How to be rid of whistle-blowers 
“Over 90 percent of embezzlement is not found by internal auditors, but found by whistleblowers. The embezzlement is not a weakness in the auditors. It just takes someone to call them out.
—Margarita Len

Here is how the government and corporate professionals get rid of bothersome whistle-blowers and other undesirables. Many of these tactics are well known in some condo corporations.

Freeze him out
Keep him out of the decision-making. Have the important issues decided before the actual board meeting. During the meeting, have the motion moved, seconded, the question called and the vote taken before the whistle-blower has a chance to question anything.
Schedule meetings
Schedule board meetings on days or times that are inconvenient or impossible for the whistle-blower to attend. Then denounce him for having bad attendance and not carrying his weight.
Attitude problems
Tell the owners that the whistle-blower has “attitude problems” and is obsessed with historical issues. He is refusing to move on.
Document dirt on the whistle-blower. Send him legal letters (at his cost) and inflict reprisals for actual or invented misdemeanors.
He's nuts
Question his mental state and claim that the other board members are worried about their safety. Install extra CCTV cameras in areas the whistle-blower uses to add a touch of theatrics to the charge.
Refuse to disclose documents.
Claim that he is fishing for evidence.
Isolate him
Hint at reprisals to any homeowner who supports the whistle-blower.
Didn’t act soon enough
Accuse the whistle-blower of being late in raising these concerns. It made it too late to properly investigate and it was also a dereliction of office and unbecoming a director.
Confidentiality agreement
Demand that all directors sign a confidentiality agreement keeping the corporation matters secret. If he refuses to sign, then you have him; if he signs and then tells the owners what the board is doing, then he broke his agreement and you can kick him off the board.
Defamation suits
Threaten the whistle-blower with a defamation suit if he goes public. Charge his unit for the costs of the letter. Tack the bill, with interest, to his condo fees. That will colour his status certificate.
Discredit him
Tell the owners that the whistle-blower owes the condo money and is forcing the condo to pay thousands in legal fees. Also say that you “think” he wants the board to buy him out and make a large profit.
Fight him in court
The average owner can’t afford to go to superior court. Their threats disappear as soon as a lawyer tells how much it will cost.
Suggest mediation and arbitration
They're costly and kills time. Don’t be afraid of them, they’re just exercises in grief management over “past events”.

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