Western Digital Sued By Ex-Exec Over $1.9B Tax Fraud Claim

By David Hansen (July 16, 2020, 8:52 PM EDT) -- A former finance director at hard drive maker Western Digital sued the company in a California federal court, claiming he was fired after reporting the company's Brazilian subsidiary could be responsible for tax fraud totaling $1.9 billion.

The presumptive whistleblower, Airton Amorim De Almeida, said in a suit filed Wednesday that his termination as an executive with Western Digital Corp., based in San Jose, California, was a form of retaliation for bringing the alleged fraud to federal authorities and company officials.

De Almeida served as Western Digital's Latin America finance director, according to court documents. He said he became concerned in...

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