- Professor Swati Panda
GROUP NUMBER - 2
Case 3 – Chris and Alison Weston
Chris and Alison Weston , a successful , well educated and
ambitious couple ended up in prison for mail fraud.
Due to the non fulfillment of the expectation from the company
, he purposely try to steal whole bunch of money and felt that
his actions were justified by the company’s culture.
Chris’ former employer sued both Chris and Alison for more
than a million dollars.
After serving 20 months and 18 months in prison, they
committed themselves to live a transparent and simple life.
They learnt that an individual's identity is greater than his/her
We should make sure that the decision taken is morally
What happened to the Westons?
What actions and beliefs
facilitated their behavior?
Both Chris and Alison were found guilty of white collar crime.
Committed fraud by overbilling the company for the padding
This issue was highly situational , as Chris wasn’t rewarded
for the sacrifices he made for the company on part of his
Chris and Alison Weston sentenced for 30 and 24 months
respectively. But it was later reduced to 20 and 18, which
included 6 months of community custody.
Chris’s aim to GET THE JOB DONE BY HOOK OR BY
CROOK was the main reason which persuaded Chris to
perform this felony.
Have you observed other people
using these mechanisms? When?
Instock trading scandal, early 2000’s
Martha Stewart sold $230,000 shares a day before an
experimental cancer drug failed to gain FDA approval.
She was found guilty of obstruction of justice, conspiracy and
lying about a stock sale.
Served 5 months in prison
Founder Samuel Waskal found guilty of insider trading, pled
guilty to charges of Bank Fraud, securities, obstruction of
justice and perjury.
Sentenced to seven year three months prison in the year 2007.
In your view, what were the most
difficult moments the Westons
Chris was sentenced for 30 months and Alison for 24 months
Chris was assigned to prison’s cafeteria and had to do clean
toilets , scrub walls.
Later Chris moved to the food serving line.
Their request for prison sentence being staggered was
They had to shut down their business and were out of
They had to leave their daughter to their relatives and it was
difficult for her to cope up with this situation.
Had to pay the restitution amount of $1,204,000.