Whistleblower Harry Markopolos, the forensic accounting expert who raised red flags about Bernie Madoff and is now targeting General Electric, will be our Keynote Speaker at The 2020 Distressed Investing Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, February 5-7, 2020 at the Encore at The Wynn.
Markopolos tipped off the SEC on three occasions (2000, 2001, and 2005) prior to Madoff’s arrest in 2008, and wrote a book about it, No One Would Listen: A True Financial Thriller. Markopolos says it took him five minutes to figure out that Madoff was a fraud, but it took him years to get the SEC–and the world–to accept the truth. Madoff was behind the largest case of investor fraud in history, a $65 billion ponzi scheme.
Now, Markopolos is going after GE. In a research report posted online, he alleged the company is engaged in accounting fraud in its long-term care insurance business—a claim GE has denied.
His story has been featured on 60 Minutes, in The Wall Street Journal and in the documentary Chasing Madoff. Markopolos candidly explains his long fight to “gift wrap and deliver to the SEC the biggest Ponzi scheme in history” and reveals a captivating cloak-and-dagger story of one man and his tightly knit, highly-trained team of trusted allies that never gave up. By relying on his unique combination of skills as a veteran of the finance industry, he pieced together the facts and numbers and blew the whistle on Madoff.
With modesty, steely integrity and self-deprecating humor, Markopolos offers not only an insider account of his actions, but a vivid examination of our financial system. He articulates what mistakes and holes in our system lead to Madoff’s “success” and how we can prevent similar crimes in the future. It was a broken system that allowed Madoff to slip through unnoticed, and Markopolos is using his voice to help protect the public from financial predators. One man making a big difference, Markopolos continues to fight the good fight against the many forces that have ripped apart our nation’s financial practices and compromised the U.S. economy. A crusader for the truth and justice, he forges ahead, working to ensure that a crime of this magnitude never happens again.
• 2005 – Present: Boston Chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors
• 2004 – Present: Self-Employed Fraud Investigator
• 1995 – Present: Member of Chartered Financial Analysts Institute
• 2002 – 2004 Chief Investment Officer, Rampart Investment Management Company, Inc.
• 2002 – 2003: President & CEO, Boston Security Analysts Society
• 1991 – 2001: Portfolio Manager, Rampart Investment Management Company, Inc.
• 1997 – M.A., Boston College
• 1981 – B.A., Loyola College
• Your Industry & Fraud: What to Look For & How to Prevent It
• How Did One Man Lose $64.8 Billion? The Signs, the Red Flags & How to Make Sure It Never Happens Again
• Developing & Acting Upon Healthy Professional Skepticism