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Weston Smith

Ex-CFO, Convicted Fraudster Fraud Prevention and Ethics Advocate

Weston Smith is an instructor, lecturer, motivator and advisor with an emphasis on the promotion of fraud prevention and ethical conduct. He began his career as a CPA with Ernst & Young specializing in audit and healthcare consulting.

Weston was hired by HealthSouth Corporation during its infancy and ultimately became its Chief Financial Officer. The company quickly became a Wall Street darling and within a dozen years of inception grew from one location to over two thousand in all fifty states and five countries.

However, underneath the glimmering corporate offices of the Fortune 500 company, a fleet of corporate jets and “consistent” earnings reports, lay a multi-year multi-billion dollar financial statement fraud. Weston would eventually turn whistleblower and come forward to alert federal investigators to the fraud and accept responsibility for his actions.

Weston has spoken for universities, corporations and professional groups internationally and across the country and has appeared in media outlets including CNBC and Fox Business Network. He can be found on the Netflix series Trial by Media.  

SESSION DESCRIPTION
I’m an Ex-CFO Who Went to Prison for Fraud: Here’s My Advice to Leaders

Despite annual audits and regulatory reviews of Healthsouth Corporation, a multi-year, $3 Billion dollar fraud occurred. Weren’t there red flags? Could the corporate culture of the company led to the fraud? Absolutely. The red flags were stiff in the wind. In this session, Weston Smith will make a case for ethical conduct within business and will further illustrate the following:

  • The importance of fostering true and effective corporate culture
  • The financial and non-financial red flags of fraud
  • Stereotypes versus realities of fraudulent behavior
  • Risks of one’s own culpability
  • Protection from unethical conduct of others
Ex-CFO, Convicted Fraudster Fraud Prevention and Ethics Advocate