I worked in the Major Economic Crimes Bureau Manhattan District Attorney’s Office for two years. As an Investigative Analyst, I performed forensic financial analysis and digital forensic analysis in support of white collar crime investigations and helped organize and prepare cases for grand jury presentations and trials. In MECB, I was assigned to investigations regarding fraud in the sale of complex mortgage derivative products during the global financial crisis, securities market manipulation, violations of US economic sanctions by global banks, international Ponzi schemes, fraudulent promotion of leverage by precious metals brokerage firms, and systematic welfare fraud.
MECB also assigned me to its newly launched Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU), which conducts financial intelligence gathering both in support of existing investigations and as part of proactive monitoring efforts. I designed and built a database system for the FIU that handles internal case management tasks and product distribution, maintains records for FinCEN compliance audits, and performs financial intelligence analytics. I also conducted financial intelligence investigations for assistant district attorneys and trained other FIU analysts in financial intelligence techniques.
The DA’s Office also provided me with extensive training in digital forensics, through its new Cyber Academy. As one of its first graduates, I worked as an analyst in the High Technology Analysis Unit, extracting evidence from seized computer evidence, preparing cyber evidence for trial, and conducting secure on-site forensic previews of suspect computers during search warrant execution.