CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – In today’s political atmosphere of “putting America first” and a focus on the economy, there is additional interest in the upcoming speaker at the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Kirkland Distinguished Visiting Executive Lecture Speaker Series. Weston Smith will speak about his first-hand experience with billions of dollars in financial statement fraud and what ultimately made him speak out.
The speaker series, hosted by the College of Business (COB) at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, will take place on Wednesday, April 26, at the Island University’s University Center, Anchor Ballroom. The talk is free and open to the public.
“We are able to bring in speakers who share their real-world business experience with our students and the community,” said Dr. John Gamble, COB Dean. “In the case of Weston Smith, this is a rare opportunity to learn about what leads to a culture of fraud in business and how to avoid ethical pitfalls.”
Smith worked as a CFO for the Fortune 500 Company HealthSouth Corporation, the largest U.S. operator of rehabilitation hospitals accused of over-billing the government's Medicare program and falsifying their financial books for years. Smith will speak about the multi-billion dollar financial settlement fraud and why he, as he calls it, “crossed the line.”