“…her superiors ‘asked her to falsify data for a report to the state on uncontrolled emissions of benzene’…” –Bloomberg
In 2007, Koch Industries pleaded guilty to intentionally concealing their level of uncontrolled benzene emissions from their Texas refineries, which had waged disastrous effects on the residents of the surrounding “cancer neighborhood.”
In 1995, then-employee Sally Barnes-Soliz was instructed to “falsify data for a report to the state” on the emissions. She refused, and in return was transferred to a different location with an unfavorable evaluation.
Before pleading guilty, Koch spokesperson, in line with their trend of concealment, said “Koch believes these charges are outrageous. The government has got this one very wrong.”
After Koch pleaded guilty, they paid $20 million in fines for the 97 felonies and in return the charges against the company were dropped and former high-ranking officials successfully avoided prison sentences.