The Whistle and the Talon
My firsthand account of whistleblowing to the SEC, and the resulting takedown of a fraudulent investment manager.
What's the story?
Back in the spring of 2001, I left a perfectly good position at a great software company in San Francisco to work in Kansas City for one of the best stock-pickers to ever come out of Boston. But there was a problem.
He was dirty.
And of all things, he hired me - an Eagle Scout.
Of course, I didn't know he was dirty. No one knew. And when I use the term dirty, I mean he was...well, you'll have to read the book to understand just how fraudulent he was.
The book I am Kickstarting here, The Whistle and the Talon, is my story of how I used my resources, network and a dose of pure luck to help the SEC bring my scoundrel of a boss to justice.
In the shadow of 9/11, my tale seemed to be of no real significance. And after having 'dropped the dime' on my employer, I kinda just wanted the whole experience to go away and did my best to forget the whole thing.
But now that I've racked up 15 years in the investment management business, I feel I have the hindsight and perspective to tell my experience in an interesting way.
I would like to dedicate this story to my Scoutmaster, the late, great Paul Eason of Tupelo, Mississippi. I endeavor to tell the tale in a manner befitting his presence - a thorough telling devoid of spite and profanity, and with a good helping of humor and fundamental truths.
The Extended Executive Edition
Use of Funds
Risks and challenges
This is my story to tell, and mine alone, from my perspective. So the 'bus factor' is pretty high. But as long as there is breath in this body and fingers that can type, I will convey my story to you as ordered.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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