I focus on solving and preventing all problems related to fraud. This can mean various things depending on the type of client and what they’re looking to achieve. I help federal, state, and local governments investigate public corruption and conflicts of interest and also business owners quantify embezzlement losses for insurance claims. I also spend time performing “fraud check-ups” to proactively test for fraud and provide internal control recommendations, using data analytics to assist in class-action RICO lawsuits, and identifying fraud to support and/or defend shareholder oppression claims.
Nicknamed “the Batman of Accounting” by my peers, I’m rarely credited publicly for my success due to the confidential nature of my engagements. However, I have extensive experience in performing forensic investigations, data analytics, and fraud-focused internal control reviews, with the team performing over 150 engagements annually. My engagements span all industries; although, serving as our public sector practice leader, I spend at least 25% of my time serving governments as well as K-12 and higher education institutions.
I’m professionally trained in a variety of interviewing and interrogation methods, reviewing financial records, researching persons’ backgrounds online, and analyzing supporting documentation for anomalies. My work has resulted in dozens of criminal convictions, tens of millions of dollars in civil judgments, and many employee dishonesty/fidelity claims paid by insurance companies to victim organizations.
I’m a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, the AICPA, and the MICPA, where I currently serve as the vice chair of the Forensic Accounting Task Force. I earned my B.S. and my M.S. in accounting from Michigan State University.
My wife and I love traveling. Once upon a time, I was a thrill seeker who went skydiving, white water rafting, and cliff jumping. These days I’ve slowed down, preferring a hike with a beach to relax on. One of my favorite hidden gems is the Keweenaw Peninsula in Michigan’s “U.P.”, where we spend time every summer.