Panel discussion at Troy Dothan tackles fraud in the Wiregrass

Published: Feb. 17, 2016 at 9:32 PM CST|Updated: Feb. 25, 2016 at 9:48 PM CST
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(Source: WSFA 12 News)
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DOTHAN, AL (WSFA) - A judge, attorneys, educators and law enforcement participated in a panel discussion to try to fight corruption and fraud in the Wiregrass.

The Troy University Dothan Campus hosted the seminar Wednesday.

The participants addressed who commits fraud, why the crime is committed and it's process.

Jury reactions, white collar criminal's state of mind, difficulties proving fraud, and eliminating fraud were some of the topics tackled during today's seminar.

"In respect to small businesses, they have got to look at their books. They have got to work closely with their CPAs, and they've got to put into place a system of checks and balances so they might be able to spot fraud or spot theft immediately," said Houston County Circuit Judge Larry Anderson.

Troy Dothan is establishing an entrepreneur center and an entrepreneurship curriculum. Officials plan to host more seminars in the future for students and community members.

"Its very important for businesses of all sizes, but especially small business owners to understand the risks they face with respect of fraud internally and externally," said Dr. Skip Ames, Troy Dothan College of Business Director.

The Troy Dothan Campus currently has an entrepreneur center, but a new building is in the works.

Officials are in the process of raising money for construction.

The new building will house the college of business and entrepreneurship center.

When construction will begin and how much the project will cost has not been determined.

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