Stolen Without a Gun: Author to Discuss How White-Collar Crime Happens
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