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Diary of a White Collar Criminal Paperback – April 23, 2015
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"Required reading for every financial professional."
- Hank Shea, former federal prosecutor and Senior Distinguished Fellow, University of St. Thomas School of Law
"This book puts you in the author's Everyman shoes, and forces you to answer questions like, 'Could this really happen to me?' It's an absolute must read."
- Rob Dircks, author of The Wrong Unit
"I think 'Diary of a White Collar Criminal' should be on the reading list of every business leader."
- Stephen Rentfrow - Executive Corporate Trainer and nationally syndicated columnist, the Business Journal
About the Author
Jerome Mayne hails from a small catholic farming community in East Central Minnesota. Other than finishing high school 1985, he hasn't really completed much else. At one point, he secured a 21 month prison sentence and didn't even finish that (time off for good behavior).
Since high school, he had a kid, got married, had another kid, got divorced, went to prison, got out, had another kid, had cancer, lived, and then got married again.
Somewhere in the middle, he entered the world of real estate finance. A few years after electing himself CEO of the two companies he founded, the wheels came off and his world dropped to the bottom of society. He was arrested for his involvement in a white collar conspiracy that stemmed from his entrepreneurial climb.
Adversity, some self imposed and some not, has trailed him throughout much of his life. Surviving cancer, while in prison was probably the most challenging. Needless to say, he has a few stories to tell.
He is now a highly sought after keynote speaker on the topics of ethics in the workplace, fraud, white collar crime, and overcoming adversity. In short, he helps people make the right decisions, and stay out of prison.
Now, an international keynote speaker, he has worked with groups such as, the National Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, Wells Fargo, FannyMae, Met Life as well as other Fortune 500 companies.
He has written over two dozen articles for business publications and has appeared on national media programs sharing his life experiences.
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Diary of a White Collar Criminal tells the tale -- yes, literally in diary form -- of Mr. Mayne's personal experience of mortgage business impropriety, the trial process, two-year incarceration, and ultimately freedom. (As well as an epilogue describing his speaking career of helping others in business explore ethical questions -- and avoid his fate.) Written in a very straightforward style, the book makes it easy to put yourself in his everyman shoes, and ask questions like "What would I do in this situation?" and "Could this really happen to regular people like me?"
And surprisingly, it also offers a genuine kind of hope -- that though the world can most definitely throw the book at you, perhaps unfairly, life goes on, and as long as we learn from our trials, use those trials as fuel for doing something positive, we give our lives meaning and hope.
Finally, I applaud Mr. Mayne for sharing such a humbling story, and doing his part to make the world a better place. Bravo, Mr. Mayne.
[I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.]
Mayne's very readable diary of his experience in the criminal justice system provides a candid, sometimes painful exploration of the consequences of criminal conduct. His lessons learned serve as a powerful warning to others who might someday be tempted to engage in the same type of bad and then horrible decision-making that led to his prosecution and conviction.
Unfortunately, the same type of willfully blind, deceitful mortgage-related conduct from the 1990's highlighted in Mayne's book repeated itself much more harmfully, culminating in the 2007-2008 financial crisis from which we are still suffering. And very recently, we see that at least one financial institution continued to engage in wide-scale deceit involving their customers. So Mayne's lessons still need learning! Therefore, I highly recommend this book to anyone, but particularly those working or contemplating work for financial institutions or in the mortgage industry.
Distinguished Senior Fellow
University of St. Thomas School of Law
This book should be mandatory reading for every high school student in the country.
What I like about this book is the insight provided by Mr. Mayne about the transformations in life and how subtle small invitations can lead us to deviate from our ethical values. Jerome makes some accommodations early in life that do not seem consequential but end up with major consequences. I am particularly impressed with the overarching learning curve from denial (no big deal), acceptance (okay I had responsibility here), to ‘now what’ (where do I go from here).
I am glad he had the foresight to keep a diary, his spouse kept letters, and he was willing to share his personal learnings with the rest of society.
I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
William A. Sommers, PhD
Retired principal, leadership coach, author