Mr. Coughlin Told Others Bogus Expenses Hid Plot Against Unions
Retailer Disputes His Claim
By James Bandler and Ann Zimmerman
Staff Reporters of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
BENTONVILLE, Ark. – Last November, Thomas M. Coughlin, Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s vice chairman, approached a lieutenant with an unusual request. He wanted Jared Bowen to approve around $2,000 in expense payments without any receipts.
Mr. Bowen, then a 31-year-old vice president, recalls that Mr. Coughlin briefly mentioned the money had been used for a "union project."