In my earlier years working as a credit card fraud investigator, management seemed to not have a solid grasp of how they wanted things done. So, many things didn’t have established protocols, they were developed on the fly. And, changed in the same fashion.
One of these policies was how restitution payments were handled. At first, just about any investigator would receive a payment from a suspect or convicted felon, and they’d jump through various hoops to get the payment posted, reflecting a lessening of the fraud balance.
This was determined to be confusing, so the boss singled out one of the young turks to handle all the restitution accounts, both receipt of funds and bookkeeping.
At some point management above the boss determined not all the funds had been accounted for. Embezzlement was suspected.
Ultimately, this young turk was found guilty of theft and embezzlement, spent a few months in jail, and ordered to make restitution, himself. My understanding was they were only able to prove about 20% of the missing funds were taken by him. Last I heard, he was still paying money back.
But, before his conviction, all of the pertinent facts were not public record. And, therefore, speaking of this suspect by name could lead to charges of slander, and a lawsuit against the company.
A large meeting of the TMCCC Security Department was called to address this issue. The boss was there, as well as a representative of human resources.
This meeting took just a few minutes. We were told we were not to speak of this crime, nor the suspect by name, nor discuss any details with anyone outside the company. OR, with each other.
Of course, as there had already been a ‘gag order’ in place, many of the suspect’s co-workers didn’t know of his arrest, or of what he was suspected. Clarity was NOT the name of the game.
In short, we were told to keep our mouths shut about (something we cannot mention) involving (someone we cannot name)! Right.
While all this nonsense was happening, one of the investigators was out for a couple weeks vacation. When she returned, of course no one spoke of the events she missed-we weren’t supposed to.
A main telephone line rang, she answered it.
“Hey! Anybody seen (the guy who shall not be mentioned)?
Blank frightened stares.