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Accountant speaks up over construction company’s financial malpractice

Robert (not his real name) was an accountant at a construction company. He was concerned that his employer was committing fraud. In particular, Robert believed his employer was processing personal transactions with company finances, creating fake employees on payroll records, and falsifying company invoices.

Robert raised these concerns with his manager. Unfortunately, his manager dismissed Robert’s concerns, and told him to turn a blind eye to his employer’s financial malpractice. Robert did not feel comfortable with this outcome, considered leaving the company as a result. He then contacted Protect for advice.

As it appeared that Robert had exhausted all internal routes for raising his concerns, Protect advised Robert to raise them with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the relevant regulator.

Protect explained to Robert that if he left his employment and suffered any post-employment detriment linked to his disclosure to the Managing Director, he could potentially receive protection as a whistleblower under the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998.