FBI Forensic Accountants
August 24, 2012
The FBI is tackling increasingly complex financial crimes with the use of its forensic accountant program.
Mollie Halpern: The FBI is tackling increasingly complex financial crimes with the use of its forensic accountant program.
I’m Mollie Halpern of the Bureau, and this is FBI, This Week.
The nearly 400 forensic accountants in the Bureau collect, analyze, and investigate financial data for FBI cases. They hold advanced degrees and undergo 12 weeks of training at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Section Chief Timothy Gallagher of the Financial Crime Section says the forensic accountants work side-by-side with the agents.
Timothy Gallagher: They do everything an agent does except for execute arrest warrants and carry a gun.
Halpern: A Forensic Accountant Support Team—which is like a SWAT team for accountants—is dispatched from Headquarters to quickly respond to an investigation anywhere in the country.
Gallagher: They are not attached solely to white-collar crime squads. They work international terrorism cases, they work espionage cases, they work public corruption cases…we’ve had them assigned to cyber cases as well.
Halpern: For more information, visit www.fbi.gov.