Course ID: SLLI1

ETHICS: Ex-CPA Ex-Big 4 Partner Scott London Shares His Downfall (1 to 4 hr)

A bIG 4 regional audit partner, Scott London had 500 people reporting to him, including 50 partners. At the pinnacle of a lifelong CPA career, it all came crashing down when he was arrested by the FBI. Recently released from prison London shares how an ethical CPA does unethical, illegal, acts.

  • Find out what’s more important than ethics. And the one question that would have stopped London cold.


An in-depth look into the mind of an ethical CPA who destroyed his career:

  • Detailed analysis of the many AICPA ethics rules London violated.
  • Detailed analysis of which new “Clarified Professional Ethics Standards” he would have violated had they been in effect, focusing on the new requirement to maintain confidentiality.
  • How background, family culture and personal pressure combined to cause the train wreck.
  • Why he slid down the slippery slope from regional partner.
  • Make friend – go directly to jail.
  • Did pressure at work contribute to his downfall?
  • The cost to his firm.
  • What it’s like to be an FBI target.
  • How he got caught.
  • How to decide to plead guilty or go to trial.
  • The reaction of London’s firm.
  • The devastation to his family.
  • How London surrendered his CPA license.
  • What it’s like to negotiate a plea with the US attorney.

CPAs in public practice, business and industry, managing partners, compliance officers, chief learning officers, risk managers, and regulators


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Group Live Webcast - 4 hour

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