Crowe Chizek Institutes Forensic Services & Investigations Practice
In response to a growing need for fraud-related services, Crowe Chizek and Company LLC has launched a Forensic Services & Investigations (FSI) practice. The launch of the FSI practice is an effort to align Crowe Chizek's fraud services under one umbrella - services that previously were provided to clients by different business units. Recently, the firm has provided fraud-related services to a broad array of clients, including financial institutions, an investment brokerage firm, a state agency, an equipment manufacturer, an IT training provider and a financial management and advisory company in areas including Albany, N.Y.; Chicago, Ill.; Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Indianapolis; Ind.; New York, N.Y.; and South Bend, Ind.
"By formalizing this full-scale practice, we're tapping into areas of expertise that have been developed as a result of Crowe Chizek's continued growth," said Crowe Chizek CEO Mark Hildebrand. "The FSI practice combines our financial and technology expertise with our depth of industry understanding and knowledge of the legal process. Our significant experience in the prevention, detection and investigation of fraud enables us to provide our clients proven expertise and results."
The firm's FSI services are directed toward financial institutions, dealerships, and government, healthcare and not-for-profit agencies and other commercial entities. Services include risk management, forensic accounting, internal and external investigations, forensic technology, background and asset searches, and expert witness testimony.
Leading Crowe Chizek's FSI practice is Executive Mari Reidy, CPA, CFE, who has more than 11 years' experience in providing auditing, forensic accounting and investigative services. Joining Reidy is former Chicago FBI supervisory special agent Curtis Crawford, who has more than 27 years of criminal justice experience in areas including organized crime, public corruption, bankruptcy fraud, financial fraud and drug investigation.
"White-collar fraud is a serious and costly trend facing organizations of all sizes," said Reidy. "Our team works with clients to find ways to prevent fraud from occurring, conducts internal and external investigations and, if necessary, cooperates in the prosecution of those responsible for abuse. We're expanding this practice to address the growing issue of white-collar crime and to continue to find ways to help existing and potential clients curb the effects of these criminal acts."