Media Center


Contact Information

Center for Identity Management
and Information Protection
Dr. Donald Rebovich,
Executive Director
Utica University
1600 Burrstone Road
Utica, NY 13502
[All News Releases]

Economic Crime Conference Details Domestic, Global Threats

UC's ECI Presents National, International Experts

Written By Christine Leogrande

Utica College hosts its 19th annual Economic Crime Investigation conference in Potomac, Md.


Utica, NY (10/23/2008)
- A huge – and growing – threat to U.S. security is international organized crime, said Alice Fisher, former assistant attorney general, criminal division, U.S. Department of Justice.

Fisher, keynote speaker at a conference of the Economic Crime Institute (ECI) of Utica College, said international organized crime provides support to terrorists targeting the U.S. Motivated by power and money, the groups use various methods of economic crime and fraud to garner funds. 

Fisher recently rejoined the Latham & Watkins law firm in Washington as a partner.

Fisher’s presentation was just one of many addressing the prevention, investigation and prosecution of economic crime. The nineteenth annual conference, “Global Warning! Economic Crime at Home and Abroad,” also addressed prevention of fraud through compliance, identifying internal risks, emerging threats in identity theft, geographic “hot” spots in ID theft and data protection, vendor fraud, money laundering, and forensic accounting. 

Utica College has long been the leader in economic crime education. One of the college’s signature programs, economic crime investigation is offered at the undergraduate level, while the master’s in economic crime management is offered online. The college, home to both the Economic Crime Institute and the Center for Identity Management and Information Protection (CIMIP), offers an entire suite of related programs, including criminal justice, cybersecurity and information assurance, and new this January, an online master’s degree in criminal justice administration.

The conference, held at the Bolger Center in Potomac, Md., continues tomorrow with a keynote by Greg Farrell, Wall Street correspondent for The Financial Times. Formerly an investigative reporter for USA Today, Farrell authored a book, “Corporate Crooks: How Rogue Executives Ripped Off Americans … And How Congress Helped Them Do It.”

For more information about Utica College and its economic crime programs, visit