James R. Murray is a senior managing director at Guidepost Solutions. He has more than 35 years of diversified auditing and forensic accounting experience and a distinguished 16-year career in law enforcement. Mr. Murray has successfully conducted and directed hundreds of complex fraud and litigation-related investigations in a wide range of industries. He develops investigative strategies, analyzes financial documents and interviews witnesses, and has testified as an expert witness at numerous trials and public hearings.
Mr. Murray has directed and conducted integrity monitorships for law firms, corporations, non-for-profit organizations and government agencies. Some of his noteworthy cases have included a high-profile bankruptcy fraud matter, several embezzlement investigations involving high-ranking corporate employees, the falsification of books and records in a major litigation matter, the tracing of assets in a multimillion-dollar fraud and money laundering scheme and the restructuring of the compliance program for a major healthcare provider.
Prior to joining Guidepost Solutions in 2005, Mr. Murray was a senior managing director Citigate Global Intelligence and Security’s financial investigation group. He also managed Pinkerton’s Consulting and Investigations New York office and oversaw its Financial Investigations Practice. Additionally, Mr. Murray was a senior managing director for Kroll Associates and founded its Financial Investigations Group. During his tenure with Kroll, he primarily focused on embezzlement investigations and financial irregularities including a $100 million “cooking the books” scheme; money laundering and tax fraud by a Russian business organization; an $85,000 hospital inventory theft; a $2.5 million fictitious billing scam by a chemical company’s senior vice president; and the submission of $8 million in erroneous charges by the former owners of a regional car rental agency.
Mr. Murray created Kroll’s Construction Risk Mitigation Services program to assist owners in addressing integrity issues pertaining to the construction process. He has developed an expertise in the prevention and detection of fraudulent and abusive construction practices and in the creation and implementation of integrity monitoring and compliance programs.
Previously, Mr. Murray was President of Forensic Accounting Services, PC, a litigation support and financial investigations firm that provided services to law firms for insurance loss analysis, partnership disputes, due diligence, asset tracing, and economic crime detection.
Mr. Murray’s law enforcement experience includes serving as Chief Auditor for the New York State Deputy Attorney General responsible for investigating fraud and abuse in the healthcare industry. He was the Chief Special Auditor for the New York State Commission of Investigation and oversaw fraud inquiries in state-funded programs and investigations of political corruption. Mr. Murray ended his law enforcement career after serving as Chief Forensic Accountant for a major New York metropolitan District Attorney’s Office. There he conducted investigations of bank embezzlements, thefts from charitable organizations, tracing of illegal drug sales proceeds and murder allegations.