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Yyyyyy x. yyyyyy

0000 xxxxxx xxxx , xxxx , xxxxx 00000


SSN: xxx-xx-xxxx

Country of Citizenship: United States


Core Competencies


MBA-Credentialed CPA, Financial Forensics/Investigations/Auditing, Financial Reporting and Analysis, Fraud, Compliance, Project Management, Strategic Quality Assurance Program Development, Client Relations, Liaison, Risk Management, Oral/Written Communication, Strategic Partnership/Alliance Development, Research, Cross-Functional Team Leadership, Process Improvement, Attention to Detail, Integrity, Strong Work Ethic


Professional Experience


MONTH 2012 - Present

Forfeiture Support Associates, LLC

Arlington, VA

Hours Worked per Week: N/A

Salary: N/A

Supervisor: N/A Phone: N/A May Contact: N/A

Senior Financial Forfeiture Specialist, United States Marshal Service, Brooklyn, NY

For the Complex Asset Unit of the Marshal Service deliver forensic expertise in multiple areas of criminal/civil cases, working collaboratively, nationally as well as internationally, with Deputy United States Marshals assigned as Asset Forfeiture Financial Investigators on criminal/civil cases being pursued by United States Attorneys.


Areas of expertise and experience include involvement in:

For a Ponzi Scheme/wire fraud/international situation, following site visit and interview with defendant, advised that business involved in Ponzi Scheme should not be taken into custody. Surfaced $40M mortgage outstanding and $70M in related claims filed by multiple parties; was valued by commercial real estate broker at $70-$100M after renovations. Additionally, successfully liquidated $4.1M investment account for $4M, representing 98% of stated value.


Dealt with tax fraud situation by identifying U.S. Government interest in private business at value of $112,835, not the $50,000 that was offered.


During money laundering investigative activities, participated in execution of restraining order on company in Syracuse, New York, and provided feedback within two days that organization had not generated sufficient revenues to continue operating and produced court report that substantiated findings. Also testified during DEA Grand Jury case regarding 25 companies that identified seven potential operating businesses and at least ten subjects/ten properties. Provided information concerning transactions involving ten businesses that indicated money laundering was potentially continuing to occur and involved at least four individuals connected to organized crime.

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Successfully investigated an outstanding money judgment of $650,000, which had been satisfied but processed incorrectly. Additionally identified a possible connection with a major financial management organization with the potentiality of providing restitution for a $10M case, and provided information on an organized crime-involved individual concerning 13 potential operating companies that could provide restitution for $10M outstanding judgment. Developed investigation plans concerning six money judgments from the Eastern District of New York.


While participating in human trafficking investigation, identified 35 individuals signing over checks from two building service companies to a single individual. Also, during Medicaid fraud case, demonstrated that certain companies had exaggerated their levels of negative financial conditions on internal financial statements. Was involved in investigating money laundering/Bitcoin usage/Absolute Poker activities, and performed valuation research on an International Internet gambling case.


MONTH 2006 - Present

Sotherland & Associates, LLC (Formerly Donald R. Sotherland & Associates, CPAs)

West Hartford, CT

Hours Worked per Week: N/A

Salary: N/A

Supervisor: N/A Phone: N/A May Contact: N/A


Effectively apply strengths in strategic planning, prioritization and project management in successfully meeting critical deadlines while maintaining highest level of quality; work collaboratively with large client base to assess objectives and provide insightful counsel, analysis and investigations.


Skillfully applied accounting expertise in recommending various procedures to daycare organization, saving two days in preparing organizational tax return; also implemented various systems for client school to assure compliance with Federal laws, which saved a day.


Have developed multiple skills in conducting interviews on various relevant topics; in one situation, after interviewing client regarding business dealings, discovered that client had conducted cash sales without reporting them; successfully convinced client that it would not be legal to file tax return without reporting sales. Also interviewed potential client with illegal immigrant boyfriend who had not paid taxes for 11 years and client continually responded to IRS notices to client s condominium by informing Post Office that she no longer lived in the condominium. During another interview with client/boyfriend, discovered that boyfriend lived with client full-time and not at the address on boyfriend s driver s license and other documents.


Also perform valuation services, including recent assignment of negotiating purchase of a public accounting practice with a purchase price that reflected retained business and company value.


Actively involved in various aspects of taxation; was successful in pursuing dismissal of IRS Criminal Investigation of client s offshore investments, served client in purchased practice to generate $1K-$5K in savings on tax returns, with five unsolicited written recommendations in 2009, three in 2008 and two in 2007. Successfully reduced IRS penalty from $341,742 to $7,320; reduced new client NY sales tax assessment from $25,781 to $731, and provided crucial advisement on sales and use tax issues as well as expensing versus capitalization.

