Ethics Lecturer Discusses White-Collar Crime

Ethics Lecturer Discusses White-Collar Crime

October 10, 2016

White-collar crime expert Walt Pavlo Jr. will present Susquehanna University's 2016 Edward S. and A. Rita Schmidt Lecture in Ethics on Oct. 24. His lecture, Stolen Without a Gun: Insights Into White-Collar Crime, begins at 7:30 p.m. in Stretansky Concert Hall of the Cunningham Center for Music and Art. The event is free and open to the public.

A former MCI WorldCom executive who spent two years in prison for wire fraud and money laundering, Pavlo is recognized as one of the leading speakers on white-collar crime and federal criminal cases. He has made appearances for the FBI, the offices of the United States Attorneys, Big 4 accounting firms, top-ranked MBA schools, law schools and major corporations across the country.

He is a contributor to, and has appeared on American Greed and CNBC documentaries. Pavlo's popular book Stolen Without A Gun: Confessions from inside history's biggest accounting fraud-the collapse of MCI Worldcom, co-authored with former executive editor of Forbes magazine Neil Weinberg in 2007, chronicles his personal journey through the world of white-collar crime.

Pavlo is the founder and creator of, a consulting and expert testimony firm for lawyers and defendants on the post-conviction process of the federal justice system. The website provides information on white-collar crime for the purpose of informing professionals, academics and students on breaking news, major court cases, research and general interest on the topic. Content ranges from fraud discovery, to court cases, to information on prisons, to legislation concerning fraud crimes. Its contributors represent some of the top names in the fields of law enforcement, criminal defense, ethics and compliance.

The Edward S. and A. Rita Schmidt Lecture in Ethics was established by 1969 graduate Edward R. Schmidt in honor of his late parents. The lectureship brings distinguished scholars and leaders to campus to advance students' understanding of and appreciation for the value and role of ethics in their professional and personal endeavors.  

Schmidt is a retired partner of the Indianapolis law firm of Krieg DeVault. Prior to that, he was an executive vice president for Sallie Mae. He also served as executive vice president, general counsel-secretary and board member of USA Group, the largest guarantor of student loans in the United States. Schmidt remains an engaged member of the Susquehanna University community, serving on the Board of Trustees and advising the alumni corporation of Theta Chi fraternity.  

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