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Midlands fraud date

Michael Woodford, the former CEO of electronics company Olympus, blew the whistle on billion-pound fraud and corruption at the Japanese firm. As he put it, he found that he had walked into a Grisham novel. He is among the speakers at the eighth annual conference of the Midlands Fraud Forum, in Birmingham, on Thursday, February 19. The all-day event runs at the Tally Ho Conference Centre, Edgbaston.

The MFF chairman Mark Surguy, Partner at law firm Eversheds, will open the day. Speakers invited include Alfie Quinn, of the London Resident Office, United States Secret Service, on law enforcement dealing with fraud on both sides of the Atlantic; Dave Walker, Head of Monitoring, Assessment and Development, Charity Commission, on scams and other fraud risks facing the charity sector; Barry Brennan, Managing Director, National Hunter; DCI David Wood, Insurance Fraud Department, City of London Police; and Prof Monica Whitty, of the Department of Media and Communication, University of Leicester, on online dating scams.

In mid-afternoon delegates can choose to attend one of two ‘breakout sessions’: with Glenn Wicks, Deputy Chief Investigation Officer, at the Department for Business; or Richard Henson, Senior Lecturer – Computer Studies, Worcester Business School, University of Worcester.

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