White Collar Crime and Tax Fraud Services
What Can We Do For You?
As investigative accountants, we play a significant role in the application of criminal statutes and in the sentencing phase of a trial. We can provide assistance not only in white-collar criminal cases, but also in cases of uncharged criminal conduct. Accountants can be used in assisting attorneys in matters collateral to a criminal proceeding, such as a government agency investigation or representing witnesses appearing before a grand jury.
To safeguard the attorney-client privilege, we are usually retained as "Kovel" accountants. In that capacity, the privilege granted to attorneys is extended to the accountant working under the lawyer's direction and in connection with the rendering of legal advice to the client.
When Do You Need a Forensic Accountant?
When any illegal act or case of fraud is suspected:
- Accounting irregularities
- Commercial bribery
- Money laundering
- Wire or mail fraud
- Securities and insurance fraud
- Bankruptcy and tax fraud
- Computer fraud
- Vendor or purchasing fraud
- Falsification of expenses
- Understatement of inventory
- Fictitious invoicing
- Bid rigging
Why Do You Need White Collar Crime/Tax Fraud Services?
As forensic accountants, we can assist attorneys in defending their clients. We know what it takes to get to the truth:
- Always look beyond common accounting issues
- Remain attentive to patterns of racketeering
- Know the important factors when it comes to sentencing guidelines
- Examine financial and source documents to ascertain existence and extent of fraudulent activity
- Restate financial statements for public filings
- Develop regulatory compliance strategies
- Develop expert reports
- Handle "eggshell" audits (challenging tax examinations)
Joel R. Podgor, CPA/CFF, CFE