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Jeffrey Cramer is a managing director and head of Kroll’s Chicago office. Jeff joined Kroll in October 2009 following a distinguished career as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division (2000–2009). While at the U.S. Attorney’s office, he served as Senior Litigation Counsel where he was responsible for trial strategy and jury arguments in all criminal trials. Jeff has investigated a broad range of cases, including corporate fraud, organized crime, money laundering, RICO, foreign terrorist organizations, public corruption, securities fraud, and regulatory and export violations.
A 13-year veteran of the criminal justice system, Jeff began his career as a prosecutor in New York City from 1993–1997. In this capacity, he prosecuted federal and state trials, leading complex investigations into violent and white collar crimes including homicides, public corruption, fraud and money laundering. After his tenure in New York, Jeff worked for three years at a major international law firm where he gained experience in litigation and real estate.
Jeff is an Adjunct Professor at DePaul University School of Law and a frequent lecturer at international and domestic law enforcement and academic gatherings as well as several law schools. Jeff has lectured on fraud investigations and related topics at the FBI Academy, and to agents/attorneys at the Securities and Exchange Commission, Secret Service, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Homeland Security, and local law enforcement and bar groups. Over the course of his career, he has earned commendations from the Director of the FBI, the Inspector General for HHS, and the United States Secret Service. He has led cases that were awarded the Federal Law Enforcement Investigation of the Year and National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association Investigation of the Year. Jeff has also received numerous awards from the Department of Justice, including the Director’s Award for Superior Performance by a Litigative Team, as well as the HHS Inspector General Integrity Award and the HHS Award for Excellence. Jeff was appointed a Special State’s Attorney for the prosecution of Drew Peterson. Peterson, a former police officer, was convicted of killing his wife.
- Lottery and Gaming. Jeff led Kroll’s engagements with the Illinois, Indiana and Pennsylvania State Lotteries that resulted in the hiring of Private Lottery Managers in transactions valued at over $5 billion dollars for the States. Jeff was responsible for ensuring transparency throughout the procurement process in Illinois and Indiana. He and his team coordinated a rigorous, international investigation of the corporate entities and individuals bidding for all three Lotteries. Jeff also participated in all public meetings for the contract bid and reported key findings in Illinois. Illinois Governor Pat Quinn announced, “Having a team of independent advisors was very important, especially knowing that it was led by a former federal prosecutor [Jeff Cramer] who examined the background of every bidder and ensured a fair process. This open process has allowed us to select the right organization to lead Illinois’ lottery into the future.”
- Corporate Investigations. Jeff has conducted and managed numerous cases for Kroll’s corporate clients including complex fraud and embezzlement investigations, due diligence research, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations, security-related issues, theft of intellectual property, and other discrete work.
- Cyber Investigations. Jeff has led numerous worldwide investigations involving data breaches. Jeff has worked with general counsel’s office, Board of Directors, outside counsel, and law enforcement to determine the appropriate corporate response.
- White Collar Crime Prosecutions. Jeff was a member of the trial team that prosecuted fraudulent activity at Hollinger International leading to the conviction of Conrad Black and other top company executives and a foreign corporation in United States v. Conrad Black, et.al. Jeff has also directed multiple investigations involving multi-million dollar fraud schemes and securities violations in a variety of industries.
- Healthcare, Hospitals and Biotechnology Fraud Prosecutions. As a prosecutor, Jeff supervised the Department of Justice investigation and conviction at trial of Ronald Mikos in United States v. Mikos. The jury convicted the defendant of healthcare fraud, obstruction of justice, and murder resulting in the death penalty. Jeff has also investigated and prosecuted other healthcare and biotechnology matters, including medical kickback schemes and an international fraud related to synthetic humanized insulin.
- Regulatory Matters. Jeff has investigated numerous regulatory matters, including illegal shipments of materials on the U.S. Munitions List which were being sent to prohibited countries in violation of export laws. Jeff prosecuted several individuals who were shipping Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (predator drone) parts to Pakistan.
- Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. As a prosecutor, Jeff investigated and prosecuted multiple defendants under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act for paying bribes and kickbacks. One such case stemmed from bribes being paid to a foreign government worker by a United States software company. Jeff currently assists companies in establishing risk analysis on FCPA and other compliance topics. Jeff coordinates due diligence on foreign and domestic vendors to ensure his clients are aware of any issues.
- Police Corruption. Jeff led the team, through indictment, that prosecuted a former Chicago Police Department Commander for actions related to the systematic torture and abuse of suspects. The defendant was later convicted at trial.
Education & Certifications
- Temple University Law School, J.D.
- Northeastern University, M.B.A.
- State University of New York at Geneseo, B.A.
- Admitted to the Bar in Massachusetts and New York