Many programs at universities and colleges follow the same format. You listen to a PowerPoint or complete problems during class. However, classes in the Forensic Accounting Program are a little different.

One advantage of the forensic accounting program is having the opportunity to listen to various speakers. Last semester in my fraud examination class, Kelly Pope presented her findings from her interviews with famous white-collar criminals. Agents from the IRS investigation team also gave an interactive presentation.

Last week, in my financial statement fraud class, Rob Cavallari, who worked at Adelphia during the time of the financial scandal, spoke to the class. He was hired toward the end of the scheme and was not involved in any fraudulent transactions. He spoke of his experiences and the environment in which he worked in while at Adelphia.

His biggest piece of advice was to keep raising concerns until you get an answer if you are ever asked to do something in which you are uncomfortable. Once you engage in a fraudulent transaction, there is no going back. One must always question “the why” when doing something.

I would have not learned about his experience in a textbook or off of a PowerPoint slide. Cavallari’s presentation was a real world example that gave the class valuable information that we can take with us to the workforce. It’s just another example of how unique the forensic accounting program is at Canisius.