I'm not responding to you in defense of bitoni nor am I a conspiracy theorist. I have a hard enough time coming up with testable hypotheses, let alone a working theory.
However, I can see one way to get away with a large conspiracy is to institutionalize the ideology. Corporations are great at this. Exxon is just as likely to allow an outspoken environmentalist to move up the ranks as a steakhouse hiring a militant vegetarian to run the kitchen.
How do you think Enron, Qwest, Bristol-Myers, AOL Time Warner, and the likes were able to overstate cash flows and sales, falsify financial results, use "round-trip" trades to boost trading, purposfully mislead investors, conduct improper booking, establish off-the-book partnerships, doing barter deals to inflate growth, etc... for a number of years before being caught by investigators or having the whistle blown?