Jennifer Sharkey says she blew the whistle on red-flag client
Sharkey’s firing ‘like taking your life away,’ she testifies
More than eight years after she was fired from JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s private wealth management group, Jennifer Sharkey told jurors the experience was “like your whole life is taken away from you.”
Sharkey testified at her trial in Manhattan federal court that the bank terminated her in 2009 for raising red flags about a client she suspected of fraud and money laundering. The experience caused her extreme anxiety and sleepless nights, she said. It has also prevented her from working in banking because of news reports about her suit, which has been delayed for years because of pretrial appeals.
“It’s just very distressing, upsetting,” Sharkey testified under questioning by her lawyer, Douglas Wigdor. “Just feeling that it was all taken away from me just like that.”