My wife is the VP of Internal Audit for a publicly traded company. During a recent audit, she discovered that the Chairman of the Board (who owns a majority stake in the co) has been having landscaping work done at his private home and having the company pay for it. Before becoming a public company, it was started and owned by the Chairman's family so this practice has been probably been going on for some time and it is likely that many corporate executives are aware of it. She is concerned that she could be fired or discriminated against if she comes forward with the information. The industry is a niche industry and she is also concerned that if terminated, she may be "blacklisted" and find it difficult to find employment at another company.