When Lockheed Martin Corp. sought to set aside a decision that essentially determined that they violated the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (the Act), the Tenth Circuit ruled against them, affirming the decision of an administrative law judge (the ALJ).
Andrea Brown was a former Lockheed Martin employee who lodged an ethics complaint against Wendy Owen, vice president of communications at Lockheed in Colorado Springs. Brown communicated concerns of fraudulent and illegal activity wherein Owen had developed sexual relationships with several soldiers in Iraq, was sending them sex toys, bought a laptop for one of them, and even booked fancy hotel rooms to meet them when they returned home to the states. These communications were allegedly occurring through an employee pen pal program.
Lockheed, in return, shut down the pen pal program and Owen’s position in the company was not affected.