Mix together forensic accountants and investigators, a distinguished researcher, expert litigators, a Chicago Police sergeant, a room full of DePaul accounting alumni and L&Q members, some really entertaining video, an AON Building Mid-America Club reception-in-the-clouds, and you get “Trends in Financial Crime and Fraud,” the Ledger & Quill Fall 2012 Seminar. It was standing-room only.
After a warm welcome by L&Q President Jim Robbs (BUS ’80), the panel was introduced and moderated by Professor Kelly Richmond-Pope. Speakers included L&Q member and DePaul benefactor Barry Jay Epstein (BUS ’67), director of Business Valuation and Litigation Consulting at SS&G; Tom Golden, retired partner-in-charge for the Midwest Investigations Practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers; John P. Lucki, commanding officer for the Financial Crimes Investigation Section of the Chicago Police Department; and Mark J. Sullivan, principal and Midwest regional leader for Forensic Services and National Practice Leader for Investigations at Grant Thornton LLP.
The program was arranged by L&Q Executive Committee and Membership Outreach Committee members Bill Razzino (BUS ’91) and Paul Peterson (BUS ’99).
“Bill and Paul did an outstanding job in assembling this all-star panel,” said School Director Kevin Stevens (MST ’86), speaking of the L&Q Membership Outreach Committee which produced the Monday, Sept. 24 Seminar. “And [Professor] Kelly Richmond-Pope’s video on the troubles in Dixon, Ill. and Rita Crundwell was the perfect opening, showing once again the ‘ordinary-ness’ of so much white collar crime.”
And that “ordinary-ness” formed the basis of much of the evening, the main take-away being, as Golden, author of ”A Guide to Forensic Accounting Investigation,” frequently puts it, “sometimes good people, under the right certain circumstances, do very bad things.” Each speaker provided experiences and insights throughout the lively presentation, and the seminar concluded with a question and answer session.
“The panel of forensic experts did a nice job telling us their professional dealings with white-collar crime,” states new L&Q member Peter Kolos (BUS MS ’12); ”I thought it was informative, creative, and well organized.”
Due to member response to the L&Q Seminar Series, future seminars are being planned.