I’ve discussed the consequences of fraud extensively on my blog. Even compiled those posts into a book, available at Amazon.
Let’s wrap up a review of the consequences earned by Mrs. Wilson and the impact on innocent people she loves. Here are more things visible in her article:
I’m guessing this covers sentences a lot of ground:
My criminal actions devastated my family emotionally and financially.
Look at the huge hole she is in and the effort it will take over many years to climb out:
She has to pay back her employer and is working very hard to do so:
Through my employment and the funds I earn from speaking, I am making restitution to my victim.
It will take a long time for her to rebuild the trust of her immediate family. Ponder the hurt she has seen in her loved ones:
It has taken years for us to work through the feelings of anger and betrayal I caused.
Her family still has regained only partial trust in her:
My family has forgiven me, but they watch me closely to be certain my actions prove I am the changed person
Imagine the hurt and pain of her loved ones she has to work through every day.
Today, my family and I continue to rebuild our lives.
She is currently on probation, which involves severe restrictions on her freedom.
Just as a guess, that felony conviction also means she will never vote again, although I don’t know what state law allows where she lives.
Why write this post?
I’m not writing this to generate sympathy for Mrs. Wilson. I’ve not spoken with her, but would make a guess she does not want sympathy or condolences.
Quite the contrary. Several comments in the article suggest she owns everything that has happened as a consequence.
Instead, I write this series of posts for the same reason Mrs. Wilson wrote her article – that my small voice might:
- prevent others from committing fraud and
- motivate senior managers to implement strong internal controls.
Her closing comment:
I hope my story helps prevent a fraud or stops one in its tracks. I hope especially that others benefit from the lessons I have so sorely learned. I hope somewhere to save someone else the pain of committing such a foolish act, or to prevent a business and its owners from a betrayal such as mine.
Update: here are my posts in this series: