I copied the back story from a previous post so forgive me if it seems like a duplicate.
Last year I was hired as an unpaid intern for a wonderful lawyer and her two businesses. She recently merged it with a new partner under a new name. Before the merge she asked me to stay for another "term" and was told after the merge my new boss was considering hiring me on full-time. I was telecommuting so I have not met anyone but have spoken with the new boss.
I was trying to fact-check to write a bio, so I could get it right, for the new boss and found some disturbing things like 5 reports of people being scammed out of pay checks and the companies do not really exist, etc. Nothing was adding up! I kept searching and none of his impressive claims check out at all...things that would be publicized and easily found. I'd rather not give details but one has to do with military awards when I don't think we were even in combat with anyone and the other not finding his professional certifications (things that are public records).
I decided to resign and did not give either boss the true reason why. Now, a month later my first boss wants to credit me for the research and writing I did during my internship on the new website. I still think she is being duped by the new guy. The writing I did was totally legit and accurate, but I am hesitant to be connected to this company in any way, and at the same time want credit for the effort and time I put into my work.
A friend says I shouldn’t worry as I was just an intern and I did not know at the time the new boss was likely a fraud. She said I could explain it to future employers if it were ever an issue.
If I let my name be credited, do you think I am somehow assisting in what is probably a scam? It would be a great way to get my work out there. They’re going to use my work either way. And if I shouldn't take credit, what's a good explanation? I don't want to tell the truth as the new boss has smeared people who reported him in the past.