Sam E. Antar to discuss white-collar crime April 1

Former Crazy Eddie’s CFO recounts his criminal past during Saunders College event

March 25, 2015
by Marcia Morphy
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The mastermind of one of the largest white-collar securities frauds of all time, reformed convicted felon Sam E. Antar, will visit Rochester Institute of Technology to discuss the dangers of fraud, how thieves prey upon the weaknesses of others, and to answer some really tough questions.

The former Crazy Eddie’s Chief Financial Officer will offer some straight talk on his life as an economic predator from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, in the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences auditorium. Free and open to the public, the event is sponsored by Saunders College of Business and The Next Generation of Accountants (NGA) accounting club.

During the 1980s, Crazy Eddie Antar was coined by U.S. Attorney Michael Chertoff as “The Darth Vader of Capitalism.” During his public appearances, Antar offers no self-apologies, self-pity or self-promotion. But he does offer insight into the heart of combating white-collar fraud.

“As a criminal, I used every tool I knew to gain my objectives,” Antar said. “I took advantage of people’s weaknesses, niceties, etc., in any way I could. I could be any person I had to be for any situation. I hope by publicly exposing my own past criminal misdeeds that others will use them as an example of how to avoid future frauds.”

Parking for the Sam Antar event is available in J Lot. For more information, email or contact Professor Roberta Klein, adviser of Saunders College NGA club, at 585-475-6838, or

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