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Worldcom whistle-blower Cynthia Cooper talks to USM students

By Karrie Leggett - bio | email

 HATTIESBURG,MS (WDAM) -  The woman who is known as the Worldcom Whistle-Blower spoke at Southern Miss this afternoon.

Cynthia Cooper was the guest speaker at the university's College of Business for an ethics lecture. In 2002, Cooper, served as a company vice president in the auditing division of Worldcom.

Cooper along with her team of auditors worked to unearth $3.8 million in fraud at the company. At the time, this was the largest episode of accounting fraud in U.S. history.

Lance Nail, Dean of the Business College, explained that Cooper's visit highlighted the importance of having integrity in a business environment.

 "She talked about the slippery slope. Basically , integrity is not a do over so once you make that decision to make that one unethical decision it starts a process that goes down that path. So, you just have to have awareness of your ethical decisions. Putting them in the forefront, or you may cross over that line and go down that slippery slope," said Nail.

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