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WSU hosts govt. officials at 2006 Fraud Symposium

Federal and state accounting officials will share insider perspectives on financial crimes at the third annual WSU Fraud Symposium, hosted by the Department of Accounting in the College of Business.

This year’s symposium will be held Friday, April 28, from 9 a.m. to noon in Todd Hall 276 and will continue the series’ focus on various aspects of fraud as they relate to the accounting profession and the business community. Previous symposium topics have included white collar crime and computer forensics. 

“The symposium is a great venue for students, faculty, and professionals in the industry to learn how fraud is committed or prevented, and how savvy accountants employ a variety of investigative and technological techniques to detect it,” says Bob Greenberg, chair of the Department of Accounting.

“We are also pleased that this is the first year that accountants from Washington, Idaho, and Oregon can earn continuing professional education credits by attending.” Registration for CPE credit is available online at

Three of the four guest speakers are alumni of the WSU accounting program.

Linda Calbom (‘79), a director in the Federal Government Accountability Office in Washington, D.C., will discuss, “Fraud Against the U.S. Government and the GAO’s role in Detection” at 9 a.m.

At 9:30 a.m., Joe Dervaes, Director of Special Investigations for the Washington State Auditor’s Office, will present, “Examples from the Field: Which Organizations in the State are Most Susceptible to Fraud and Why?”

At 10 a.m., Tremaine Smith (‘78), Assistant Director of the Audit Division of the Washington Department of Revenue, will present, “Your Tax Dollars Generating More Tax Dollars: How the DOR Motivates Taxpayers to Stop Cheating.”

Heather Lopez (‘99), Director of Internal Audit for Washington State University, will round out the presentation by addressing, “What Can WSU Do to Prevent Embezzlement and Other Misappropriation of Assets?” at 10:30.

The symposium will conclude with a question-and-answer panel session.

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