The auditors were having a field day with the identified fraud. Their sample sizes increased to the point where I was drowning under all the work. I couldn’t remember the last time I’d been home for more than a few hours or gotten more than three hours of sleep.
My IT team was implementing new controls over the system to ensure that changes to such sensitive information required some form of authorization.
Jake was trying to explain to the other executives how the fraud had happened and why we’d suddenly lost $100,000.
The pressure was overwhelming.
But nothing took away or even distracted me from the pain of losing Maddie. I sighed and rested my head on my desk. Nothing I did cured my headache.
“Luke,” Sean sauntered into my office. I’m sure he was so glad that all the heat was on me. He was extremely competitive and always wanted the profits of his division to be greater than mine. I never minded the healthy competition, but I was in no mood to deal with his gloating today.
I lifted my head up and stared at him, waiting for him to continue.
“Where is Maddie?”
“Well, she’s your sister so you should know.”
“I haven’t actually seen her since she got back from the neurologist appointment. They’ve decided to keep my mum there for a few months to treat her.”
I realized that the knowledge that Maddie had stolen the money hadn’t been shared with Sean yet. I didn’t want to be the one to tell him. That was luckily above my pay-grade.
“She’s on leave,” I shrugged.
“I should probably go check on her,” he mumbled to himself before leaving.
I wasn’t looking forward to another late night. I stood up, stretched, and went to get some coffee.
As I was staring out of the window, I noticed a car pulling into the parking lot. Two people I’d never seen before stepped out of the car.
I ignored them and went back to my office. I had to leave at a reasonable time today.
Usually when I say that, all hell breaks loose.