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MONTH 2005 MONTH 2006

Tucker Mechanical

Meriden, CT

Hours Worked per Week: N/A

Salary: N/A

Supervisor: N/A Phone: N/A May Contact: N/A

Chief Financial Officer

For this $40-$80M wholly-owned construction subsidiary of a Fortune 500 company, held comprehensive responsibilities for managing all company financial objectives including subsidiary/corporate financial, Information Technology and Human Resources objectives as well as SEC/SOX compliance. Continually utilized outstanding analytical capabilities while investigating monthly closing processes, summarizing results and integrating efficiency improvement methodologies.


While overseeing accounting functions, steered analysis of monthly closing process; reduced time required from 15 to eight days, with the resultant $24,000 savings in 2006. Directed investigation into construction company Project Manager compensation plan and discovered manipulation of revenues as well as costs in order to generate larger bonuses. Expertly implemented array of system controls to reduce inaccuracies in inventory for a $30M work-in-process by $3,000,000. Additionally led re-engineering of Accounts Payable process, resulting in savings of $23,000 of incorrect proposed payments.


Diligently investigated various internal controls to identify fraudulent quarterly SEC and SOX compliance statements. Also assessed invoicing process and identified $253,000 that had not been invoiced; additionally discovered that timing for increased billings coincided with times that Project Managers would be awarded bonuses and that bill payments decreased at the same time, resulting in maximized bonus payments. Analyzed job costing process and surfaced inaccuracies/inefficiencies; activities resulted in reductions that saved organization $2,000 annually.


Conducted in-depth and insightful interviews with organizational management to surface crucial issues impacting production and bottom line profitability. Gained input from President/Vice President regarding organizational management processes including that company internal controls were inadequate but they had not developed any firm responses, also interviewed several Project Managers who clearly stated that they assigned costs of one project to others that were more profitable and that they did not have control of vendor invoicing.


Investigated purchase orders and discovered multiple discrepancies between orders from Project Manager and contractual factors/agreed-upon expenditures for various jobs. Also, pursued tax information reporting in response to unusual tax relationships and discovered $283,000 error in prior tax returns.

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MONTH 1999 MONTH 2005

J. Walter, Inc.

Windsor, CT

Hours Worked per Week: N/A

Salary: N/A

Supervisor: N/A Phone: N/A May Contact: N/A


Skillfully steered work performance of cross-functional team and was responsible for managing organizational financial/Information Technology/Human Resources activities. With a focus on accounting functions, skillfully analyzed monthly closing process, reducing process to four days from 15, with the resulting savings of $30,000 on annual basis. Also implemented monthly production of GAAP financial statements within nine months following completion of prior six-month statements and prior year audit, to assist in evaluation/correction of numerous operations.


Oversaw Accounts Receivable/Accounts Payable functions. Adroitly analyzed credit process following identification of unusually high outstanding days sales and discovered fraudulent practices; also successfully reduced outstanding days sales from 68 to 48, saving $40,000 on annualized basis. Identified expense report annual average savings of $23K and increased AP discounts by $500/month. Also analyzed budgeting/planning process to implement zero-based budget process, saving $4,000 annually, and performed effective cost accounting by analyzing standard costing process against inefficiencies, resulting in savings of $1,000/year.


Expertly managed multiple Human Resources-related activities including terminating salesman who was involved in additional side-business; also investigated IT Manager using company property for personal business and terminated individual, with no negative impact for company. Collaborated with Operations Manager in directing disciplinary conferences with Warehouse Supervisor, analyzed high warehouse turnover rates as part of process for reducing temporary staffing expenses, saving $20,000/year, and directed multiple changes in new employee orientation procedures.


Provided counsel/advisement regarding Information Technology issues, including investigating inventory adjustment savings to identify fraudulent adjustments and implement new warehouse system/monthly cycle counts that reduced write-offs $64K on a $1.5M inventory. Analyzed computer systems to remediate inefficiencies/associated costs and directed installation of LAN, resulting in annual savings of $36,000. Also oversaw enhancements to Proposed Enterprise Resource Planning system designed to maximize savings, analyzed computer system/telephone support contracts, realizing savings of $32K annually, and analyzed computer system access to improve workflow and save $20,000 annually. Additionally, in response to high costs, assessed telephone system and recommended installation of Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) system that resulted in annual savings of $12,000.


Was tasked to identify and assist with multiple inventory-related actions including redesigning of shipment recording processes to eliminate overcharges averaging $30,000/month from affiliate organization. Also steered merchandise returns from distributors in payment arrears and reduced inventory orders an average of $30K/month and inventory carrying costs by $12,000; consistently interacted with Operations Managers concerning cycle/annual physical counts.

