fox guarding the henhouse

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fox guarding the henhouse

A person likely to exploit the information or resources that he or she has been charged to protect or control. My sister is going to put her ex-convict brother-in-law in charge of her business, and I'm worried he'll be like a fox guarding the henhouse.
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There is simply too much potential for conflict of interest: a classic case of the fox watching the henhouse.
The bottom line is the rail industry is left to police itself, which is like the fox watching the henhouse," he said.