Carol Elliott | April 1, 2017
Three experts in corporate fraud will present their unique perspectives and experience as part of “Fraud Day” at the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business. The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place 12:30-5:30 p.m. April 7 in Mendoza’s Jordan Auditorium.
Guest speakers include:
- Weston Smith, former CFO turned whistleblower, alerted federal investigators in 2003 to the massive accounting fraud perpetrated at health-care giant HealthSouth. Smith eventually was sentenced to 27 months in prison for his role – the longest sentence ordered for any of the HealthSouth defendants.
- Andrew Richmond, litigation expert and vice president of Cornerstone Research in Chicago, has led independent forensic accounting investigations for boards, special committees and management.
- Christopher Norris, a director at global interrogation training company Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates, is experienced in loss prevention and investigation, and conducted numerous investigations for both private companies and public agencies.
Each expert will speak individually, followed by a panel discussion with all three speakers.
A frequent speaker on ethics and integrity in business, Smith will describe the culture of the company that supported the fraud, the mechanics of how the unethical accounting was put into place and how detection was avoided. Smith also has a message for broader audiences “to simply do the right thing” — a challenge to live and work responsibly.