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092: Procurement Fraud: Hear How Sylvain Mansotte Blew the Whistle on a $20M Corruption

By September 26, 2016 January 4th, 2019 2 Comments

Back in 2012, Sylvain Mansotte received the call from the newly appointed CPO of a large Australian based construction company to assist in the building a new procurement function.  He jumped at the chance, and one of his first priorities was to understand his new employers’ third party spend profile.

Within 2 months, Sylvain had uncovered a $20M fraud that spanned 12 years and led to the perpetrator – a finance executive with 30 years of experience in the company – admitting to the crime, and ultimately being sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Today’s Art of Procurement is Sylvain’s story.  Sylvain discusses how he uncovered the fraud, and the decisions he had to make in blowing the whistle.

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 “When you find [the fraud] you just begin to panic… the first thing you realize is that this can’t happen. You have been in the business for 2 months, you are still on probation, your wife is expecting baby number 3… it just can’t happen. I tried to convince myself that I was wrong.” 

In this episode, you will learn:

  • The story of how Sylvain uncovered a $20M fraud while undertaking spend analytics in support of a procurement transformation initiatives.
  • The red flags that companies should look for that are common to cases of procurement fraud.
  • What you can do to enable whistleblowers to come forward if they do identify potential cases of fraud.
  • What you can do as a professional if you encounter a potential fraud.

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Philip Ideson

About Philip Ideson

Philip founded Art of Procurement in 2015 as a way to empower procurement professionals at all levels to deliver change with confidence; whether from the inspiration of the popular weekly podcast that he hosts, or with targeted solution offerings that guide clients on their journey to transform the impact of procurement.

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