Corporate Investigations, Corporate Fraud, IP Theft, Fraud Risk Assessment
has more than 31 years of combined global public and private sector investigations and fraud examination experience. During her career, she has managed, conducted, and assisted on hundreds of global and domestic investigations involving allegations of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations, internal and external fraud, and employee misconduct. She has presented investigative findings to corporate and government entities both nationally and internationally that directly led to major employment, civil, and criminal actions.
Leah’s most recent role was as the Director of Global Investigations at Texas Instruments, Inc. In this capacity she hired, mentored, and supervised a global team of investigators responsible for conducting investigations involving complex business practices to include allegations of fraud, IP theft, counterfeiting, discrimination, harassment, and other misconduct.
Prior to joining Texas Instruments, Leah served as the Audit Fraud Manager at JCPenney. There she planned, executed, and managed investigations and audits related to fraud ensuring compliance with company ethics and integrity. Additionally, Leah created, implemented, and delivered a fraud awareness program through company communications, training, and coaching.
Leah began her corporate investigative career at Electronic Data Systems, later to become Hewlett-Packard. Leah was responsible for conducting complex financial, fraud, and security investigations, reporting her findings to senior leadership, as well as collaborating on legal actions to recover losses. She developed, coordinated, and executed investigative plans, gathered evidence, conducted interviews, and analyzed facts. Leah directed a team that conducted technical and general investigations worldwide, including theft of assets, policy and ethics violations, threats and acts of violence, hackings, intrusions and malicious code violations, and identity theft. In addition, Leah’s team provided communications and guidance regarding enterprise-wide security and privacy policies and standards, including global awareness and education.
Leah began her investigative career as a Special Agent in the U.S. Customs Service. Leah investigated persons and organizations attempting to violate Federal laws relating to large scale international narcotics smuggling and money laundering. She developed facts that utilized a range of investigative techniques, and demonstrated an extensive knowledge of principles of investigations, rules of evidence, rules of criminal procedure, and court decisions concerning admissibility of evidence. In this position, Leah conducted investigations in both the United States and Mexico.
Leah is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and an active member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. She was elected to the Board of Regents of this 90K member global organization in 2016 and elected Chairman of the Board of Regents in 2017. She has served on the ACFE Advisory Council and the ACFE Board of Review.
Leah began public speaking in 2011 regarding Fraud Risk Assessments. She continues to be an active lecturer and instructor globally on various fraud related subjects including investigations, building investigation teams, and maturing investigative programs.
Leah holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Southwestern Louisiana.
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