College of Business

Ethics and Fraud

November 30, 2015
Explore the dangers posed by fraud, identify fraudulent scenarios and make principle-based ethical decisions to prevent fraudulent actions.

The Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative at UCCS brings speakers and events to UCCS to highlight fraud prevention and its impact of it on the community. Fraud is a prominent business ethical issue. Business scandals have effected multiple stakeholders costing companies millions of dollars. The DFEI at UCCS presents the dangers posed by fraud, creates experiences and informs students, faculty, staff, and community members so they can identify fraudulent scenarios and make principle-based ethical decisions when faced with them.

Fraud is a deceptive act by one person, group, or organization that causes another to part with something of value or to surrender a legal right. Fraud includes occupational fraud (employee misuse of company resources), accounting fraud and marketing fraud.

Events & Speakers

Sherron Watkins (Enron), Toby Groves (former mortgage broker) and Weston Smith (formerly of the HealthSouth Corporation) presented their stories of accounting fraud in their workplaces.

Opportunity Strikes Again - Mock Trial and Seminar - October 2015

Mock Trial Video 1.1 - Suspect Interview

Mock Trial Video 2.1 - Jury Selection and Questioning

Mock Trial Video 3.1 - Witness Testimony and Judge Orders

Ethics Fellows in this Focus Area

Cathy Claiborne 

Sheri Colcun-Trumpfheller

Andrew Czaplewski

Jeffrey Ferguson

Gordon Stringer

Ethics Town Hall - November 2015

Dr. Kelly Richmond Pope, Chief Content Officer of Helios Digital Learning presented clips from a documentary All the Queen's Horses to spark student discussion and educate the community about public corruption, white-collar crime and the importance of ethical decision-making in our society. All The Queen's Horses chronicles the story of Rita Crundwell, former city controller of Dixon, Illinois whose embezzlement of $53 million went undetected for more than 20 years. 

Town Hall Program Cover Picture
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Publication Resources 

The Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect: Sheri C. Gibson MA & Edie Greene PhD (2013): Assessing Knowledge of Elder Financial Abuse: A First Step in Enhancing Prosecutions, Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect, 25:2,162-182

Financial exploitation by a family member is the most common form of elder mistreatment; yet, it is a difficult crime to detect and prosecute. Psychologists have traditionally assisted prosecutors by assessing decisional capacity and opining in court whether an alleged victim was able to consent to the contested transactions. This article proposes and evaluates a novel form of psychological expertise in financial abuse trials-social framework testimony to reeducate jurors who are misinformed about aspects of this largely hidden crime. Findings suggest that, as in cases of child and spousal abuse, social framework testimony on the general dispositional and situational factors inherent in elder financial abuse may enhance prosecutions.

Journal article  link to:  Assessing Knowledge of Elder Financial Abuse: A First Step in Enhancing Prosecutions