DETROIT -- A second former Chrysler group employee is accusing the company of failing to investigate properly reports of questionable accounting practices.
Last week, Christine Holtzmann, a former administrator in the Chrysler group business practices office, filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Detroit.
From March 2002 to September 2003, the lawsuit alleges, the company failed to investigate or disclose to the corporate audit committee 12 cases reported to the business practices office.
Holtzmann was fired Dec. 19, 2003, for being a whistleblower, the suit alleges.
The cases involve "accounting, internal controls, auditing and fraud issues that could affect the books and records of the company," the lawsuit charges.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has made an informal request for information, says Han Tjan, a Chrysler group spokesman. The Chrysler group is cooperating with the SEC, he says.
An official in the SEC's enforcement division met with Holtzmann on Monday, Nov. 15, says Laura Fentonmiller, Holtzmann's attorney. The SEC also interviewed Holtzmann by telephone on Aug. 30, Fentonmiller says.