rovito-square-230by Rich Rovito, WMEP Industry Reporter

Fraud can be a real problem for manufacturers. They can be susceptible to internal and external fraud schemes, ranging from inventory fraud and black market diversion of product to kickbacks, falsified invoices, fictitious vendors and conflicts of interest.

The Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership will present a Lunch & Learn session that will address common fraud schemes in the manufacturing environment; motivations and characteristics of fraudsters; indicators of fraud; means to prevent, detect and investigate fraud; and case studies from manufacturing.

The session will be held July 24 at the Country Springs Hotel in Pewaukee.

The featured guest speaker will be Maribeth Vander Weele, president of the Vander Weele Group, a Chicago firm that provides corporate investigations, investigative intelligence and data analysis to protect fraud.

Pewaukee, Wednesday, July 24
11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Open to manufacturing companies only

Vander Weele has managed scores of investigative projects, focusing on manufacturers in the private sector. Her firm has provided onsite consulting services to manufacturers in the United States, China, Malaysia, Singapore and Mexico, and remotely in the Middle East, South America, Canada and Europe.

The Vander Weele Group serves as the outsourced inspector general of the Public Building Commission of Chicago, which manages hundreds of millions of dollars of construction projects for Chicago and Cook County agencies. Vander Weele herself serves on the Cook County Board of Ethics and Illinois Gaming Board.

A former award-winning journalist for the Chicago Sun-Times and former inspector general of Chicago Public Schools, Vander Weele has been profiled in the Wall Street Journal, Teacher Magazine and Education Week. She is author of the book “Reclaiming Our Schools: The Struggle for Chicago School Reform,” which covers a series of investigations into Chicago Public Schools.