Internal and External Investigations
Need to conduct an important internal
investigation? Are whistleblower protection issues involved under
the Sarbanes Oxley Act, the False Claims Act, the Dodd-Frank Wall
Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act or other federal statutes?
Is a high ranking officer or corporate officer implicated?
There are times
when an investigation must be done by a professional and be kept
confidential. Only an attorney can provide the protection of the
attorney-client privilege. An attorney who is a Certified Fraud
Examiner and Certified Controls Specialist offers an additional dimension of professionalism and
There are times when it is important that
everyone involved believes that a truly independent investigation
has taken place: "Finally, I would suggest that the company consider
conducting an independent internal investigation -- and I stress the
term 'independent,' in definition as well as spirit." - From speech
by Cynthia A. Glassman, Commissioner, U.S. Securities and Exchange
Commission, London, England, March 2, 2005.
We follow industry standard
investigatory procedures including questioning witnesses, taking
statements, confessions, and providing an investigative report.
When case is not right for
the internal auditing department and outside expertise is needed, consider hiring an
experienced business lawyer and certified fraud examiner as your
internal investigation. More on
Sarbanes Oxley Investigations . . .
Sometimes the only method of
thoroughly investigating financial fraud is by using the subpoena
and discovery powers of the court with the assistance of a
specialist. If you are considering litigation, hire an experienced
business lawyer who is a certified fraud examiner.