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Joseph A. Spinelli

Senior Managing Director

North America

Kroll Associates, Inc.
600 Third Avenue, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10016

Joseph Spinelli is a Senior Managing Director with Kroll’s Investigations and Disputes practice, based in the New York office. In a career spanning more than 30 years across both the private and public sectors, Joe has been a pre-eminent leader in multiple fields, including white collar investigations, anti-bribery and corruption, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), risk management, monitorships, criminal investigations, and forensic accounting.

Prior to joining Kroll, Joe was a Managing Director at a global consulting firm’s Global Investigations and Compliance practice, serving as the Global Practice Leader for its FCPA and Anti-Bribery and Corruption practice, and Co-Leader of its Monitoring practice. Formerly, Joe held numerous leadership roles at a Big Four consulting firm, where his contributions included founding the firm’s Forensic and Investigations practice and serving as both Office Coordinating Partner for the Northeast, Public Services and Healthcare Compliance National Forensic Partner-in-Charge. He led noteworthy monitorship engagements that included the post-September 11 Ground Zero recovery efforts and the Diocese of Manchester, New Hampshire, child abuse case. In his 12 years with the Big Four firm, Joe also conducted numerous FCPA investigations in China, Korea, the Philippines, and Vietnam. He has also served as an Independent Private Sector Inspector General for Miami-Dade County and an independent auditor for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for two stock exchanges.

Joe’s earlier career in public service included eight years in the groundbreaking role of Inspector General for New York State. The first to ever hold this position, Joe led fraud and corruption investigations for state government agencies and authorities, and assisted the states of Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Louisiana in formulating their Inspector General programs. During this time, he co-authored the New York State Internal Control Act of 1987, which required state agencies to conduct risk assessments as part of a proactive approach to fraud prevention. Earlier, Joe served as Assistant Director of Criminal Justice for the State of New York, where he was responsible for investigating criminal complaints and fraud allegations throughout state government.

Joe started his career as a Special Agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Based in both the New York and New Haven field offices, he was involved in several high-profile cases, and received numerous Letters of Commendation from the Director of the FBI. In 1991, Joe chronicled his FBI Investigation of organized crime’s involvement in professional boxing in Sports Illustrated, and in 1992 testified in the U.S. Senate’s Sub-committees on Permanent Investigations.

In recognition of his exemplary achievements as a practitioner in the field of anti-bribery and corruption investigations, Joe has been selected to serve on numerous boards and commissions. These have included the Board of Regents of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, the world’s largest anti-fraud organization; Acting Chairman of the New York State Commission on Public Integrity; and Chairman of the Audit and Compensation Committees for the New York Racing Association Board.

Examples of Joe’s federal and state investigations and prosecutions include:

  • Served as Case Agent for the investigation and prosecution of a U.S. Congressman in the FBI’s ABSCAM investigation.
  • Oversaw the federal investigation of civil rights violations involving hate crimes in a religious community.
  • Directed the FBI’s investigation of organized crime’s involvement in professional boxing, and testified before the U.S. Senate Sub-Committee on Permanent Investigations regarding the creation of a National Boxing Commission.
  • Supervised the monitorship regarding a consent decree that was imposed on a national clothing store in New England as a result of its discriminatory sales and hiring practices.
  • Directed the investigation of corruption in the New York State Police Department while serving as New York State Inspector General.

Education and Certification

  • John Marshall Law School, J.D.
  • Ricker College, B.A.
  • Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)

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