"Fraud Day" Speaker Conference


Location: Downes Club in the Corbett Family Hall

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. 

Fraud Day sessions are free and open to the public.

Westin Smith, former HealthSouth CFO turned whistleblower, will present the keynote talk. 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.

Those planning to attend the keynote lunch must register by March 30! LUNCH REGISTRATION 


  • 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
  • 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 – 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. 

Contact: Lorie Marsh, program manager for the Center for Accounting Research and Education, lmarsh1@nd.edu