Jeff works with a wide variety of clients and organizations providing fraud investigation, fraud prevention and litigation support assistance. He also has helped companies resolve their business interruption insurance and other complex claims. He has investigated allegations of improprieties in a variety of companies and organizations, including privately held companies, financial institutions, cooperatives, governmental entities and not-for-profit organizations. Prior to joining the forensic accounting practice in 2005, Jeff conducted audits for approximately 10 years in BKD’s audit practice.
Jeff is a CPA and a Certified Fraud Examiner, and he carries the Certified in Financial Forensics designation. He participates in more than 40 hours of continuing professional education each year. Jeff speaks frequently to industry groups and professional associations about corporate fraud and related topics. He previously served as an instructor for BKD’s continuing professional education program, teaching courses on fraud.
He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants and Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. Jeff is a 1995 cum laude graduate of Missouri State University, Springfield, with a B.S. degree in accounting and a minor in criminal justice.
In his spare time, Jeff enjoys spending time with his wife and kids, traveling and participating in 5K and 10K runs. He serves as board chairman for a local not-for-profit providing free grief support for children and their families.
Working in the world of embezzlement and fraud on a daily basis, Jeff follows many of the stories that hit the news. He provided a list of some of the most interesting fraud cases of 2012:
- Former Peregrine Financial CEO Russell Wasendorf Sr. pled guilty in October to stealing more than $100 million from his customers. He used such tools as Photoshop and Excel to create fake documents to fool regulators.
- Longtime Dixon, Illinois, comptroller Rita Crundwell pled guilty to embezzling more than $50 million, using the money to buy luxury items and to fund a horse operation.
- Kinde Durkee, a Democratic campaign treasurer with a high-profile list of political clients, pled guilty to stealing $7 million from her clients in a complex scheme involving hundreds of bank accounts.