Bill Nugent is Senior Managing Director and Global Head of Client Advisory in Kroll's Business Intelligence and Investigations practice based in Philadelphia.
A former federal prosecutor, Bill manages a wide variety of complex domestic and international assignments on behalf of governments, corporations, law firms, universities and individuals. With more than 25 years of investigative and law enforcement experience, Bill is an expert in conducting major fraud-related investigations as well as investigations related to other highly sensitive and contentious matters.
Prior to joining Kroll, Bill served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania for more than seven years, three of which were with the Organized Crime Strike Force, where he investigated and prosecuted a wide variety of federal criminal cases including economic and violent crimes, racketeering (RICO), money laundering, narcotics trafficking, and civil rights violations. Bill previously was a litigation attorney in the Philadelphia office of Wolf, Block, Schorr and Solis-Cohen where he handled white collar crime and civil fraud cases.
- University Admissions Investigation
In response to questions raised in the media and by a member of the Board of Regents about possible undue influence by state legislators on a university’s admissions process, Kroll was engaged to review the admissions process, investigate allegations of external pressures on the admissions process, and determine whether any factors other than individual merit influenced admissions decisions. Bill led the engagement which involved a 10-year look-back at relevant documentation and data necessary to prepare for interviews and to fully understand the issues raised and information addressed in the scope of work. This included the review of approximately 9,500 emails between various internal offices within the university system. Throughout, Bill ensured that all procedures complied fully with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
- Fraud Investigations
After complaints of an alleged Ponzi scheme, Kroll was retained by a court-appointed receiver to conduct an extensive forensic analysis and investigation into a $100 million hedge fund. Bill and his team undertook an exhaustive effort to compile and analyze over 1,000,000 records relating to the defendants’ business dealings. This investigation included the reconstruction and analyses of transactional activity in excess of $825 million spanning a 10-year period. Kroll’s work assisted in the federal conviction and sentencing of the manager of the fund to 17.5 years in prison.
- Corporate Internal Investigations
Bill has conducted complex internal investigations on behalf of numerous corporate clients on a wide variety of issues, including internal fraud, employee misconduct, theft of trade secrets, loss of proprietary data, network intrusion, and the misuse of company technology. In one case, Bill conducted an internal investigation for an international pharmaceutical company, investigating allegations of kickbacks, fraud and embezzlement. This investigation resulted in findings of fraud in excess of one million dollars and the termination of numerous employees.
- Government Monitorships
The Governor of Pennsylvania appointed Kroll, with Bill as the lead, to be the Independent Monitor of the Pennsylvania State Police. Bill’s team assisted in restoring public trust and confidence in the state police in the wake of a scandal involving a former trooper’s conviction for sexual assault, the filing of five related federal civil rights lawsuits alleging a widespread pattern of sexual harassment and sexual misconduct in the state police, and extensive media coverage — in all the major newspapers, television and radio stations in Pennsylvania, and on such national news outlets as CNN, MSNBC and Fox News — of the allegations contained in the lawsuits.
Education and Certifications
- Rutgers-Camden School of Law, J.D.
- Duke University, B.A.
- Admitted to the Bar in New Jersey and Pennsylvania