Former Director Tom Wheeler is on trial, charged with several counts of fraud, misconduct in office and conspiracy. Wheeler has pleaded not guilty to the charges. His defense focuses on his lack of experience, being a bad student in college, and not taking an accounting or law class.
1. Why was Mr. Wheeler charged with fraud?
2. From everything you have read, how do you believe he may have committed fraud or benefitted from his position? Discuss his defense. Is it plausible?
3. Explain some of the internal controls mentioned in the case that were violated, beginning with the hiring of Mr. Wheeler.
Boshart, R. (2011). Tom Wheeler wanted to leave Iowa Film Office, brother testifies. The Gazette, August 24 (Retrievable online at http://thegazette.com/2011/08/24/tom-wheeler-wanted-to-leave-iowa-film-office-brother-testifies/)
WHO-TV Staff. (2011). WHEELER TRIAL: Minnesota filmmaker Wendy Weiner Runge Testifies During Tom Wheeler’s Fraud Trial. MSNBC.com, August 24 (Retrievable online at http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/44258762/ns/local_news-des_moines_ia/t/wheeler-trial-minnesota-filmmaker-wendy-weiner-runge-testifies-during-tom-wheelers-fraud-trial/)
KCCI.com Staff (2011). Film Office Director Talks Experience, Budgets, More. KCCI.com, August 24 (Retrievable online http:// www.kcci.com/news/28961656/detail.html)
Staff (2011). Blouin: Former film office manager not qualified. Chron.com, August 26 (Retrievable online at http://www.chron.com/news/article/Blouin-Former-film-office-manager-not-qualified-2142472.php ).