The Software Industry Conference website notes: "The Shareware Industry Awards were conceived by Michael Callahan aka Dr. File Finder at the time of the first shareware conference – as a means to focus attention on the shareware industry. Michael felt that while the conference would help shareware authors in general, an awards ceremony "like the Academy Awards" would benefit the shareware industry as a whole. In 2010, Callahan pleaded guilty to embezzling $167,000 from the Shareware Industry Awards Foundation. He was given a 10-year suspended sentence and ordered to pay restitution.
- "Man accused of embezzling from nonprofit pleads guilty", The News-Examiner (Gallatin, Tennessee) 22 Dec 2010, Page GA1
- Shareware Industry Awards at the Shareware Industry Awards Foundation at the Wayback Machine (archived August 11, 2010)
- Software Industry Conference