Mendoza School of Business

2019 ‘Fraud Day’ to feature experts in corporate fraud

Published: April 14, 2019 / Author: Carol Elliott

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 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 26 (Friday) in Jordan Auditorium.

Registration is not required to attend the speaker sessions, but those planning to attend the lunch must pre-register. The complete Fraud Day agenda is as follows:

  • 10-11:15 a.m.: Andy Richmond, a vice president at Cornerstone Research in Chicago and forensic accounting expert who has led independent forensic accounting investigations for boards, special committees and management. Richmond investigated high-profile fraud schemes including Bernie Madoff, Stanford Financial and HealthSouth. He will discuss the role of forensic accountants in investigations and how fraudsters cook the books, as well as several fraud case studies.
  • 11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Christopher Norris, a director at global interrogation training company Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates. Norris, an expert in loss prevention and investigation, and
    has conducted numerous investigations for both private companies and public agencies. He will present an overview of the WZ Non-Confrontational Method of interview, which is designed to provide the fraud investigator a strategy to address integrity issues and those involved in fraud.
  • 12:30-1:45 p.m.: Lunch in the Mendoza College of Business atrium.
  • 1:45-3 p.m.: Weston Smith, who alerted federal investigators in 2003 to the massive accounting fraud perpetrated at health-care giant HealthSouth. Smith was eventually sentenced to 27 months in prison for his role – one of the longest sentences ordered for any of the HealthSouth defendants.
  • 3:10-5 p.m.: Panel Discussion – Lively discussion between the panelists, final thoughts and closing remarks.

The event is sponsored by the Center for Accounting Research and Education (CARE), an academic center at Mendoza that seeks to strengthen the bridges between accounting research, education and practice. CARE sponsors multiple research endeavors, including an annual conference that gathers industry, governmental and academic thought leaders from across the globe to discuss current issues in accounting.

Contact: Lorie Marsh, program manager for the Center for Accounting Research and Education,

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