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The University of Maryland will virtually host a world class panel of experts who will discuss the anticipated increase of white collar crime and financial fraud surrounding the likely fallout from the aftermath of COVID-19. History gives us some clues on what we can expect over the next 18 months, and our panelists will discuss the types of pressures these crises create and the red flags and indicators we might see in the near-term signaling the risk of white collar crime, regulatory offenses and other fraud, waste and abuse.

Over the past three decades, we have experienced several extraordinary black swan events including Black Monday - the stock market crash of 1987, the Persian Gulf War, the Dot-Com Bubble, 9/11, the financial crisis of 2008 which included the collapse of Bear Sterns, Lehman Brothers, Freddie Mac and FNMA (among others) as well as Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme, and now, the current COVID-19 pandemic. These major events and the resulting financial market turmoil have traditionally been harbingers of an increase in white collar crime and fraud. These events and recent issues like the PPP, class action lawsuits, the defrauding of consumers, investors and government, price gouging, stockpiling and other related fraud will be discussed by our renowned panelists. 

We hope you will join us virtually for what will prove to be an insightful and dynamic discussion. 


Managing Director, Duff & Phelps

Mr. Dubinsky (Smith '83) is a renowned forensic accountant and certified fraud examiner who investigates cases involving fraud and financial wrongdoing. Specializing in white collar financial cases, Bruce has testified in federal and state courts and arbitrations in more than 65 trials, and was the United States Government's expert witness in the Bernie Madoff proceedings.

Sally S. Simpson, Ph. D.
Distinguished Professor and Director of C-BERC, University of Maryland, College Park

Dr. Simpson is a Distinguished University Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice and Director of the Center for the Study of Business Ethics, Regulation, & Crime (C-BERC) in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences and the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her research interests include the etiology and prevention/control of corporate crime corporate crime. Dr. Simpson is the current President of the American Society of Criminology.

Bridget Rohde, Esq.
Ms. Rohde (Carey '86) served as the Acting United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, as well as Chief Assistant United States Attorney, Special Counsel and Chief of the Criminal Division, among other supervisory positions in that office. Previously, Ms. Rohde was a partner at a national law firm, focusing on white collar criminal defense, compliance and monitoring.

John Casale Jr.
Assistant Special Agent in Charge, Complex Financial Crimes Branch, New York Field Office, Federal Bureau of Investigation

Mr. Casale is the Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Complex Financial Crimes Branch located at the FBI's New York Field Office. John was born and raised in New Jersey and has been with the FBI for more than two decades. He has extensive knowledge and experience in financial crime investigations and leads the largest financial crimes program in the FBI.

Edward Lawrence
Correspondent at FOX Business Network (FBN)

Mr. Lawrence (Merrill '93) covers economic and political breaking news out of FBN's Washington, DC Bureau and will be the moderator for the panel event. During his career, Lawrence has covered a wide range of news stories including those related to financial crimes, the recently implemented PPP, the China-US Trade Deal, China's theft of US technology, and China's Thousand Talents Plan. Notably, Lawrence has interviewed several major industry titans spanning the business and economics sectors.

RSVP by 6/2/2020

Following your registration, you will receive an email that will provide the Zoom details and link to join the event.

Questions for the panelists will be accepted from event attendees both in advance of the event via rsawyer3 [at] umd [dot] edu and during the event.