Andrew Fastow, who spent six years in prison for his role as
Since release from prison, he’s been on the lecture circuit, often at events closed to the press. The talk at UA Little Rock will be no different. HIs appearances have stirred a bit of resistance at times, including cancellation of a talk at one university where professors objected, and complaints about the lack of public details of appearances on college campuses.
After hearing about Fastow’s visit (he’s not listed by name on the campus website signup for the event), I inquired. Judy Williams, associate vice chancellor for communications, provided this response to questions I’d
Andrew Fastow is our only speaker and hence there is no roster of speakers. Mr. Fastow is being paid from foundation that is set up for Ethics Speaker Series and the amount is $5,000. The event is designed for CE credit for Professionals (CPA and CFA) and for our students who must earn Ethics Badge for their graduation. So, the attendees are expected to be our students and faculty, CPA and CFA certificants who are looking for CE credit for their credentials.
I sent Vibhakar a few
Williams emphasized in an
According to the CFA, Fastow will talk about using artificial intelligence to prevent fraud. He’s now part of a firm that provides “AI risk management software.” He’s scheduled for two talks, one on campus and one at the downtown site.
His talks have received a variety of reviews when the public has been able to attend. For example, a business columnist for Detroit Free Press wrote last year:
Fastow does the right thing and admits that while he technically tried to follow the rules, he fell far short by never asking himself if he was doing the right thing.
But his speech is framed in such a way that he seems to rationalize his role by highlighting ways that so many others who did not do time are driven to push the limits …