Former FBI Special Agent
Certified Fraud Examiner
Acclaimed Thought Leader and Author of over 200 publications
Performed and overseen thousands of domestic and cross-border investigations
Extensive experience documenting insurance claims arising from financial crimes
Subject matter expertise in white collar crime, money laundering, FCPA, sanctions, fraud and investigative due diligence
Recipient of the President’s Award from Protiviti parent Company Robert Half International
Recipient of the Chairman’s Award, BDO Seidman LLP
Corporate Investigations, Regulatory Compliance, Forensic Accounting
Scott Moritz is a highly experienced investigations leader and regulatory compliance advisor based in New York. He provides turnkey investigative, financial analytical and compliance advisory services. Mr. Moritz served as an FBI Special Agent from 1986 to 1996 serving in the Memphis, Tennessee and New York City field offices. During his FBI tenure, he focused primarily on white collar crime, public corruption and money laundering investigations throughout the U.S. and internationally. His criminal investigative experience included bank fraud and embezzlement, fraud by wire, mail fraud, bribery, kickbacks, procurement fraud, payroll fraud, securities fraud, advance fee schemes, organized crime, criminal money laundering and boiler room operations.
He has extensive experience in the evaluation and remediation of corporate compliance and ethics programs including those focused on financial crime, anti-bribery and corruption, fraud risk management and anti-money laundering. He has led numerous AML and sanctions remediation projects for financial institutions including transaction lookbacks, Know Your Customer File remediations and sanctions screening scrubs for various types of institutions including retail banks, commercial banks, wholesale banks, investment banks, mutual funds and hedge funds. He has performed regulatory compliance, investigative and advisory work directly for numerous government and quasi-governmental agencies including the FBI, U.S. Marshall Service, U.S. Attorney’s Offices for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, New York District Attorney’s Office, Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, Westchester County Solid Waste Commission, City of New York Department of Education, The State of Connecticut, The Town of Greenwich, Connecticut, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the United Nations.
As an FBI Special Agent, Mr. Moritz was involved in numerous criminal and civil forfeiture proceedings that included post-indictment restraining orders and the appointment of monitors. In several of those instances, Mr. Moritz participated in the monitor selection process along with the U.S Attorney’s Office. Mr. Moritz also worked closely with Court-appointed monitors when defendant companies were suspected of having violated the monitoring agreement, he investigated those cases and testified in various proceedings related to those investigations.
Subsequent to leaving the FBI, Mr. Moritz worked in support of the U.S. Attorney’s Offices in the Southern District of New York, Eastern District of New York and the New York County District Attorney’s Office in over 20 monitorships and receiverships arising from federal and state prosecutions of private sanitation companies charged with organized crime and money laundering violations related to traditional organized crime’s control over the private sanitation industry in the New York City metropolitan area. Mr. Moritz testified before the Westchester County New York Board of Legislators in a hearing that eventually led to a change in Westchester County law and the creation of the Westchester County Solid Waste Commission.
Upon leaving the FBI, he has worked for several top tier public accounting and risk consulting firms overseeing financial crime investigations of officer misconduct, bankruptcy fraud, securities fraud, bank fraud, kickback schemes, self-dealing, conflicts of interest, procurement fraud and theft of intellectual property. Most of the investigations he has led have been on behalf of publicly traded companies and their outside counsel and included substantive interaction with those organizations’ outside accounting firms, audit committees of the board of directors, regulatory and law enforcement agencies.
He is widely regarded as an expert in the performance and governance of internal investigations, forensic accounting analyses and regulatory compliance program remediation projects.
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President and CEO
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Phoenix Children's Hospital
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Chair, US Corporate Governance & Securities Regulation
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Jim Rough's dedication to the success of SunHawk clients is evidenced by his strategic and prospective thinking complemented by his ability to truly anticipate the needs of a company in the midst of the complicated compliance climate. I highly recommend SunHawk for companies of any size seeking actionable solutions and measurable results."
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