We are frequently called upon by businesses to conduct internal investigations into allegations or suspicions of corrupt or fraudulent conduct by employees. We rely upon our team of attorneys, forensic accountants, research analysts, field investigators and computer forensics experts to staff these assignments, and we work collaboratively to develop an investigative plan that is appropriate to the suspected misconduct.
We typically employ a phased approach to internal investigations, with budgetary parameters for each phase. The scope and focus of successive phases are determined in consultation with you, and our strategy going forward is dictated by the findings in each phase. Since most of our investigative professionals have had experience in federal, state and local law enforcement—as prosecutors, auditors and agents—our strategies are developed with an understanding of the evidence that may be needed to support an eventual criminal prosecution.
In addition, because we have years of experience in the private sector, we are equally sensitive to matters of confidentiality and public perception. When an investigation becomes public, it is critical that every effort is made to protect your organization from reputational damage. With input from strategic partners with experience in such matters, we often assist in developing an appropriate public response to inquiries regarding the suspected misconduct.