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Case Studies

Identity Theft Fraud Investigation

SunHawk led an investigation on behalf of a law firm and its employees who were victimized by identity theft. The investigation determined how the identity theft breach occurred, the extent of the breach, and the individuals involved. SunHawk performed dark web and deep web Internet scans that determined the stolen information came from major data breaches that occurred years earlier. The evidence developed was referred to federal law enforcement resulting in the arrests of members of the identity theft ring responsible for the breach of the law firm and other victims. As a result of the quick response and investigation results, the law firm suffered no financial loss and no further acts of identity theft have occurred.

Inventory Theft Investigation

SunHawk Consulting led an investigation on behalf of a transportation industry company involving the alleged misconduct of an employee in the theft of company-owned goods. The investigation confirmed the theft of inventory and that the subject of the investigation was a manager at the company. Knowing that his direct reports were being interviewed, this manager tried to persuade the employees not to cooperate with SunHawk’s investigators. The investigation also revealed that the manager was sexually harassing his employees and he was terminated. SunHawk also provided recommended enhancements to the company’s code of conduct and business ethics policy in furtherance of their corporate compliance program.

Internal Investigation on Behalf of General Counsel of Construction Company

SunHawk was engaged by the management of a national interior design and construction provider to investigate possible bribery and other ethics violations under the direction of General Counsel.  The investigation team performed an email review of approximately 700,000 emails and conducted twenty interviews over a two-month period.  Besides providing a report of investigation findings, SunHawk recommended areas of program improvement to company management.

Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering Training and Policy Development

SunHawk was engaged by a non-bank financial institution to develop and deliver its first comprehensive Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering (“BSA/AML”) training to its employees, managers, and other stakeholders, including training on new requirements related to The Anti-Money Laundering Act of 2020 and The Corporate Transparency Act . SunHawk also delivered practical recommendations on enhancing the organization’s AML Risk Assessment process, its Customer Identification Program (“CIP”), Know Your Customer (“KYC”) procedures, and Office of Foreign Asset Control (“OFAC”) sanctions screening tools and protocols.


"SunHawk demonstrated a commendable commitment to precision and compliance throughout our engagement. Their expertise in navigating complex healthcare regulations was evident, providing us with a thorough and insightful audit. We required assistance with a complex billing audit that required statistical analysis. As a smaller healthcare system, SunHawk provided us a level of audit expertise that we are not able to staff in-house. The team’s responsiveness and industry knowledge make them a valuable partner for healthcare organizations seeking rigorous and reliable auditing services."

Sara Coverstone

Chief Compliance & Privacy Officer
Northern Arizona Healthcare

"SunHawk was an outstanding partner in the provision of interim leadership in compliance and internal audit for our organization.  They provided seamless coverage and advancement of our compliance and internal audit functions.  As CEO, I had no concerns or worries during our engagement.  They were true partners for us!"

Alfred E. Pilong

President and CEO
Garnet Health

"James and the SunHawk team have been an invaluable resource for our Compliance Office - they are a reliable, well experienced, trusted and knowledgeable team of professionals who at a moment’s notice will take your calls or respond to your emails.

Their advice helped us navigate the ever evolving, highly regulated healthcare industry!  Whether it’s discussing report methodology or determining appropriate repayment, SunHawk provides the reassurance and confidence that you are doing the right thing!

We are honored to have partnered with SunHawk and will continue to do so in the future!"

Natasha Cogdill

Vice President/Chief Ethics, Compliance and Privacy Officer
Community Health System

"SunHawk’s professionals are leaders in the compliance and risk industries. Over the years I have worked with a number of their professionals on a series of projects/issues and learned SunHawk’s professionals are problem/solution-oriented and great coalition builders. 

SunHawk Professionals get the job done and are a pleasure to work with. Commitment, Experience, Professionalism, and Integrity; that's what SunHawk Professionals brings to the table."

Gerry Roy

Vice President/Chief Ethics, Compliance and Privacy Officer
Phoenix Children's Hospital

"Jim Rough is among the most conscientious professionals I have encountered. When he says he is going to do something -- he does it. Jim has a broad range of experience gained over decades in leading organizations.

Now as the founder of his own firm, Jim will be enabled to provide the same high-quality service to his clients in a setting that allows greater customization to his clients' financial circumstances."

Frank M. Placenti

Chair, US Corporate Governance & Securities Regulation
Practice, Squire Patton Boggs

"SunHawk Consulting's HIPAA Check Program provided us with an invaluable third-party review of our HIPAA policies and practices. The tracking tool SunHawk includes with the Program has become an integral part of our continued monitoring for HIPAA compliance.

Jan Elezian's extensive hands-on compliance experience was evident during site visits and staff interviews as she translated difficult subject matter into practical use scenarios and provided quality feedback. Thank you SunHawk team!"

Nancy Lipman

Vice President, Compliance
Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc.

"SunHawk provides an array of dynamic professionals, each with significant subject matter expertise and a problem-solver approach. Beyond their knowledge and conscientious work ethic, however, is a team of caring individuals who strive to furnish individualized, tailored assistance with a personal touch. 

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."

Michelle Missal

Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer
Paragon 28, Inc.

“Sunhawk Consulting has proven to be a trusted partner with the ability to deliver results. We have consistently been impressed with their expertise, professionalism, and commitment to customer service.  Sunhawk Consulting has supported our enterprise-wide risk assessment, risk management activities, and the configuration of our Governance, Risk and Compliance software tool.

Sunhawk Consulting’s leadership and consultative services have helped us to successfully navigate through the complexities of SOC, HIPAA, NIST and FedRAMP audits this year.  The knowledgeable team of Sunhawk professionals has been and continues to be an invaluable resource for us, ensuring we are positioned for success in all our audits and assessment activities.”

Zachary Fain

Chief Technology Officer (CTO)
Signature Performance

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