Robert Herndon Lecture

FBI Agent who was portrayed in "The Informant!" speaks at KU.


Event details

An FBI agent whose work on a major price-fixing case was portrayed in a recent movie is scheduled to speak at Kansas University on Dec. 1.

Robert Herndon is an agent with the White Collar Crime Squad in the Kansas City FBI Field Office. His work on price-fixing allegations at the Decatur, Ill.-based company Archer Daniels Midland became a book and later a movie, both called “The Informant!”

In the case, Mark Whitacre, an ADM executive, stepped forward to accuse the company of price-fixing and became involved in years of secret recordings for the FBI.

Later, however, the FBI learned that Whitacre — played by Matt Damon in the film — had been stealing money from the company.

“We thought we had our white knight,” someone who was interested in doing the right things for the right reasons, Herndon said.

But then they found that Whitacre had stolen more than $9.5 million from the company.

“There went our white knight,” he said.


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