You won't believe how crazy this story is!
Sharon Leach, a now former mechanical engineer for Ford, has come under fire after the discovery of several listening devices were… discovered in company meeting rooms.
Though details are currently being kept under wraps, Ford spokeswoman Susan Krusel has offered up small bits of information.
"Ford initiated an investigation of a now former employee and requested the assistance of the FBI," said Ms. Krusel. Ms. Krusel went on to say, "Ford and the FBI are working together on a joint investigation involving a former employee...As this is an ongoing investigation, we are not able to provide additional details."
With the limited information that has been made available to the public all we can truly do at this point is speculate as to what Ms. Leach's intentions were when she illegitimately acquired this information.
The little bit of information we have been able to confirm however does lead to some interesting questions, most importantly what information was Ms. Leach after? We have confirmed that the listening devices were not installed in meeting rooms where the company's board of directors would meet. Thus the listening devices were obviously placed in more general meeting rooms, which seems to debunk the theory that Ms. Leach was stealing incriminating or damning company information.
While no formal charges have been filed against Ms. Leach as of yet, the FBI has seized the listening devices as well as computers and financial records from Ford company offices. The investigation is still in its early stages, and we are still awaiting responses from both the FBI and Ms. Leach's attorney, so the heart of this story will be coming to the surface in the near future.
The question of what information Ms. Leach stole from Ford remains, but with the company's transparency regarding the issue up to this point it seems that the public will have their appetite for information on the case quelled as soon as the FBI concludes their formal investigation.