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US Naval Professor to Address Fraud Schemes on Internet

CIMIP Hosts Talk; Open to Community

Written By Christian Bochicchio '12, PR Intern

Professor, author to discuss internet technology and white collar crime


Utica, NY (04/18/2011)
- Dr. Heath “Hank” Brightman, associate research professor in the War Gaming Department of the United States Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, will speak at Utica College on Monday, April 25.

In his presentation, "Playing with Fire: Evolving Fraud Scams on the Internet," Brightman will discuss the relationship between information technology and white collar crime, as well as major financial crimes such as money laundering, check fraud, access device fraud and identity theft.

The lecture is presented by the Center for Identity Management and Information Protection (CIMIP) of Utica College. It will begin at 7 p.m. in the Economic Crime, Justice Studies and Cybersecurity Auditorium, and is free and open to the community.

Brightman will provide insight on one of the most creative yet prevalent scams in existence today. Perpetrators of the advance fee fraud contact their targets by mail, phone, fax, or email to solicit a payment in advance on the promise of wealth, gifts, prizes or employment. This type of scam originated in the 1980s under the successive governments of Nigeria, and is also commonly referred to as a “419 fraud” because Section 419 of the Nigerian Penal Code prohibits this activity.

Brightman is also the director for applied research and analysis at the Naval War College. He is highly regarded for his non-traditional approach to teaching complex subjects such as criminology, corruption control, social science research methods, biological and chemical warfare threat assessment, and the application of game theory to irregular warfare. He is widely published in peer reviewed journals and compendia. His most recent major work is entitled Today’s White-Collar Crime: Legal, Investigative, & Theoretical Perspectives (Routledge/Taylor & Francis, 2009).

Brightman previously served as an associate professor and chair of the criminal justice department at Saint Peter’s College from 2000 to 2008, and continues to serve as an adjunct faculty member at several undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral-level institutions. In addition, he previously spent fifteen years in a variety of law enforcement, investigative, and intelligence analysis positions with the U.S. Department of the Interior and United States Secret Service. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1990, a master’s in criminal justice administration from Boston University in 1993, and a doctorate in educational administration and leadership from Seton Hall University in 2000.

For more information, contact Karen Kaleta in the office of economic crime, justice studies and cybersecurity at (315) 223-2432.