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Shore Fraud Conference Returns
Article submitted by R. Frank Abel, CPA/CFF, CFE

Shore Fraud Conference

The Ninth Annual Shore Fraud Conference was held on Friday November 22, 2013, in the Bennett Family Auditorium of Perdue Hall. Over 250 business, education, legal and law enforcement professionals from the mid-Atlantic area, as well as SU faculty members attended the daylong event. Organizers were pleased to simulcast the activities from the auditorium to various locations within Perdue Hall so that students were able to participate. Without exception, this year’s attendees were excited to attend the conference held in such a beautiful, state-of-the-art facility. The conference was sponsored by the Delmarva Chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA), Iota Pi chapter of Beta Alpha Psi Honor Society, the SU student chapter of the IMA, and the Accounting and Legal Studies Department of the Perdue School of Business.

The keynote speaker for the event was Emmet C. Davitt, Esq., state prosecutor for the State of Maryland. Davitt’s address, titled “Tenacity with Conviction,” gave the attendees insight into the means and methods of deceit that may be utilized by public officials and employees. He recounted recent investigations and prosecutions involving violations of state election, public ethics and conflict of interest laws; bribery and acts of misconduct by public officials and employees; and attempts at obstruction of justice.

The second speaker was Jerome Mayne of Minneapolis, MN. Mayne began as an aspiring finance professional who became involved in a white-collar conspiracy. This led to FBI investigations, indictments, criminal court appearances, psychological collapse and, finally, prison. He shared his presentation, titled “Fraud and Consequences: All That Ethical Jazz,” in the hopes of helping business professionals and students make the right decisions when the right decisions aren’t easy. His presentation met State CPA Society (four hour) and ACFE (two hour) Ethics Requirements.

The final speaker of the event was John Sileo of Denver, CO. Sileo was introduced by Dr. Ken Smith, chair of the Accounting and Legal Studies Department. His presentation was titled “Think Like a Spy: Bulletproof Your Business.” Sileo’s identity was stolen from his corporation and was used to commit a series of crimes, including $300,000 worth of digital embezzlement. The data breach destroyed his corporation and consumed two years of his life as he fought to stay out of jail. Sileo chose to fight back and speak out. He has become America’s leading professional speaker on information survival and inspired participants to emotionally grasp and intellectually comprehend the profitability of privacy.

By virtue of the generosity and support of conference speakers (past and present) and the supporting organizations, each year the Shore Fraud Conference has succeeded in bringing world-class anti-fraud practitioners to the SU campus. Organizers are very proud to announce that they will celebrate the 10th anniversary celebration in 2014. Special events for the occasion are being planned and all are encouraged to join the festivities.

Please mark your calendars, the 10th Annual Shore Fraud Conference that will be held on campus in Perdue Hall on Friday, November 21, 2014.

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