County Auditor Blackburn, State’s Attorney Glasgow present fraud prevention seminar

May 28

JOLIET – Will County Auditor Duffy Blackburn and Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow invite local government and school district supervisors, department heads and managers to a free seminar that will help them prevent, identify, report and prosecute instances of government fraud.

The seminar will take place at 1:30 p.m. on June 13 in the County Board Room at the Will County Office Building, 302 N. Chicago St. in downtown Joliet.

“We need to take every step possible to protect taxpayer funded resources and to make certain they are managed property and efficiently,” said Auditor Blackburn. “This seminar will teach managers in local municipalities and school districts established best practices for recognizing, reporting and reducing cases of government fraud.”

State’s Attorney Glasgow said: “The overwhelming majority of government employees perform their work in the best interest of our taxpayers, but it is imperative that we remain vigilant so that we can identify instances of government theft and fraud when they arise.  I am pleased to work with County Auditor Duffy Blackburn on a program that will put important information into the hands of government managers in Will County.”

Mary O’Connor from Sikich LLP, one of the nation’s leading CPA firms will make the presentation.  She will discuss common fraud schemes that impact government as well as ways to recognize and report these incidents. Part of her presentation will involve how to establish a fraud prevention system in a municipality or school district.

O’Connor has more than three decades of experience in investigative accounting and forensic technology. She has been called upon for her expertise in large cases related to the 9/11 attack, and she has conducted countless fraud investigations for both publicly traded and privately held companies as well as for municipal units of government and school districts.

There is no cost to attend this seminar. For more information or to reserve your seat, please RSVP by June 7 to Cathy Pleasant in the Will County Auditor’s Office at (815) 740-8358 or at