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John Viola


Criminal & Administrative Investigations


Career Highlights


  • Former Federal agent and criminal investigator
  • Law enforcement expertise in conducting financial fraud, internal and external theft, and workplace violence investigations
  • Comprehensive leadership and strategic management training and experience
  • Numerous awards and recognition for exceptional performance from Postal Inspection Service executive leadership and the United States Attorney’s Office, SDNY
  • Former vice president of the New York Chapter of the International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators
  • Project lead for comprehensive high profile theft prevention/security enhancement projects
  • Extensive experience in assessing and identifying policy and procedural non-compliance issues and recommending preventative measures for remediation
  • Vast training and experience in workplace violence investigations and crisis intervention.
  • Broad experience in assessing and mitigating facility, transportation, and employee risks

John is a former supervisory federal agent with 27 years of extensive and meritorious experience conducting criminal and administrative investigations. As a United States Postal Inspector, he conducted and supervised complex investigations of fraud, internal and external theft, and financial crimes including bank fraud and identity theft.  John also served in higher level managerial positions during his tenure with the United States Postal Inspection Service. He has advanced training and experience in strategic leadership and was the project lead on several large-scale projects.

As a Postal Inspector, he was a member of the National Compliance Review Team conducting compliance assessments of Postal Inspection Service field operations with a focus on identifying policy and procedural non-compliance issues as well as identifying best practices and recommending preventative measures for remediation. John also served as the agency’s Public Information Officer and was responsible for interacting with the media, local, state and federal law enforcement, and community leaders.  He has also conducted numerous fraud prevention training events.

While detailed to National Headquarters as a Program Manager, he was responsible for monitoring and ensuring compliance with national policy and implementing procedural and policy enhancements. John interacted with executives and field personnel on a regular basis and was responsible for developing and conducting national training events.

John also held positions where he was responsible for assessing and mitigating organizational safety and security risks. He has extensive training and experience in workplace violence, crisis intervention and dangerous mail investigations. He has evaluated and provided recommendations for remediation for facility, transportation, and employee risks.

As a professional services consultant, he conducts fraud investigations and assists in litigation matters on behalf of law firms representing business clients. John is a licensed private investigator in New York.  He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resource Management from the State University of New York at Binghamton.


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