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In response to interviews with various personnel, investigated claim by Sales Manager that President sped to sales meeting in effort to beat Marketing Manager; also was often contacted by warehouse personnel even when Operations Manager was available, to confidentially discuss actions by Sales personnel in taking items not ordered, and engaged in multiple confidential conversations with Customer Service personnel concerning efforts made by distributors/sales people to bypass organizational policies regarding free/demonstration items.


Contributions also included dealing with legal situations, including directing management of various legal cases to reduce exposure/costs which generated annual savings of $10,000; also investigated shipping activities in response to fine levied by FAA and designed/implemented new shipping procedures/processes that reduced fine from $25,000 to $7,000. Assisted organization by obtaining permission from Connecticut Labor Department to change payroll from bi-weekly to bi-monthly schedule; processed bi-weekly, then bi-monthly then monthly payroll.


Managed/reviewed all state and federal tax returns to assure accuracy as well as completeness, and reduced personal property tax assessment from $25,462 to $-0- on computers utilized by national sales force. Additionally, skillfully negotiated and restructured new banking arrangements that saved organization $12K annually.


MONTH 1996 MONTH 1999

Filomeno and Company

West Hartford, CT

Hours Worked per Week: N/A

Salary: N/A

Supervisor: N/A Phone: N/A May Contact: N/A

Certified Public Accountant

Successfully fulfilled audit/review/compilation/bookkeeping/consulting assignments for manufacturing, trucking, professional services, human services, healthcare, non-profit and government organizations.


Expertly analyzed sales/Accounts Receivable during electronics manufacturer audit, surfacing $30K in unrecorded sales; also analyzed financial filings with State of Connecticut of a non-profit organization while auditing housing authority to eliminate $10,000 in fines. Conducted investigation of managing partner being designated as beneficiary of company owner s life insurance policy, a violation of AICPA Code of Ethics. Also audited local fire department, Housing Authority and a non-profit behavioral health organization, and analyzed liabilities on a government manufacturing public accounting audit, identifying $30,000 in unrecorded liabilities.


Assisted local Senior Center by establishing array of documentation/records concerning general, operating and endowment funds; trained individuals in dealing with day-to-day duties/responsibilities. Skillfully converted client mainframe system to QuickBooks networked system, saving client $12K annually.

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Participated in numerous interviews with client personnel, including learning about such activities as the unethical actions of a client s earlier partner, and that the financial dealings of a local fire department included moving monies improperly while being condoned by community political leadership. Also, following an assessment/review of a local trucking organization, was told in confidence by an company partner that tires were being taken by insiders but that the partner could not obtain concurrence by client management to support a cost study due to a long-term relationship. A review of the trucking company indicated that personal items had been charged to organization.


Steered successful IRS audit of client that resulted in reduction of penalty and interest from $10,145 to $450, with only minimal expense to client. Analyzed a client s Connecticut sales/use tax audit and successfully reduced liability from $500,000 to $78,000, and assessed client s New Jersey sales/use tax audit, successfully gaining reduction to $38,000 from $145,000. Was responsible for filing multiple manufacturing sales tax recovery claims (AU739) and recovering amounts ranging from $2,500 to $35,235. Gained Research & Development credits for a bus company, trained staff on multiple aspects of sales tax audits for AU739 and offered a compromise on MA individual audit.


Prior experience details available upon request.




Utica College of Syracuse University

Master of Business Administration, Concentration in Economic Crime and Fraud Management, 2008

GPA: 3.7

Semester/Credit Hours: N/A


University of Connecticut

Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, Accounting Major


Semester/Credit Hours: N/A


Licensed Certified Public Accountant


Certified Fraud Examiner, 2011

Certified in Financial Forensics, 2010

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Spreadsheets: MS Excel, Lotus123, QuatroPro, Visicalc

Accounting Systems: COINS, Cognos, Hyperion, Tecsys Elite Series, Open Systems, Oracle, IMRS, McCormick and Dodge, QuickBooks, Peachtree, AceAudit, ATB, Business Ties

Word Processing: MS Word, WordPerfect and Wordstar

Graphics: MS PowerPoint, Harvard Graphics and Master Graphics

Programming: Focus, Basic, APL, SAS, COBOL, Assembler and Job Control Language

Desktop Publishing: Pagemaker, ClarisWorks

Electronic Mail: MS Outlook, CCMail, Groupwise

Groupware: Lotus Notes

Report Writers: Crystal Reports, FRx

Treasury: SunGard ICMS

Fraud: i2 Analyst s Notebook


Professional Affiliations


American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants

Association of Certified Fraud Examiners

International Association of Risk and Compliance Professionals

Sarbanes Oxley Compliance Professionals Association

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