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Shore Fraud Conference

The eighth annual Shore Fraud Conference was held on Friday November 16, 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 and students, attended the daylong event. 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, Beta Alpha Psi Honor Society, the SU chapter of the IMA, and the Accounting and Legal Studies Department of the Perdue School of Business. Dr. Ken Smith, chair of the Accounting and Legal Studies Department, welcomed the attendees in his opening remarks.

Shore Fraud Conference
Shore Fraud Conference, keynote speaker Marianne Jennings

The keynote speaker for the event was Marianne Jennings, emeritus professor of legal and ethical studies at the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. Jennings was introduced by Dr. Frank Shipper, chair of the Marketing and Management Department. Professor Jennings’ address, titled “If I Were Looking to Stop Fraud: The Seven Factors We Have Missed in Spotting Fraud Before It’s Too Late,” gave the attendees insight into the means and methods of deceit that will be utilized by fraudsters.

The second speaker of the morning session was Pat Huddleston of Atlanta, GA. Huddleston is a senior trial counsel for the Securities and Exchange Commission. His presentation, titled “The Decision-Maker Behind the Curtain,” helped the audience to understand the cognitive biases that obscure our perception and understanding of fraud.

The final speaker of the morning session was Randall Meyer, inspector general for the State of Ohio. Meyer’s presentation was titled “Does Ethics Matter.” He recounted the details of significant investigations in which he participated during his service with the Ohio Auditor of State’s Office as well as during his service as Ohio Inspector General and demonstrated that ethics, without question, do matter.

The first speaker in the afternoon session was Daniel Draz, principal of fraud solutions in Chicago. Draz’s presentation, “Investigative Intuition: The Foundation for Case Success,” provided a unique perspective and novel approach to fraud investigations from his vast investigative experience in the private sector.

The final speaker of the day was Supervisory Special Agent Robert Herndon of the FBI, Kansas City, MO. Herndon’s presentation was titled “Clues from the Convicts: Life Lessons on Character, Leadership and Ethics from the Files of the FBI.” He shared the details of three investigations in which he played a significant role. He was instrumental in developing the first bribery case involving a sitting federal judge, he tracked down a crooked pharmacist who diluted chemotherapy drugs for over 4,000 terminally-ill cancer patients and he spearheaded the investigation of the price-fixing scandal involving Archer Daniels Midland, which was adapted into the movie The Informant.

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. Please mark your calendars, the ninth annual Shore Fraud Conference to be held on campus in Perdue Hall on Friday, November 22, 2013.

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