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6 Oct, 2015

How to be a whistleblower – Sydney Morning Herald

It takes a lot of guts to be able to stand up at your place of work and make a call that something’s not quite right. For most people, it’s a seriously career-limiting move. But not for Sylvain Mansotte​, CEO of Fraudsec, an app that lets staff report internal fraud anonymously.

Sylvain’s is an example of how to make lemonade when faced with a great big case of lemons. In 2013 he uncovered a scam at Leightons, mere weeks after joining its procurement team. Damian O’Carrigan​, who was formerly a senior finance manager, had been illegally making payments totalling  $20.7 million across a decade, spending the money on racehorses, escorts and properties.

Sylvain’s experience led him to found Fraudsec. So I spoke to him about what you should do if you find yourself in a similar situation to the one he was in at Leightons. His advice is to gather all the evidence and check it twice to ensure you know exactly what you’re talking about.

“Look for an independent and anonymous whistleblower reporting channel in your organisation,” is his advice.

Read the rest: How to be a whistleblower