U.S. Financial Crisis Yields Focus of National Economic Crime Conference

Jun 17, 2010, 16:31 ET from Utica College

ECI of Utica College Conference Examines Fraud, Corruption that Decimated Economy

UTICA, N.Y., June 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In the wake of what many are calling the greatest financial meltdown since the Great Depression, the upcoming Economic Crime Institute (ECI) of Utica College's 21st  Annual Conference will examine the fraud and corruption that manifested itself in the recent financial crisis.

"Lessons from the Financial Crisis: Fraud and Corruption on the Loose" will feature a panel of anti-fraud professionals from various backgrounds who will share their expertise and lessons on frauds in the financial market, health care market, and even market bailout programs with the intention of preventing another major meltdown. One of these experts will be keynote speaker John Reed Stark. The managing director for Stroz Friedberg and an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown Law School, Stark actively manages digital forensics, electronic discovery, and other projects for major law firms and corporations. As such, he has compiled years of experience and knowledge in technology-related securities fraud.

But Stark is not the only expert slated to speak at the conference. Peter Wallison, former White House counsel to President Ronald Reagan, will also be there. Wallison, a member of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, holds the Arthur F. Burns Chair in Financial Policy Studies and is codirector of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI)'s program on Financial Policy Studies. Bradley J. Bondi was recently appointed as the assistant director and deputy general counsel for the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, and will be on hand at the conference as well. Bondi also serves as counsel to a commissioner at the Securities and Exchange Commission, and teaches as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center and George Mason University School of Law. Christy L. Romero formerly served as a counsel at the Securities and Exchange Commission as well before assuming her current position as the chief of staff for the Special Inspector General TARP Program. All three are members of the keynote panel and are just a few of the many professionals who will speak and moderate over the course of the three-day event.

In order to offer attendees a wide array of information in a clear and concise manner, this year's conference will be broken up into three tracks: economic crime, cybercrime and security investigations, and financial and securities investigations. It will be held Oct. 18-20 at The Bolger Center, Potomac, Md., and CPE credits will be awarded. Those attending will also receive three complimentary books authored by conference speakers, including: "Fraud in the Markets" by Peter Goldmann, "The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Compliance Guidebook" by Martin T. Biegelman, and a yet-to-be-announced selection written by Peter Wallison.

A pioneer in economic crime education, Utica College is home to both the Economic Crime Institute and the Center for Identity Management and Information Protection (CIMIP). Utica College offers bachelor's degrees in economic crime investigation and cybersecurity – information assurance, as well a master's degree in economic crime management, MBA in fraud management, MBA in professional accountancy, certificate in financial crimes investigation, a master's degree in criminal justice administration, and the recently added master's degree in cybersecurity – intelligence and forensics.

For more information, visit www.utica.edu/eciconference.

About Utica CollegeUtica College, founded in 1946, is a comprehensive private institution offering bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. The College, located in upstate central New York, approximately 90 miles west of Albany and 50 miles east of Syracuse, currently enrolls over 3,200 students in 37 undergraduate majors, 27 minors, 21 master's and two doctoral degree programs.

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