Dr. Richard G. Brody of Albuquerque stopped by the Los Alamos Daily Post early this afternoon ahead of his scheduled 3-4 p.m. presentation for badge holders today at the Pete Domenici Auditorium at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
Dr. Richard G. Brody stopped by the Los Alamos Daily Post early this afternoon to discuss in general terms the topic of fraud in the workplace. Brody is presenting a talk on the topic for badge holders at 3 p.m. today at the Pete Domenici Auditorium at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Brody is the Douglas Minge Brown professor of accounting in the Anderson School of Management at UNM in Albuquerque. His research addresses issues related to forensic accounting, auditing and corporate governance. He has worked with the U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Department of Justice, New Mexico Attorney General’s Office and the Second Judicial District Attorney’s Office in New Mexico.
“I really commend LANL for the effort in getting me here and for encouraging employees to attend today’s talk,” Brody said. “
Brody explained that his talk today is similar to a “Scared Straight” talk in that he uses real life examples such as a nun with a gambling addiction and the lengths she went to feed it and doctors conducting unnecessary surgeries to rake in millions from Medicare.
He describes the results of his research on honesty and integrity as quite depressing.
“You might think that people are nice and won’t take advantage of you but there are many people out there who will do just that … what you learn today might just save your life,” he said.
Brody spoke about “red collar crime” saying red collar crime is when a white collar criminal commits murder. It occurs when the fraudster begins to panic and starts to rationalize that if he kills the person who knows what he did then he will be able to get away with it.
Red collar crime happens more often than one might think, he said, especially among home care workers who steal from their elderly patient, get nervous and kill them.
“It’s all about awareness … my whole thing is to teach prevention,” Brody said. “The moral of the story is prevention can save you money and it might just save your life.”
While today’s talk is for LANL badge holders only, Brody said he hopes to arrange another talk in town for community members sometime in the future.