Walter Forbes

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Walter Forbes (born 1942/43) is an American corporate executive and former Federal prisoner.

Walter Forbes
EducationHarvard Business School, Northwestern University and The Hill School
Known forCEO of CUC International and Cendant Corporation

He was prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of New Jersey and convicted of one count of conspiracy to commit securities fraud, and two counts of making false statements, for inflating reported incomes for the Cendant Corporation, when he was Chief Executive Officer of that company in the 1990s, and at its predecessor company CUC International.

On 2007 January 17, the 64-year-old Forbes was sentenced to over 12 years in prison, and ordered to make restitution amounting to $3.28 billion.[1] Former vice chairman E. Kirk Shelton was ordered to pay the same figure. Forbes was released from prison on July 20, 2018.[2]

One Department of Justice website[3] describes this as the largest restitution order ever imposed as of July 2007. It has since been overtaken by the $170 billion restitution order against Bernard Madoff in June 2009.

Walter Forbes has no relation to the Boston Forbes family or the family that owns and publishes Forbes magazine.[1]

He graduated from The Hill School (class of 1961), Northwestern University and Harvard Business School.[4]


  1. ^ a b "No Leniency For Walter Forbes". Forbes. Retrieved 2020-12-21.
  2. ^ "Inmate Locator". Retrieved 7 April 2019.
  3. ^ "Fact Sheet: President's Corporate Fraud Task Force Marks Five Years of Ensuring Corporate Integrity". Retrieved 2020-12-21.
  4. ^ "Walter A. Forbes". Retrieved 7 April 2019.