Jerome Mayne, once a real estate lender found himself in a very bad predicament and ended up paying a high price for his actions
Is this you? You may be surprised to find out just how close many of us may be to taking a shortcut that could cost us dearly. Jerome talks about his story, what he learned and how it changed his life.
Read this excerpt from the diary. My First Day of Prison
Since graduating from high school in 1985, Jerome Mayne – a regular guy, had a kid, got married, had another kid, built a real estate investment company, got divorced, built a finance company, went to prison, got cancer, lived, got out of prison, had miracle child, and then he got married again.
Needless to say, he has a few stories to tell.
Jerome Mayne is one of the premier speakers on critical decision making in corporate America. With his dynamic message, he has moved and entertained hundreds of thousands of professionals both domestically and internationally. He inspires and motivates business men and women to trust their instincts and make the best decisions in life’s most difficult of situations.
Jerome shares his journey from an aspiring young entrepreneur with a new family to his participation in a white collar crime, real estate finance fraud conspiracy with a faction of con men. His voyage continues with a hurricane of FBI investigations, criminal court and finally, the complete loss of freedom that comes with a federal prison sentence.
Jerome also illustrates that even after the psychological collapse of falling from the graces of society, surviving life is a certainty for anyone.
Jerome has received top rankings for his keynotes from such varied groups as Fortune 500 Companies including Wells Fargo and Met Life to professional associations such as the Canadian Association of Accredited Mortgage Professionals and the California Society of CPA’s. At the annual conference of the National Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, Jerome was almost the highest rated conference speaker but came in second to the celebrity, Ben Stein.
As an author, Jerome’s book, Diary of a White Collar Criminal has been read by thousands. It is his personal diary of his life in the real world and behind bars. In it, you’ll find out if there really is a big guy named Bubba. As a columnist Jerome has written dozens of articles for business industry trade publications ranging from the Business Journal to the Alberta Mortgage Brokers Magazine.
The National Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) compiled a list of behavioral red flags from almost 1,000 case studies. Their research indicates that, to varying degrees, these behaviors were present in the fraud cases that they studied. If you exhibit some or all of these behaviors, you just might be a would-be felon.
Use your best Jeff Foxworthy voice and say each one of these aloud to see if they apply to you. Start by saying, “If you (insert red flag), you might be a criminal.”
- are living beyond your means
- have financial difficulties
- have a wheeler-dealer attitude
- have problems with control issues and are unwilling to share duties
- have had a divorce or other family problems
- have an unusually close association with vendor/customer
- are irritable, suspicious or defensive
- have addiction problems
- have past legal problems
- have past employment-related problems
- complain about inadequate pay
- refuse to take vacations
- have excessive pressure from within your organization
- your life circumstances are unstable
- have excessive family or peer pressure for success
- complain about lack your of authority
- have a roommate named Bubba
Ok, now take it easy, that last one was mine. These are red flags only! This is obviously, somewhat, tounge-in-cheek. However, I believe it’s usefulness is that, in general, an understanding of the behavioral characteristics of white collar professionals – those who may be most vulnerable to cross the line, will be helpful to you in your career.