Meet Scott Moritz
Scott Moritz – President, White Collar Forensic LLC
Scott Moritz is the president of White Collar Forensic LLC, a boutique investigative, forensic accounting and compliance advisory firm providing turnkey investigative, financial analytical and compliance advisory services. Mr. Moritz served as an FBI Special Agent from 1986 to 1996 serving in the Memphis, Tennessee and New York City field offices. During his FBI tenure, he focused primarily on white collar crime, public corruption and money laundering investigations throughout the U.S. and internationally. His criminal investigative experience included bank fraud and embezzlement, fraud by wire, mail fraud, bribery, kickbacks, procurement fraud, payroll fraud, securities fraud, advance fee schemes, interstate theft and boiler room operations.
He has extensive experience in the evaluation and remediation of corporate compliance and ethics programs including those focused on anti-corruption, fraud risk management and anti-money laundering. He has led numerous AML and sanctions remediation projects for financial institutions including transaction lookbacks, Know Your Customer File remediations and sanctions screening scrubs for various types of institutions including retail banks, commercial banks, wholesale banks, investment banks, mutual funds and hedge funds. He has performed regulatory compliance, investigative and advisory work directly for numerous government and quasi-governmental agencies including the FBI, U.S. Marshall Service, U.S. Attorney’s Offices for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, New York District Attorney’s Office, Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, The State of Connecticut, The Town of Greenwich, Connecticut, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the United Nations.
As an FBI Special Agent, Mr. Moritz was involved in numerous criminal and civil forfeiture proceedings that included post-indictment restraining orders and the appointment of monitors. In several of those instances, Mr. Moritz participated in the monitor selection process along with the U.S Attorney’s Office. Mr. Moritz also worked closely with Court-appointed monitors when defendant companies were suspected of having violated the monitoring agreement, he investigated those cases and testified in various proceedings related to those investigations.
Subsequent to leaving the FBI, Mr. Moritz worked in support of the U.S. Attorney’s Offices in the Southern District of New York, Eastern District of New York and the New York County District Attorney’s Office in over 20 monitorships and receiverships arising from federal and state prosecutions of private sanitation companies charged with organized crime and money laundering violations related to traditional organized crime’s control over the private sanitation industry in the New York City metropolitan area. Mr. Moritz testified before the Westchester County New York Board of Legislators in a hearing that eventually led to a change in Westchester County law and the creation of the Westchester County Solid Waste Commission. After the creation of the Westchester County Solid Waste Commission, Mr. Moritz led a proposal team that was awarded a 3-year contract to conduct background investigations of solid waste permit applicants. He then oversaw each of the investigations performed on behalf of the Solid Waste Commission. Mr. Moritz was the lead executive of a monitorship arising from a case known as U.S. vs. The Spy Factory, Inc. which was charged with the illegal importation and sale of listening devices. Mr. Moritz led the Spy Factory monitorship for the full term of the monitorship through the company’s criminal conviction at which point the company was ordered to be shut down.
Upon leaving the FBI, he has worked for several top tier public accounting and risk consulting firms overseeing financial crime investigations of officer misconduct, bankruptcy fraud, securities fraud, bank fraud, kickback schemes, self-dealing, conflicts of interest, procurement fraud and theft of intellectual property. Most of the investigations he has led have been on behalf of publicly traded companies and their outside counsel and included substantive interaction with those organizations’ outside accounting firms, audit committees of the board of directors, regulatory and law enforcement agencies.
He is widely regarded as an expert in the performance and governance of internal investigations, forensic accounting analyses and regulatory compliance program remediation projects.
Mr. Moritz has authored and published nearly 200 articles, white papers and blogs, has appeared on CNBC, Bloomberg TV, Fox, MSNBC and CNN. He is a frequent contributor to compliance and white collar crime-themed publications and trade journals and has been quoted as an expert in white collar crime and corruption including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Miami Herald, and Washington Post. He is the host of the popular podcast series Fraud Eats Strategy.