Walt Pavlo, a former senior manager at MCI Communications and a convicted white-collar criminal, will address the university community on Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 6 p.m. in Lynch Auditorium. The lecture, titled "Stolen Without a Gun – A Look at White-Collar Crime," is open to the public, but attendees are asked to RSVP online by Sunday, Oct. 13.
"We make an effort to discuss ethical issues and practical dilemmas that our graduates may find themselves facing," said Ruth May, College of Business professor and associate dean for faculty affairs.
"Nearly everyone will, at some point in their career, be faced with difficult decisions," said May. "Mr. Pavlo is a good example of man who made a mistake, paid for it and is now trying to make something good of the situation."
As a senior manager at NCI, Pavlo was responsible for the billing and collection of nearly $1 billion in monthly revenue. In 1996, he and two other individuals began to perpetrate a fraud that resulted in $6 million in payments to the Cayman Islands over a six-month period.
In 2001, Pavlo pled guilty to wire fraud and money laundering and entered federal prison. Now, he consults with corporate leaders to help them understand how fraud starts within an organization. Additionally, he contributes at Forbes.com, CNBC and Fox Business on white-collar crime.
The lecture is hosted by the university's chapter of the Sigma Iota Zeta management honor society, the Accounting and Finance Society and the Institute of Management Accounants.