Orlando Certified Forensic Accountant | Video Transcription
Orlando Certified Forensic Accountant – Video Transcription
“More than 25 years ago, I began my own practice. I decided that what I wanted to do was to be an independent CPA, and work in the area of financial forensics, because I liked the challenge. I also liked the fact that each one is unique, and it’s just the kind of thing that I absolutely love doing.
Being certified in financial forensics means that one, as a professional, has attained a certain level of experience and training. It’s a designation that’s given by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
I think, though, what distinguishes me from most CPAs is my background and experience. I am a CPA, a Certified Fraud Examiner, and certified in financial forensics. In addition to that, my work experience with the Internal Revenue Service, as well as my work experience since I’ve had my own business, in working cases on the defense side, and being an expert in state and federal courts. Having someone with my background and experience having done the work on the other side is an invaluable aid in doing the best that can be done for the client.
I handle many different kinds of cases. I think the first category would probably be IRS representation, criminal investigations, as well as IRS audits. I also work a lot in the area of the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program, business divorces, any sort of shareholder disputes, money laundering, any kind of fraud, and expert testimony as well.
For the most part, my clients are attorneys who are representing individuals in some sort of forensic matter. I have worked with attorneys from many different parts of the country, from the East Coast to the West Coast and north to south. I do not have to just work in the Central Florida area. I can work anywhere in the US.
When I’m working under the auspices of an attorney, that provides the attorney-client privilege coverage that is typical very desirable to have. Most of the work that I do is with attorneys on that basis. To a lesser extent, I do work directly with individuals. The general public can call me. We can talk about the case. I can ask a lot of questions, get an idea of what the case is about, what might be involved. Then, we can make a decision whether or not it would be appropriate for me to get involved on my own or whether it would be more appropriate to get an attorney involved first.”