Accounting Fraud and Corporate Theft
Two serious issues that can cause exposure to federal enforcement action are accounting fraud and corporate theft. On top of that, they can result in immediate financial and reputational harm. Our corporate investigations team represents corporations nationwide in revealing and remedying these and other like issues.
Companies have little choice but to place their trust in their staff members. Business owners, managers, and human resources (HR) departments do put their best efforts into screening job candidates and hiring individuals with integrity who have demonstrated that they are well-qualified for the job at hand. Nonetheless, even the best hires can go wrong, and once-trusted workers at every level of the organization can suddenly leave companies with little choice but to take legal action to protect themselves.
This is the world of accounting fraud and corporate theft. As multi-billion-dollar accounting fraud schemes that involve hedge funds and major public companies make front page news, these issues can affect companies large and small across all industries. Problems usually arise suddenly, and the repercussions are often both rapid and painful.
At Spodek Law Group, our attorneys handle accounting fraud and corporate theft cases on behalf of companies across the United States. When details about accounting fraud are revealed, when a whistleblower lodges a complaint, or when you find out that an employee has robbed the company of its assets, moving forward with a swift and effective response can be crucial to mitigating the potential harm. In numerous cases, it can also be critical for preventing the problem from drawing federal enforcement action. TheInternal Revenue Service (IRS), U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and a multitude of other federal agencies all have authority over federal matters that can come out of cases of employee misconduct.
Engaging Outside Counsel to Investigate Accounting Fraud
Accounting fraud can happen many different ways, and there are myriad reasons why an employee may want to falsify or misrepresent corporate financial data. Since employees who deal in fraudulent accounting practices usually do so for their own personal gain, the repercussions of their fraudulent practices have the potential to reverberate throughout the corporate organization.
We perform independent accounting fraud investigations on behalf of investment firms, financial institutions, hedge funds, accounting firms, and corporations that are public and privately held. We handle investigations that probe into the employee conduct at all levels of our clients’ organizations, and we have the expertise and experience required to reveal all kinds of fraudulent accounting practices. Working in collaboration with our senior attorneys, our team also includes forensic experts, investigators and auditors – many of whom have previously held positions as highly-ranked agents with the FBI, IRS, and other federal agencies.
Accounting fraud activities are becoming more and more sophisticated, and employees who are knowledgeable in how to perpetrate fraud schemes can cash in handsomely at their employer’s expense. We carry out investigations at the corporate level involving all sorts of accounting fraud activity, such as:
Outside Counsel for Investigations to Reveal Corporate Theft
Corporate theft can affect all types of tangible and intangible assets; and, here also, activities carried out to misappropriate corporate assets appear to be increasing in sophistication from one year to the next. Corporate theft that targets financial accounts and intellectual property can eliminate millions of dollars in value in a moment, and companies need to react immediately in order to preserve any hopes of recovering those assets.
Because of their sensitive nature, internal investigations targeting corporate theft must be executed with strict confidentiality. We liaise with our clients’ proprietors, board members, executives, in-house counsel, and other relevant individuals as appropriate to reveal corporate theft schemes such as:
Accounting Fraud and Corporate Theft can Trigger Federal Law Enforcement Investigations
In addition to our representation of corporate clients in internal investigations that uncover accounting fraud and corporate theft, we are also equipped to furnish representation for federal law enforcement investigations brought on by employees’ dishonest activity. This encompasses investigations that federal agencies initiate on their own accord and also investigations caused by whistleblower claims. In each matter, we work collaboratively with our clients to identify the relevant issues, come up with a strategy for evading federal litigation, and prevent the investigation from end up in additional unnecessary consequences.
Some examples of the sorts of federal law enforcement investigations our lawyers have the capacity to handle coming out of instances of accounting fraud and corporate theft include:
Why Do Our Clients Nationwide Choose Spodek Law Group?
From our headquarters in Texas, our law firm maintains a national investigations practice. Our client roster includes companies of all sizes across the United States. Our lawyers have collectively dealt with thousands of investigations and federal law enforcement cases. These are five good reasons why companies all over America choose Spodek Law Group for investigations involving accounting fraud and corporate theft:
Our team is composed primarily of former federal prosecutors and federal agents who pack centuries of collective federal investigative experience to work with our clients in accounting fraud and corporate theft investigations. We combine our team’s deep understanding of federal investigative tactics with our in-depth knowledge of the practicalities of the corporate world to perform investigations that are exhaustive, efficient, and focused particularly on rounding up the information our clients require to make informed and strategic choices.
Our lawyers and former federal agents have dealt with countless investigations in which our clients (or the businesses being targeted by the federal government) have had a whole lot to lose. We are equipped to give our clients actionable advice and take decisive action when and where our clients rely on us the most. We treat our clients’ company investigations with the same need of immediacy that our clients bring themselves, and we work hard to quickly gather the information needed to execute immediate following steps and help our clients protect themselves for the long-run.
In the federal defense realm, a great deal of our experience is in the area of whistleblower claim litigation. If you found out about allegations of accounting fraud only after a whistleblower claim was lodged, or if a whistleblower claim has suddenly piled on another layer to your company’s response to existing allegations of theft or fraudulent misrepresentations, we can employ our experience to protect you. We will liaise with the federal agency overseeing the government’s investigation to attempt to prevent their intervention. If that is not a possibility, or if the whistleblower opts to bring an independent civil claim, we can provide your company defense representation in federal district court.
In addition to federal whistleblower cases, we have long running experience in handling investigations launched directly by federal agencies. Our experience informs our investigations practice, and it gives us unique insights into the interplay between internal investigations and federal law enforcement issues. If your business is at risk for civil or criminal federal law enforcement consequences because of a staff member’s accounting fraud or corporate theft, we can furnish full-service representation for every aspect of your company’s response and defense.
Here at Spodek Law Group, we take a comprehensive approach to uncovering corporate fraud. We employ trial-tested tactics and strategies, and we work tirelessly to bring matters to a successful close. We can get to the heart of the issue, and we can make certain the damage your company incurs is as minimal as possible. We also can assist you in seeking coverage under your fidelity or employee dishonesty policy. If the outcome of the matter is a federal inquiry, we can protect you and your business against prosecution on civil or criminal federal charges.
If you require legal counsel for a situation involving accounting fraud or corporate theft, the importance of acting fast cannot be overstated. Our lawyers, investigators, and consultants are at your service and can take action on your matter 24/7. We can start counseling you on what action will need to be taken to protect your company right away.
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