West Virginia University College of Business and Economics Interim Dean Dr. William Trumbull will attend the 2009 Fraud and Forensic Accounting Education Conference July 9-11 in Las Vegas and will use the online social networking mode Twitter to connect with others.

Trumbull will send Tweets, messages limited to 140 characters, to present news from the conference, which is aimed at practitioners and academics in the field of forensic accounting, financial statement fraud, fraud risk assessment methodology and fraud examination.

WVU developed a graduate program in forensic accounting and fraud investigation and also received a National Institute for Justice grant to create guidelines for such programs across the country.

Trumbulls Tweets will be at http://twitter.com/BillTrumbull

Im hoping that by using Twitter and connecting through this social network, I can help reach a wider audience for our conference and let people know some of the major issues related to fraud,he said.

Already, Trumbull has posted to his account some lesser-known facts about fraud, such as:

* Since July 2002, a presidential task force has yielded 1,300 corporate fraud convictions, including 200 CEO /presidents, 120 vice presidents and 50 CFOs.

For the seventh year in a row, identity theft was the No. 1 source of consumer fraud complaints submitted to the Federal Trade Commission.


Twitter is a free social networking and micro-blogging service in which users send and read each othersupdates, known as Tweets. Tweets are brief, text-based posts displayed on the authors profile page and delivered to other usersknown as followerswho have subscribed to them.