The unraveling of the worlds of former Westar Energy bosses David Wittig and Douglas Lake didn’t get the big media play of other corporate corruption scandals. But there was nothing small about the punishments they drew Monday for their campaign of conspiracy and fraud: 18 and 15 years in prison, respectively, for Wittig and Lake, besides millions of dollars in fines and restitution. Prison and poverty will be quite a well-deserved change for these two. As the Topeka-based utility continues to rebuild trust after the Wittig debacle, which left it $3 billion in debt, the case’s dramatic finale should deliver a powerful message of deterrence to would-be corporate thieves and their board overseers.
Posted by Rhonda Holman
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