Great news! Because of your help I was able to prove that the document that was originally attributed to Maureen had to have been altered, and in doing so I was able to devise a method in which it might have been done. It would be less obvious if inconsistencies lay in the specific financial information of a document, but even in the general information section, the background information about the country of Ireland, the information was blatantly false. It suggested that the document was almost blindly altered so that every instance in which a particular country’s name was provided it was changed to Ireland, and every time a particular name was provided it was changed to Maureen O’Shea. And though it seems strange it informed how such an alteration could have taken place.
The culprit here was none other than her rival Edmund Strauss, who showed Pierre the report in the folder as it was, unaltered since the day it was placed in the back up folder. However, Pierre saw the document before it was opened. Pierre turned away for but a minute or so, having been prompted to do so by Edmund, giving him the seconds he needed to change the subject of the document using this function called ‘find and replace.’ This way he replaced every instance of the word “Germany” to the word “Ireland” and every instance of the word “German” to the word “Irish” (I know it is Germany because I was informed only Germany was consistent with the general information). Finally he replaced his own name, Edmund Strauss, to the name of Maureen O’Shea.
Why did he do so? Simple – because it was his project that they were funding in Germany. Only he was not planning on investing; he was planning on embezzlement. And moreover in the process of covering his own crimes he also would get his business rival out of the way. So he altered information to imply that it was Maureen who misused the funds on a project in Ireland, not his own.
This was the information that I told her boss Pierre, and which was confirmed upon further investigation of the report. Maureen was quickly reinstated to her position (as long as she did not file for wrongful termination) and Edmund was promptly fired. When the boss asked me who I was, I replied, “Just a layman.” And I told him to tell Maureen that it was just a layman who came to her rescue; I thought she would appreciate that.
P.S. My next order of business is to come into contact with this Poirot. Any location suggestions on your part would be greatly appreciated.