Kenneth C. Citarella is a senior managing director for the Investigations and Cyber Forensics practice. He joined Guidepost Solutions in 2010 as a project manager to investigate fraudulent claims for the Gulf Coast Claims Facility in its administration of the $20 billion BP compensation fund. In that capacity, Mr. Citarella supervised 300 professionals, including more than 200 field investigators. Nearly 18,000 claims were referred for investigation; many involved the financial analysis of a claimant’s business operations, including numerous construction-related entities. The project team wrote thousands of fraud reports which were described by an official of the U.S. Department of Justice as the finest body of investigative work he had ever seen.
Mr. Citarella manages several of the integrity monitorship projects Guidepost Solutions performs for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the New Jersey Department of Transportation. Using a team of attorneys, forensic accountants and investigators, Guidepost Solutions monitors all aspects of major public works construction projects to prevent fraud, waste and abuse. Mr. Citarella was also part of the Guidepost Solutions Integrity Monitor team in the New York City Rapid Repair program overseeing Superstorm Sandy-related reconstruction on Staten Island. Guidepost Solutions monitored residential repairs from initial assessment through final walk through, documenting work order authorizations and variances between authorized work and actual performance, permitting New York City to properly evaluate invoices and satisfactory performance by contractors.
Prior to joining Guidepost Solutions, Mr. Citarella worked with a commercial litigation law firm and the Corporate Investigations Division of Prudential.
Mr. Citarella had a distinguished 28-year career as a white-collar and computer crime prosecutor in the Westchester County, New York District Attorney’s Office, which he concluded as Deputy Chief of the Investigations Division. He prosecuted investment frauds, larcenies, embezzlements, anti-trust violations, public corruption, forgeries and many other economic crimes. A pioneer in computer crime prosecution, Mr. Citarella obtained convictions for computer intrusions, malicious software attacks, a software time bomb, spamming, digital child pornography, and the use of the Internet for child exploitation, among other cases.
In addition to his affiliations and designations, Mr. Citarella frequently lectures before professional, legal, academic, corporate and community groups on computer crime and fraud related issues. In 2011, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the High Technology Crime Investigation Association.