Saint Xavier graduates first class of Air Force special agents for fraud examination
Group graduates from country’s only classroom-based Financial Fraud Examination and Management Master’s program
Chicago (Jan. 7, 2008) -- Five U.S. Air Force special agents were among the first in the country to obtain classroom-based master’s degrees in Financial Fraud Examination and Management on Jan. 7 at Saint Xavier University’s Winter Commencement.
Special Agents Robert Green, Christopher Nelson, Courtney Stockton, Michael Lecco and David Franklin earned their degrees through Saint Xavier’s Graham School of Management in Chicago, which offers the only classroom-based MBA program in financial fraud and examination in the country.
The program combines elements of law enforcement, law, accounting and general business education. In January, Saint Xavier began offering classes in the Chicago Bar Association building in Chicago’s Loop. The U.S. Air Force and Chicago Police Department, the nation’s second largest police department, both chose Saint Xavier to better train their agents and officers in identity theft and financial and procurement fraud.
Terry Mosher, Air Force Headquarters Office of Special Investigations fraud manager, said the agents’ extra training will be “very helpful,” particularly in investigations against major corporations.
Program founder and director Assistant Professor William J. Kresse said the agents will soon be fighting fraud on Air Force bases around the world.
“These Saint Xavier graduates will be doing the important work of ensuring taxpayer money is not squandered and that our fighting men and women get the necessary resources to successfully complete their missions,” he said.
Kresse was recently named Educator of the Year by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), the world’s leading professional association dedicated to fighting fraud and white collar crime. He also received an Institute of Fraud Prevention grant to conduct the most extensive study of identity theft to date: “IDENTITY THEFT: Findings and Public Policy Recommendations From the Saint Xavier University Study of Identity Theft Incidents Reported to the Chicago Police Department, 2000 – 2006.”
Noted Chicago businessman James J. O’Connor spoke at Saint Xavier’s Winter Commencement and received a Doctor of Public Service, honoris causa, in recognition of his extraordinary record of service.
O’Connor is retired chairman and chief executive officer of Unicom Corporation and its subsidiary, Commonwealth Edison Company. O’Connor is director of the following companies: Armstrong World Industries Inc., Corning Incorporated (Lead Director), Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation (Lead Director). He previously served as director of Bell and Howell, Borg-Warner, Esmark, Everen Securities, First Chicago Corporation, Tribune Company and Trizec Properties.
O’Connor served on the Board of Trustees for Saint Xavier University from 1979 to 1995. His distinguished service to and generous support of Saint Xavier University are exemplary. The SXU Board of Trustees elected him a life trustee in 2005.
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