In 2000, two years before the company finally imploded, Marlborough's chief executive, David McKenna, found himself an innocent participant in a surreal narrative involving an ex-Taoiseach turned deal-maker, alleged Mafia bosses, and an FBI covert operation.
Ireland's largest recruitment company was in advanced talks to take over E-Pawn, an American auctioneering website. Albert Reynolds, an unwitting advisor to the US firm, had approached McKenna about the deal and subsequently acted as chairman of E-Pawn's advisory committee...
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