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WorldCom whistleblower to speak on March 20

WorldCom whistleblower to speak on March 20

Cynthia Cooper

MARCH 12, 2014 – Corporate whistleblower Cynthia Cooper, a member of a team of auditors who uncovered $3.8 billion in fraud at WorldCom in 2002, will give a presentation and sign copies of her book, “Extraordinary Circumstances: The Journey of a Corporate Whistleblower” on Thurs., March 20. This program, scheduled for 6 p.m. in the Student Center Theater, is part of SPSU’s Third Annual Accounting Conference, hosted by the Business Administration Department and the SPSU Accounting Club.

After Cooper and her team unraveled the fraud at WorldCom – one of the largest corporate frauds to date – she was named one of Time Magazine’s Persons of the Year and has also been featured in national periodicals such as The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, CFO magazine and Business Week. Her book has been called a page-turning detective novel.

Cooper is a recipient – along with former U.S. Sen. Paul Sarbanes and former U.S. Rep. Michael Oxley, sponsors of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 – of the Maria and Sidney E. Rolfe Award for contributions to educating the public about economics, business and finance. She was the first woman to be inducted into the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ Business & Industry Hall of Fame and to receive the American Accounting Association’s Accounting Exemplar Award. She was an inaugural inductee of the Institute of Internal Auditors American Hall of Distinguished Audit Practitioners.

Cooper speaks for and consults with organizations around the world. Her clients have included large public companies such as Dell, Bell South, France Telecom, PepsiCo, Raytheon, Wal-Mart and AT&T; associations such as the National Association of Corporate Directors, the Network of Executive Women and the Washington, D.C., Trial Lawyers Association; public-sector entities such as the FBI, the U.S. Department of the Interior and the U.S. Department of Labor; international organizations such as the United Nations; and public accounting firms such as Deloitte and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

She was the 2011 chairman of the Board of Regents for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and currently serves on the advisory boards for Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, and Mississippi State University.

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