Former CPA, CFO and convicted felon Sam Antar to present at business ethics lecture

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Sam E. Antar was the CFO of electronic goods retailer Crazy Eddie and helped mastermind one of the largest securities frauds uncovered during the 1980s. This convicted felon now advises federal and state law enforcement agencies and performs forensic accounting services. The Huffington Post recently named him as one of the 25 most feared financial reporters in the U.S.

Antar will present "The Black Art of White-Collar Crime" at the University of Northern Iowa at 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 10, in the Commons Ballroom as part of the David W. Wilson Chair in Business Ethics programming. The event is free and open to the public.

Craig VanSandt, holder of the David W. Wilson Chair in Business Ethics at UNI, says that bringing Antar to campus is a great, eye-opening opportunity for students and the community.

"Antar is a direct and potentially disquieting speaker, warning his audiences that white-collar crime is rampant in the United States, and that people must protect themselves from fraud," he said.

A debriefing session will be held at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 12, in the Curris Business Building, Room 320, to help students process Antar's message. Panelists for this session will include VanSandt, UNI assistant professor of accounting Joel Pike, and professor of accounting at Augustana College and a Certified Fraud Examiner Pamela Druger.

This event is sponsored by the David W. Wilson Chair in Business Ethics with support from the UNI Department of Accounting and the UNI Center for Academic Ethics.

About the David W. Wilson Chair in Business Ethics

The David W. Wilson Chair was established through an endowed gift from university alumnus and Laguna Beach, Calif., resident David W. Wilson, president and owner of one of the largest privately owned automotive groups in the country. Wilson graduated from UNI in 1970 with a B.A. in philosophy. His gift helps make ethics a focus of teaching and research at UNI and helps students recognize the value of ethics as a guide to decision-making in life and business.

 

Contact: 

Craig VanSandt, David W. Wilson Chair of Business Ethics, UNI College of Business Administration, 319-273-

Rebecca Schultze, communications and public relations manager, UNI College of Business Administration, 319-273-3309, rebecca.schultze@uni.edu