Michael Woodford, the former president and CEO of Olympus who was fired after he launched an investigation of the Japanese company’s suspicious overpayments for acquisitions, received an award Monday from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

Woodford was presented with the Cliff Robertson Sentinel Award, named after the actor who exposed a high-ranking producer’s Hollywood fraud scheme despite the threat to his own career. Speaking at ACFE’s annual fraud conference, Woodford described how he learned of the fraud and confronted Olympus’s powerful chairman Tsuyoshi Kikukawa and vice president Hisashi Mori with the information.

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