Charles Middleton

Charles Middleton is an international tax lawyer in West Palm Beach, Florida with a practice focused on whistleblower advocacy and startups. Charlie led tax teams at GE, Caterpillar, Walmart and Oxbow (a Koch brother company) for 20 years. At Walmart, Cat Financial and Oxbow, Charlie was responsible for all tax planning globally. Charlie was a regular speaker at national tax conferences until he turned his focus to whistleblowing. Charlie is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charter holder. He attended Alabama School of Law and received an LLM in tax law from New York University.

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It often happens that a person’s career is over when he or she blows the whistle. Charles Middleton posits that if increasing compliance and minimizing fraud is the goal (and it is), then blackballing whistleblowers is counterproductive. Secrecy is essential to corporate fraud. Destroy the secrecy and you destroy the fraud. So why are honest companies doing the one thing that preserves secrecy...

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