Deviations From Ethical Norms: A Financial Crimes Case Study
Why do people deviate from their ethical norms? Is it because they are bad people or because they simply made a mistake from which they couldn’t recover? Your brain works in ways of which you are consciously unaware, leading to erroneous assessments and bad decisions that seem to be right at the time they are made. Unfortunately, the moment you take your first step down the slippery slope, intentionally or unintentionally, it becomes almost impossible to recover.
This on-demand webinar is a recording of one of the most popular sessions from the 2020 ACFE Global Fraud Conference in which ACFE faculty member Bret Hood details his investigation into David Mobley and Maricopa Investments. Maricopa Investments was formerly ranked as Barron’s No. 1 hedge fund. Mobley, the mastermind behind Maricopa, began like most of us, working with a young family to support. When Mobley was presented with an innocent opportunity, it wasn’t difficult for him to rationalize a bad decision. Approximately $140 million later, the scheme came crashing down. Using this case, Hood examines how Mobley, as well as other fraudsters, rationalize their behaviors so that, as fraud examiners, we can better understand how to investigate them. In addition, you will also learn techniques to help prevent you and other people in your organization from taking that first perilous step down the slippery slope.
Previous experience with complex fraud cases
Bret Hood, CFE - Speaker
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