Enron "whistle-blower" a phony?

She’s written a book and given nearly 200 speeches around the world for as much as $13,000 each, based on being an “Enron whistle-blower.” Turns out she was a low-level paralegal who didn’t blow any whistles at Enron, but is rather proficient at tooting her own horn. Greg Farrell reports for USA TODAY:

A salute from the people who give out the Nobel Peace Prize is a heady achievement, but what makes Brewer’s story truly remarkable is that she appears to have fabricated significant portions of her tale, starting with whether she was ever an Enron “executive” and extending to her claims of being a “whistle-blower.”

Instead, a USA TODAY investigation, involving interviews with two dozen former colleagues, reveals Brewer to be an astute self-promoter who parlayed an undistinguished 32-month stint as an Enron employee into a lucrative career in the corporate ethics industry. She appears to have succeeded by modeling herself after another woman regarded as an Enron whistle-blower, Sherron Watkins.

Within the world of business ethics, Brewer is considered a star. She is a founding member of the Open Compliance and Ethics Group. She delivered the keynote address at a Sarbanes-Oxley conference hosted by the New York Stock Exchange in 2003 (there are video clips of it on her website, www.lynnbrewer.info). She has spoken in Great Britain, India, Venezuela, Italy, Canada, Malaysia and New Zealand, and given keynote addresses at dozens of other gatherings in the USA. She’s also a regular speaker at universities, where she lectures students on the importance of ethics in business.

Read the rest at the link above. You can pretend to be someone you aren’t, but once you start taking money based on a false resume, the law takes a dim view. Her former boss dismisses her claims, saying their department had nothing to do with the things she claims to have “blown the whistle” on, and another former colleague likens her to the Leo DiCaprio character in Catch Me If You Can, which was based on the true story of a notorious imposter.

She ended up being fired when she took a company-paid trip to England to do a training session, but instead spent the week in the country and never performed the work. She wasn’t called as a witness in any of the criminal trials regarding Enron executives, either.

Her house of cards may be swiftly collapsing.

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