Cynthia Cooper (accountant)

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Cynthia Cooper is an American accountant who formerly served as the Vice President of Internal Audit at WorldCom. In 2002, Cooper and her team of auditors worked together and often at night and in secret to investigate and unearth $3.8 billion in fraud at WorldCom.[1][2][3] At the time, this was the largest incident of accounting fraud in U.S. history.

Since leaving MCI, Cooper started her own consulting firm. In addition, Cooper speaks to professionals as well as high school and college students to share her experiences and lessons learned.

Cooper's book about her life and the WorldCom fraud, Extraordinary Circumstances: The Journey of a Corporate Whistleblower,[4] was published in 2008. Profits from the book were given to universities for ethics education.[5]

Cooper previously worked for the Atlanta offices of public accounting firms PricewaterhouseCoopers and Deloitte & Touche.

Cooper earned her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Mississippi State University and a Master of Science in Accountancy from the University of Alabama. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in Georgia, Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).[6] Cooper was named one of three "People of the Year" by Time magazine in 2002.[7]

Cooper maintains an office in Brandon, Mississippi. She married Lance Cooper in 1993; they have two children, Stephanie and Anna Katherine.[2][6]


  1. Pulliam, Susan; Deborah Soloman. "How Three Unlikely Sleuths Exposed Fraud at WorldCom: Firm's Own Employees Sniffed Out Cryptic Clues and Followed Hunches". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2008-11-08.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 Ripley, Amanda (2002-12-30). "The Night Detective". Time. Retrieved 2008-04-06.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Cooper, Cynthia. Extraordinary Circumstances: The Journey of a Corporate Whistleblower. Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. ISBN 978-0-470-12429-1. Retrieved 2008-04-06.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Extraordinary Circumstances: The Journey of a Corporate Whistleblower". Retrieved May 2, 2008.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "CYNTHIA COOPER WORLDCOM WHISTLE BLOWER". Retrieved Nov 8, 2008.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. 6.0 6.1 Cynthia F. Cooper, Marquis Who's Who, Reproduced in Biography Resource Center (fee). Farmington Hills, Michigan: Gale. 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-05.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. LACAYO, RICHARD; AMANDA RIPLEY (2002-12-30). "Persons Of The Year". Time. Retrieved 2008-04-06.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>


  • Cooper, Cynthia Extraordinary Circumstances: The Journey of a Corporate Whistleblower (2008) Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 978-0-470-12429-1
  • "The Interview". Time. 2002-12-30. Retrieved 2008-04-06.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • "Cynthia Cooper: WorldCom". Public Concern at Work (PCaW) - Whistleblowers. Retrieved 2008-04-06.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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"Cynthia Cooper chronicles her experience during the rise and fall of WorldCom in her book 'Extraordinary Circumstances.'"