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Unscrupulous Bastards with friends in high places

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Sourdough Mon 09-Jan-17 11:53:39

I have name changed for this as I am a regular poster and I'll be as brief as I can.
A number of years ago, DH and I worked for a couple who we discovered were devious, manipulative and unscrupulous bastards so we got out. They pursued us, tried to ruin us professionally (I suspect because we had so much knowledge of the way they operated and they were trying to discredit us before we opened our mouths to anyone else). They were unsuccessful and we managed to get through a horrible couple of years and are now (relatively) OK.
Since we left, we have heard many stories of others who have had similar experiences of this couple, many of whom were not as lucky as we were and have been ruined by them - it is definitely a pattern they use time and again. We now employ someone who has been working for them for six years who too could take it no longer and left their employment.
On his way down to us, the day he left them, he was stopped and breathalysed as 'someone' had reported him for drink-driving. Obviously he was fine and continued on his way. Since then, he has had the RSPCA called on him, again all was fine because there was no case to answer. Now he has had to report to the police as the ex-employer has accused him of theft and drug use, again a case which looks flimsy and appears to rely upon the evidence of various characters associated with the ex-employers. Even the interviewing officer told our employee that his accuser has a contact in the force through whom he is communicating.
Now, this all stinks to me. I know these people and they seem to be untouchable. Aside from the fact of my own personal dealings, my sense of justice is outraged that they carry on like this, ruining people and making their lives a misery. The man of the couple is physically very intimidating and so many people just drop it when faced with their harassment. Our new employee was different and defended himself like a terrier, but they have even broken him. He has admitted defeat, saying that he is finding it impossible to defend himself when they have 'friends in high places'. I feel I need to do something to help because it is just not fair that they should go unchecked. Where do I start though, when they have the contacts they do?

RedHelenB Mon 09-Jan-17 13:17:03

So nothing has been proved against your employee?

CotswoldStrife Mon 09-Jan-17 13:22:32

Police Complaints Commission?

MrsGradyOldLady Mon 09-Jan-17 13:25:50

Yes Police Complaints Commission. I've used them myself in a similar situation and my complaint wad upheld and the person in question disciplined. I had proof and a name and address though...

Sourdough Mon 09-Jan-17 14:23:08

Nothing has been proved against my employee. In fact,, any 'evidence' they've provided has been tenuous, to say the least. DH has known the employee for a couple of years and holds him in high regard, hence why we are employing him. There is the added problem that the ex-employer has also held positions of authority in our trade regulatory body - his reach is far and not confined to the police.
Our employee has said he just wants to leave it all behind now, despite the fact that he has some pretty incriminating evidence of their wrongdoings. I completely understand this as I know there is no level to which they won't stoop to protect their interests but feel as though I shouldn't just let them get away with doing this to someone else. They need to be held to account for the lives they continue to ruin. I need Erin Brokovich!

Newbrummie Wed 11-Jan-17 20:04:04

Do you run the risk of ruining your life in the process ?

CouldntMakeThisShitUp Thu 12-Jan-17 12:09:15

Contact the Superintendent and file a complaint.
Tell him that the police officer himself confirmed that they were getting help from 'the inside' at police HQ.

It's an abuse of police powers and an indication of corruption.

Sourdough Thu 12-Jan-17 20:28:45

Newbrummie I suppose I do and I really don't want that to happen, I just hate knowing what I know and seeing them carry on regardless, sucking more people in before spitting them out later. I know on balance that I will probably have to just rant at home rather than try to do anything about it. But then I suppose that is how they have got to this stage - nobody thinks pursuing the truth is worth the cost to their own normal life and sometimes (galling as it is) you just have to accept that you alone can't change things. I'm just waiting on the day it all implodes on them and hoping it will be soon

Sourdough Thu 12-Jan-17 20:31:47

Couldnt If it was me who had been summoned to the police station, I would definitely take it further. But as it is our employee (and he doesn't want to any more - he is defeated) I can't make the complaint on his behalf.

Newbrummie Thu 12-Jan-17 22:17:40

Karma sometimes takes a while but it gets there in the end

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