Continuing Legal Education

The $53 Million Fraud: Who’s Responsible for Catching Fraud?

June 15, 2018
1:00 – 3:10 p.m.
1.50 MCLE hours, including 1.50 Professional Responsibility MCLE credit hours (PMCLE credit subject to approval)
Co-sponsored by Helios Digital Learning

Fontana, Wisconsin
The Abbey Resort
269 Fontana Blvd.
(During ISBA's Annual Meeting)
(map and directions)


Fraud can happen to anyone, but who is responsible for catching it?

On February 14, 2013, Rita Crundwell, former Comptroller for the city of Dixon, IL was sentenced to 19 ½ years in prison for stealing more than $53 million from Dixon over a 20 year period. Subsequent to her conviction, the city of Dixon successfully sued its auditors, settling their claim against them for $40 million. Don’t miss this program that examines the case and contemplates what role attorneys and auditors should play in uncovering fraud. The program concludes with a lively discussion between our speakers: Devon Bruce, the lead attorney for the city of Dixon in the lawsuit against its auditors; Kelly Richmond Pope, director of the documentary, accountant, and white collar crime expert; and Brick Van Der Snick, an ISBA member whose secretary managed to steal over $150,000 from his law firm over the course of several years.

  • 1:00 – 2:10 p.m.  Documentary: All the Queen’s Horses
  • 2:10 – 2:25 p.m.  Break
  • 2:25 – 3:10 p.m.  Panel Discussion

Program Speakers:
Devon C. Bruce, Power, Rogers & Smith, Chicago
J. Brick Van Der Snick, Van Der Snick Law Firm Ltd, St. Charles
Kelly Richmond Pope, PhD, CPA, Helios Digital Learning, Chicago