Fort Walton Beach, Fla. - Christopher Thom worked for Payroll Management Incorporated, or PMI, from 2010 to 2012 in the staffing division.
In August of 2011, he said he inadvertently received an email from the financial department.
It included documents showing PMI owed the IRS $4 million in unpaid payroll taxes.
"It blew me away, and that was kind of the end of it all for me. I knew i had to get out of there," he said.
Thom said he immediately informed PMI's main investor, filed a whistleblower lawsuit, and then warned some of PMI's clients that PMI wasn't submitting their payroll taxes.
He said most people didn't believe him. Months later, Thom was laid off.
"Chris you are the best sales person we've ever had but we gotta let you go. And I'm like what? Why? and they said 'we're just going in another direction,'" Thom said.
Thom said he continued to check in on the whistleblower case, but nothing was coming out of it.
"I just waited," he said.
Over the next six years, the IRS said PMI ran up a total of $27 million in unpaid payroll and employment taxes.
Thom was asking the same question we asked of PMI's lawyer: where did the money go?
He hasn't gotten an answer either.
"Have you ever felt that something is so terribly wrong and you're just like 'ah!' and you can't do anything about it?" Thom said.
If the FBI did investigate PMI, they haven't revealed any information or findings.
Early Wednesday evening, we contacted PMI's attorney for comment on Thom's claims.
We have not heard back from him.
To see our story from Monday, follow this link: http://www.mypanhandle.com/news/payroll-company-owes-irs-almost-27-million/789108039
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