A Celebration of Heroes: Working with Whistleblowers

May 2017 at 2:00 PM EST

Duration: 100 minutes

CPE Credit: 2

Description: James Holzrichter draws on his own personal experience blowing the whistle at Northrop Grumman (including a 17-year false claims case) to outline how anti-fraud professionals can encourage and support whistleblowers. This is more than just a case study, however; it is also a consideration of the future. How do we recognize and support auditors and other professionals responsible for keeping companies honest? How do we encourage staff at all levels to understand the importance of sound ethical decisions? Learn how to support the development of an ethical culture at your own organization with this celebration of true heroes.


Field of Study: Behavioral Ethics

Course Level: Intermediate

Prerequisite: Working Knowledge of Fraud and Fraud Schemes

Advanced Preparation: None 

Delivery Format: Group Internet Based

You Will Learn How To:

  • Differentiate between blowing the whistle and leaking information
  • Recognize and celebrate the value true whistleblowers provide
  • Identify the benefits of working with persons of integrity
  • Determine the importance of finding qualified assistance and representation
  • Assess the evidence of Northrop Grumman Corporation case                                                                                                   

Who Should Attend:

  • Certified Fraud Examiners and other anti-fraud professionals
  • Internal and external auditors, CPAs, CAs and forensic accountants
  • Detectives and private investigators
  • C-Suite executives
  • Accountants
  • Students                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

James H. Holzrichter
Non-Attorney Member/Owner
Protectus Law/Holzrichter Consultancy  
James H. Holzrichter, Sr. courageously blew the whistle on his employer, Northrop Grumman, a major defense contractor that allegedly fraudulently overcharged the U.S. government on several defense programs, including the B-2 bomber. As chronicled in his book,A Just Cause: A True Story of Courage, Hope, & the Integrity of the American Dream, Holzrichter tenaciously pursued his False Claims Act (FCA) case for 17 and a half years, one of the first and now the longest running FCA case in history. Northrop Grumman ultimately paid $134 million for its fraudulent activities, but Holzrichter's whistleblowing entailed tremendous personal sacrifice. When his employer discovered that he was cooperating with criminal investigators from the U.S. Department of Defense, Holzrichter was terminated and was unable to find other work in his profession. His family eventually went from living a comfortable life in the Chicago suburbs to living in homeless shelters Holzrichter now uses the unique insights he gained in pursuing his case to mentor other whistleblowers and strengthen whistleblower rights.  In conjunction with Taxpayers Against Fraud, he launched the Whistleblower Mentoring Initiative Project in 2007 to assist whistleblowers nationwide on how to navigate and cope with the process of litigating long-term fraud cases.


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