Episode 217: Kevin Rust – WorldCom, Corporate Fraud

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Retired agent Kevin Rust served 29 years with the FBI. He spent most of his career in Mississippi in resident agencies out of the Jackson Division, including 13 years in a one person office. In this episode of FBI Retired case File Review, Kevin Rust reviews his initial investigation of WorldCom, at the time, the USA’s second largest long-distance telephone company. The company’s senior executives orchestrated a scheme to inflate earnings in order to maintain WorldCom’s stock price. It was a major corporate fraud accounting scandal.

During his Bureau career, Kevin Rust also had assignments in Chicago, Budapest, FBI Headquarters and Quantico. He was a crisis negotiator who responded to many incidents both domestically and internationally and taught negotiation concepts to hundreds of state, local and international officers. Kevin Rust, who prior to entering the FBI was a CPA with Price Waterhouse, currently works as a contractor for the FBI’s International Corruption Unit tracing money flows and identifying for seizure assets purchased with money stolen by foreign kleptocrats. Kevin was previously interviewed in Episode 091 and Episode 117 regarding civil rights matters.

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