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April 3, 2006
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FBI agent involved in diluted cancer drugs case to give ethics lecture at KU

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Robert Herndon

LAWRENCE — An FBI special agent involved in the Kansas City-area diluted cancer drug case and the price-fixing conspiracy of Archer Daniels Midland will present the 2006 Walter S. Sutton Ethics Lecture at the University of Kansas.

Robert Herndon will present “Diluted Trust: Moral Failure and White Collar Crime” at 7 p.m. Monday, April 17, in the Woodruff Auditorium at the Kansas Union.

Throughout his career, Herndon, a KU alumnus, has worked on a number of fraud-related and white collar investigations. The investigation of Robert Courtney drew headlines across the country. In 1998, Herndon helped track down the Kansas City-area pharmacist who diluted chemotherapy drugs intended for cancer patients. The case was selected as the 2002 Investigation of the Year by the National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association.

Herndon, a 1985 graduate of the KU School of Business, began work with the FBI in 1986. Early in his career he worked on a national case involving a U.S. District Court Judge convicted of bribery violations. In 1993, he investigated a group of businessmen around the world who conspired to fix prices with their competitors. The criminal investigation of ADM and the subsequent prosecution of the company and its executives are detailed in The Informant, an account of the case written by New York Times business writer Kurt Eichenwald.

Herndon’s work gained further literary acclaim in former FBI Director Louis J. Freeh’s book, My FBI — Bringing Down the Mafia, Investigating Bill Clinton, and Fighting the War on Terror.

Herndon has received numerous awards, including the National Intelligence Meritorious Unit Citation from James Woolsey, director of Central Intelligence, and a personal presentation from Attorney General Janet Reno of the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service award in 1997 for his work on the ADM investigation. He was named Agent of the Year for the Kansas City Division in 2004 for his work on the Courtney investigation and other fraud related investigations.

The KU International Center for Ethics in Business and the School of Business are sponsoring the lecture, which is made possible by Betsey G. Sutton in memory of her husband, Walter Sutton. The lecture is free to the public and tickets are not required.

The Walter S. Sutton Ethics Lecture series began in 1993. Previous speakers in the series include former Secretary of the Navy James Webb; William S. Kanaga, chairman of the Center for International Private Enterprise; Hal T. Hansen, chairman of the Cargill Investor Series; John Brooks Slaughter, chairman of the National Science Foundation; and Klaus M. Leisinger, executive director of the the Novartis Foundation for Sustainable Development.

The International Center for Ethics in Business is a cooperative effort of the School of Business and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The Center’s purpose is to promote individual and corporate integrity in U.S. and international business through research, service, education in ethical principles and behavior. Co-directors are Richard T. DeGeorge, distinguished professor of philosophy; H. Joseph Reitz, professor of business; and Douglas May, professor of business.

For more information about the lecture series or the School of Business, call (785) 864-3795 or visit www.business.ku.edu.

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