picpa student writing competition
Michael Zaydon ’12 won the top award in the 2012 Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) Student Writing Competition for his essay, “From Cheating to Fraud: The Need for a Paradigm Shift in Higher Education as the Way to Curb Financial Statement Fraud.”
“Ten years after the passage of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, fraud continues to be a major issue for the public sector,” Mr. Zaydon explained. “In addition, cheating is a growing problem in colleges, and studies have shown a tie between students who cheat in school and professionals who commit fraud in the workplace. This paper provides a potential solution to both problems, not through additional costly regulation, rather by engraining ethics into college curricula to modify behavior.” For his scholarly contribution to his profession, Mr. Zaydon received a $3000 award from PICPA and his essay will be published in the Pennsylvania CPA Journal.