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Harry Markopolos, Madoff whistleblower to speak at the Wisconsin School of Business at the Univeristy of Wisconsin-Madison

Madoff Whistleblower Speaking to Students About Ethics This Thursday

by Lavilla Capener, Staff Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Madoff Whistleblower and author of No One Would Listen Harry Markopolos will give the keynote address as part of the Spring Ethics Symposium, sponsored by the Howard Carver Ethics and Professionalism Program at the Wisconsin School of Business. Markopolos’ remarks will be from 6:15-7:15 p.m. on Thursday, May 2 at the Wisconsin School of Business. 

A question-and-answer session will follow his talk, which is open to the public.

Markopolos realized that Bernard Madoff’s investment strategy was an obvious fraud within five minutes. But it took him almost ten years of repeated red flag waving and covert communication to the SEC to get the world to see it.

Markopolos candidly explains his long fight to “gift wrap and deliver the biggest Ponzi scheme to the SEC ever” and reveals a captivating cloak-and-dagger story of one man and his tightly knit, highly-trained team of trusted allies that never gave up. By relying on his unique combination of skills as a 22-year veteran of the finance industry, he pieced together the facts and numbers and blew the whistle on Madoff.

Since the Madoff scandal broke, Markopolos has dedicated himself to becoming the
world's most visible and shrewd whistleblower on fraud and conflicts of interest in financial markets. No One Would Listen has already become a New York Times bestseller, and Markopolos has shared his insights on such prominent media outlets as The Today Show, 60 Minutes, and The Daily Show, as well as in major print publications including The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. Most recently, he starred in the feature documentary Chasing Madoff.

A 17-year veteran of the Army Reserve and National Guard, where he achieved the rank of Major, Markopolos earned his Chartered Financial Analysts designation in 1996 and his Certified Fraud Examiner’s designation in 2008. He served as President and CEO of the 4,000 member Boston Security Analysts Society from 2002-2003. Markopolos has also held board seats on the Boston Chapters of both the Global Association of Risk Professionals and QWAFAFEW, a quantitative finance lecture group.

An assistant portfolio manager for Darien Capital Management in Greenwich, CT for
three years, he left to become an equity derivatives portfolio manager at Rampart Investment Management Company, Inc. in Boston. Markopolos was promoted to Chief Investment Officer in 2002 but decided to leave the industry in August 2004 to pursue fraud investigations fulltime against Fortune 500 companies in the financial services and healthcare industries. He brings fraud cases to the US Department of Justice and the Internal Revenue Service under existing whistleblower bounty programs. The Madoff investigation was his first fraud case. He’s been hooked ever since.

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