Business Intelligence and Investigations
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Jim Faulkner is a managing director with Kroll's Business Intelligence and Investigations practice and head of the firm’s Miami office. Jim directs corporate internal fraud investigations and supervises case managers conducting anti-money laundering, asset trace and transactional due diligence assignments in the southeastern U.S. and Latin America. He has over 17 years of experience conducting and supervising investigations in the private and public sectors, both as a consultant and a federal and state prosecutor.
Jim joined Kroll following a distinguished career with the U.S. Department of Justice. Most recently he served as the Judicial Attaché for the Department of Justice in Bogotá, Colombia. There he led legal diplomacy efforts for U.S. prosecutors and federal agents, helped coordinate a massive extradition and mutual legal assistance program, and attained game-changing legislative reforms to further the bilateral law enforcement relationship.
Prior to this, Jim prosecuted complex international drug trafficking organizations, including two leaders of the FARC, the largest terrorist organization in the Western Hemisphere, receiving the DOJ Assistant Attorney General’s Award for Trial Advocacy in 2005 and for Transnational Criminal Enforcement in 2007. In addition, Jim has held the positions of Deputy Judicial Attaché in Colombia and Trial Attorney for the Office of International Affairs.
Before joining the Department of Justice, Jim was a prosecutor with the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s office and was a legal officer with the United Nations Verification Mission to Guatemala.
Representative Fraud Investigations
The following is a brief list of recent consulting engagements:
Jim’s investigative team resolved three simultaneous frauds for a company in Central America, based on public records and social networking research, a search of personnel files, and the development of confidential informants. The guilty employees were identified, as were their collaborators outside of the company. Jim and his team liaised with law enforcement in Central America and the United States so the perpetrators could be prosecuted.
Jim was retained by a multinational company to look into suspicions of misappropriation in a Latin American subsidiary. The investigation involved the development of confidential informants, background checks on suppliers and consultants, a review of financial records and invoices of selected vendors, keyword searching of emails and hard drive data, and multiple simultaneous interviews of management and staff. Jim’s report provided a full account of what had transpired and recommendations for remedial action to avoid and detect such misconduct in the future.
Jim investigated whistleblower allegations of procurement fraud at a multinational company with subsidiaries and joint venture partners in various Latin American countries. The target of the investigation was originally thought by the company’s management to be innocent. However, Jim’s investigation resulted in a full confession and the payment of restitution by the guilty executive.