doesn't.
No whistleblowers act when I worked for them.

I'm not vindictive, if he wanted to play fast and loose with a few banks, it's up to him. I have no moral issues with stiching banks up. They made a shedload of money from our business.
(, Tue 12 Jul 2011, 12:34, closed)
Erm, bollocks.
It is illegal not to report a crime. This isn't some complex money-laundering thing with you as an informant -- you are a criminal because you did not report a crime of which you were fully aware.
This isn't a techinical, moral/legal boundaries issue -- it's fucking fraud.
(, Tue 12 Jul 2011, 18:06, closed)

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