Commentary: Reporter's dogged efforts lead to unveiling of 'insider scheme' (March 1, 2023)


March 1, 2023

By Therese Bottomly

Ever heard of Pappy Van Winkle before this past month? Me, neither.

But lots of people apparently covet the high-end bourbon, including some managers of the Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Commission. Their insider scheme came to light after one person spoke up.

The initial whistleblower was a departing employee. “On April 29, 2022, (former) Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Commission employee Richard McDonald reports various instances of inap...

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