I was called into another urgent meeting with Jake. I rolled my eyes. I’d noticed nothing suspicious in the past few days, so I had no idea what he wanted to discuss this time.
“Hey Jake,” I walked into his office and closed the door.
“Luke, have a seat.”
“Are you firing me?” I smirked mischievously.
“Well we were close to firing you a few days ago.”
“What do you mean?” I frowned in confusion.
“We suspected that the alleged person committing the fraud was you.”
My eyes widened in surprise. “You suspected me of committing fraud? I don’t know if I want to work here anymore. What makes you think that I would do that?’
“Well you are the one with the most experience in your division and if the fraud was coming out of your division, why did you not notice it?”
“I haven’t noticed anything and that’s what makes me question if your information is correct. My division is squeaky clean.”
“That’s why I mentioned it to you a few days ago. I thought that the pressure of us knowing what you were doing would make you quit or confess.”
“Wow, so clearly I’ve done neither.”
“That’s how we’re sure that it wasn’t you. Since the company only has two divisions, the fraud is definitely from the other division.”
“So, what should I do about it? Sean is competent as well. I’m sure if he noticed something in his division, he wouldn’t let it slide.”
“That’s what confuses us. Well we’re trying to investigate more. For now, just keep working and congratulations you’re not the culprit.”
“Thanks,” I rolled my eyes. “Just a heads up, if you suspect me again, I will resign. I believe in ethics and for you to think that I would do something so unethical doesn’t sit right with me.”
“Got it,” Jake nodded.
I returned to my office and found my PA sitting outside the door looking nervous.
“Cecilia, what’s wrong?”
“Can I speak to you in your office for a few minutes?” she mumbled.
“Sure, come on in.”
“Luke, I have loved working for you but unfortunately my husband has been given an overseas transfer. That means I have to resign.”
“No,” I frowned. “Cecilia, we have such a good working relationship. Is there nothing I can do to tempt you to stay? A salary increase?”
“Unfortunately, not,” she smiled sadly. “I’ll make sure to train the new person before I leave. I know people are being interviewed by HR today.”
“When do you leave?”
“In a week.”
I nodded. “I’m so sad to see you go. All my success to date would have never been possible without you. While I was struggling to find my feet, you were always so helpful. I really appreciate all your help.”
“Just hearing you say that means the world to me. Thank you, Luke. You have been the best boss anyone could ever ask for.”
She stood up and left the room. I sighed.