Office manager is big loser in accounting fraud

Her participation with boss was wilful
|Canadian Employment Law Today

We reported in our last issue that the accounting firm of Thorne, Ernst and Whinney owed two partners the purchase money for a merger — even though the partners had failed to disclose that their smaller firm, in Windsor, Ont., had been engaged in a fraud.

It seems that the big loser, instead, is to be the office manager at the target firm, Patricia Spendlove, 70.

Spendlove, 58 at the time, reported directly to Wallace Robson, who set up the fraud scheme for a client seeking to evade taxes and hide income from his estranged wife. Spendlove allowed Robson to “launder” some of the client’s money through her tax forms.