BOB LINDQUIST FORENSIC INVESTIGATIVE ACCOUNTING LESSONS LEARNED #7
Written by Bob Lindquist
Forensic Investigative Accountant Mindset concludes that the merger of motive, opportunity and personal financial need as one mindset trumps any standard of deterrence, no matter its foundation.
Bob Lindquist Comment on Governor McDonnells Trial in State of Virginia
Washington Post: “McDonnells found guilty of corruption”
The headline, stunning in its statement and so very sad for the family reminded me of when I arrived home from Piarco, Trinidad landing at Dulles International airport several years ago after having been there for a few weeks conducting a political corruption investigation involving bribery of a public official by a foreign vendor. On arrival at the airport I obtained the latest Washington Post and the headline read:
“$90,000 found in congressman’s freezer”
Somewhat agitated, I wondered how this could happen in the United States with its strong legal system and with the principle of deterrence well established. I understand why political corruption flourishes in foreign cultures but in the United States…what was this person thinking? I was so disappointed and wondered what it takes to deter such human behavior.
Then I thought about my Client’s situation. Here I am conducting a political corruption investigation on behalf of a foreign government who wish to create a deterrent based upon one case, so future politicians will at least pause before accepting a bribe. I asked myself what is the point for my Client to continue given that notwithstanding the success within the United States, the system is still unable to deter politicians from such human behavior. Then we fast forward to 2014 and the McDonnells’ trial: stunning and so very sad!
I can only conclude that the merger of motive, opportunity and personal financial need as one mindset trumps any standard of deterrence, no matter its foundation.