Cryptocurrency Fraud Investigation Project with Questrom Professor Mark Williams

Mark T. Williams is a risk-management practitioner, academic and financial author with three decades of experience. His expertise includes risk management in banks, hedge funds, energy trading and utility companies. Specific focus areas include Fed monetary policy; corporate governance; business ethics; banking trading fraud and compensation practices; fraud detection and prevention, pension investments and return assessment; energy commodities risk measurement; precious metals trading and financial technology (Fintech), including virtual currencies and blockchain. Since 2002, he has been on the Finance Faculty at Boston University, teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels, and currently holds the academic rank of Executive-in-Residence/Master Lecturer.

Project Outline:

Project: Conduct research identifying and documenting fraudulent activities and/or conflicts of interest linked to the nascent cryptocurrency ecosystem including U.S. based exchanges, trading companies, banks and related businesses.

Problem: The rapidly growing and lightly regulated cryptocurrency industry has produced a lot of opportunities for fraudulent operators (e.g., exchanges, trading companies and businesses) to exploit promising blockchain technology and take advantage of unsuspecting investors and speculators.

Seeking a small team of committed BU graduate students to complete this project. Rising 2nd Year MBAs (international and domestic).


Internship Opportunities: There are five main researcher openings:

  1. Social Media and Web-based
  2. Whitepapers, Academic periodicals, books and legal Actions
  3. Business Structure and Capital Raise
  4. Forensic Accounting
  5. Regulation and Compliance

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