I have come upon a case in a most impromptu fashion. I met a young woman in the bar of my hotel who was quite clearly distraught and – I was surprised to find – swearing in English! I introduced myself, and I discovered that the young woman was of all peoples Irish, and was working in Paris as some sort of finance called investment banking. I must admit I found it quite strange; as an Irish woman, I wouldn’t have expected her to be so intelligent and urbane, but that is beside the point; the point is she was clearly in distress and I thought it necessary to help her.
Only when I told her that I wished to help, she insisted there was nothing I could do. Her investment company, PNB Paris, accused her of misusing corporate funds supposedly after the money delivered to one of her investments disappeared. Only by her recollection she made no such call for an investment; in her mind this particular investment didn’t even exist. But they had proof in the form of a report that she had written requesting payment and detailing the reasons why. Her suspicion was that she was framed, but she was fired before she had a chance to retaliate. She said that her field of international finance was incredibly complicated and she couldn’t expect that a layman like me could understand it, particularly not enough to help her!
I was rather insulted by this remark, but luckily at that moment her manager arrived in the hotel – a Pierre Lafayette – who was there to meet with her as her final ditch effort to negotiate her job back. Yet the man continually suggested that the evidence was conclusive that she provided a report that advocated the purchase of 250,000 euros of Irish bonds. She asked to see a copy of this report, but he claimed that all copies were deleted and that only the back-up computer had them on file, which he printed out and showed her. Clearly, he said, Maureen’s investment in Irish bonds went bad, and she wanted to eliminate the evidence that she made the error. When she asked whether the report was altered, he said himself that he saw on the screen himself when showed to him by her coworker, a German investor Edmund Strauss, that when the document was put in the folder it was not changed since two years ago, 2010, the date it was entered. Therefore, the document as he had in his hand had to have been Maureen’s own official report.
Meanwhile, as they were talking I pretended to mind my own business as I slipped out two sheets of the report from his pocket. I could only get out two before I was in trouble of getting noticed, but I have often found that mysteries are built on top of trifles. Maureen O’Shea left in anger before I was able to tell her that I received a couple pages of the report, and alas! I do not know where to find her. However, if I can found definitive proof that the report was altered, and can come up with a theory how, perhaps we can turn the document into her company PNB Paris, and she might just be reinstated to the job!
The difficulty is, I know next to nothing about the subject matter contained in the report. I know almost nothing about this bizarre institution the European Union – I didn’t know until I came to Paris what a euro was! Also I am rather incompetent on doing research on this internet though doing so would get me that information faster. However I will do what I can to figure out what whether or not information was false and added in haste. With your help I might just be able to help Maureen.