John “The Fraud Guy” Hanson is the founder and executive director of Artifice Forensic Financial Services LLC. He has over 20 years of fraud investigations, forensic accounting, and corporate compliance/ethics and audit experience. John has applied his extensive experience in these areas across a wide array of areas and industries, frequently assisting counsel, government agencies and companies with internal corporate investigations and other sensitive matters arising from alleged fraud or misconduct.
In addition to being an expert on fraud, John is a recognized thought leader and expert in the field of independent corporate monitoring, a relatively new and highly specialized practice area involving the imposition of an independent third-party by a government agency or department upon an organization to verify that organization’s compliance with the terms of a settlement agreement between the organization and the government. John has previously served in a leadership role in a federal monitorship and is currently involved in three significant federal monitorships, two as the named monitor.
John’s practical experience as a corporate monitor and extensive knowledge in this area was recognized by the American Bar Association, which appointed him to the Criminal Justice Section’s Ad-Hoc Task Force on Corporate Monitors, responsible for creating “best practices” and formal standards for corporate monitors. John is the only nonlawyer member of the task force and a frequently sought speaker on the topic. He has provided practical advice, ideas and strategies to lawyers, government officials and corporate executives involved in such matters as well as newly appointed corporate monitors.
John’s diverse corporate compliance & ethics, fraud investigations, audit, accounting, finance, legal, regulatory, business operations and management, internal controls, professional training, international, fraud risk & vulnerability, interviewing, and quality control experience combined with his actual experience as a corporate monitor and passionate commitment to best practices in monitorships uniquely qualifies him as a premier advisor and provider of monitorship services.
Prior to Artifice, John spent nearly six years as a leader in the fraud investigations and forensic accounting practice of a large publicly traded international financial consulting firm, where he focused on helping organizations prevent, detect, respond to and resolve issues associated with fraud or questions of corporate integrity.
John was also a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), where for nearly ten years he specialized in white collar crime and investigated a wide variety of complex fraud schemes and financial crimes. For his last two years as an FBI Agent, John served as an instructor in the Investigative Training Unit at the FBI Academy, where he developed and facilitated fraud and investigative training curriculum for new agent trainees and conducted advanced fraud related in-service trainings for experienced FBI agents.
Prior to the FBI, John was the director of internal audit and quality control for a large privately held mortgage origination and servicing company, where he designed and implemented the internal audit program from the ground up. In the course of his internal audit work, his techniques and instinct for fraud identified numerous instances involving borrowers attempting or involved in fraud schemes, which he helped resolve, at times using creative techniques not customary in the early 1990s to do so.
John is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (Louisiana), a Certified Fraud Examiner and a Certified Compliance & Ethics Professional.
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