In the course of her research into fraud and white-collar crime, Kelly Richmond Pope comes across a lot of whistleblower stories. The DePaul University accountant and business professor said she couldn’t understand why they were treated so poorly. So, she did a TED talk about it. Now she knows even more stories. Pope talked to the Whistleblower Protection Blog in May. A forensic accountant, she’s has experience in insurance fraud investigations and fraud risk management projects. TR
Q. What cases are you following?
It seems like there is a new story every day. Behind every fraud story which is my area of research, there is a whistleblower. What you may call a whistleblower case, I may call a fraud case If we are hearing about it in the news that means someone somewhere told something. Behind every fraud story there is a whistleblower.
Q. You talked about how whistle blower are looked at as tattle-tales, not as heroes. Do you think people still have that attitude?
Absolutely. I think it is still going on. The whistle blower dilemma is about how we as a society treat these brave people. It is very hard to come up against the system. Right now, we are hearing more about the whistleblowers at Boeing. I would say 95 percent of the world is impacted by the airline industry. So, we want those people to come forward with information. We look at that has having a direct impact on our health and safety.