Jonathan L. Newcomb has worked as an investigator for more than 20 years. His skills range from complex research analytics to conducting various aspects of field investigations, including interviewing witnesses and collecting and preserving evidence. Currently, Mr. Newcomb manages complex litigation support assignments, construction integrity monitorships, internal investigations of fraud, embezzlement and other violations, corporate integrity reviews and monitorships, and domestic and international complex due diligence for Fortune 500 companies, law firms, high-net-worth individuals, and governmental agencies. He has a particular expertise in developing and implementing investigative and monitoring plans that involve a variety of investigative resources and personnel.
Mr. Newcomb’s significant experience includes:
- Leading the Guidepost Solutions Integrity Monitorship of the Goethals Bridge Replacement Project, which includes the $1 billion construction of two new bridges and the demolition of an existing bridge connecting New Jersey and Staten Island.
- Managing the Guidepost Solutions Integrity Monitorship of several construction projects at the World Trade Center, including components of the Vehicular Security Center and multiple flood mitigation projects stemming from Superstorm Sandy.
- Directing the field operations for integrity monitoring of a prime construction contractor repairing residential properties as part of New York City’s Rapid Repairs program following Superstorm Sandy. The project included oversight of field labor activities, ensuring the integrity of the approval, verification and billing processes, checking the accuracy of contractor submissions, and investigation of possible fraud.
- Supervising an asset search for $70 million embezzled from an escrow account by an attorney convicted of running a $700 million Ponzi scheme. The asset search involved individuals, entities and assets located in the United States, Caribbean and Europe, and required the preparation of detailed affidavits filed in bankruptcy court.
- Leading a major litigation support fact finding investigation involving the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center relating to insurance coverage for business interruption, property damage and personal injury, verification of damage claims, and collection and analysis of data used by engineers testifying as expert witnesses.
- Participating in an internal investigation at a credit card processing company involving allegations of conflict of interest, theft of trade secrets and falsified reporting of commissions and financial results. This included a forensic review of the company’s financial and other books and records, extensive interviews with key employees, and background investigations of suspected employees.
In addition to his experience and certifications, Mr. Newcomb has pursued continuing professional education in a variety of disciplines, including fraud investigations, interrogation and interview techniques, anti-money laundering, white collar crime, digital forensics, relational databases and several other areas pertaining to investigations and compliance. He also is a past president and current member of the Board of Directors of the New York Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.