Halliburton whistleblower, accountant Anthony Menendez to speak at Principia

Anthony Menendez
Anthony Menendez

ELSAH — Anthony Menendez, the whistle-blowing accountant who took on Halliburton and won, will speak at Principia College on March 30.

Menendez, whose speech begins at 8 p.m. in Wanamaker Hall, will be the Ernie and Lucha Vogel Moral Courage Lecturer. The event is open to the public.

People may purchase tickets at the door, $15 for the public and $10 for alumni, retirees, and Gold & Blue members. Admission is complimentary for Principia students, faculty, staff, official retirees and their immediate family members.

While working as an accountant at Halliburton, Menendez discovered questionable accounting practices at the company and realized executives were knowingly violating Securities and Exchange Commission rules.

Ultimately, he brought a claim against Halliburton for violating his rights under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, and despite having no formal legal training, he represented himself during the appeals process.

After a 9-year legal battle, he ultimately prevailed in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the results of his case had a significant impact on that body of law, a Principia press release says.

In recognition of ethical leadership, integrity, and distinguished service in the public interest, Menendez was honored with both the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners’ Sentinel Award and the Accounting in the Public Interest Award from the Center for Accounting Ethics, Governance and the Public Interest.

The Halliburton case received wide publicity, and Menendez was interviewed by The New York Times, Bloomberg, ProPublica, National Public Radio’s Marketplace, The CPA Journal, and Fraud Magazine, among other large media organizations.

John Yemma, editor-at-large for The Christian Science Monitor, will moderate the discussion.

The talk will also be broadcast live on Principia Internet Radio.

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