Harry Garcia, CFE, CPP, is a veteran forensic accounting investigator including professional careers with the FBI, as a Special Agent Accountant, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), as an Internal Revenue Agent, and Big Four Accounting firms Ernest & Young, as Associate Director Office of firm Security, and Deloitte LLP, as Senior Manager of the Forensic & Dispute Financial Advisory services. Harry is an expert in the investigative evidence gathering process in support of criminal prosecution and civil litigation including collecting documentary evidence and obtaining oral and written statements from corporate whistle blowers, cooperating and corroborating witnesses, and subjects of investigations. He is also an expert in forensic accounting investigations, compliance and regulatory mandated assessments. Harry is an expert in dissecting the movements of financial transactions through correlations and comparative analysis in which he has testified and provided expert opinion in federal prosecutions and in depositions in support of civil litigation lawsuits. His expert testimony has included testifying in federal court on money laundering and public corruption prosecutions and in civil litigation cases.
Harry’s expertise in corruption cases includes private companies kickbacks to vendors and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) issues.
During his 35 year professional trajectory, Harry has investigated numerous criminal and civil cases, which among others have included white-collar crimes, corporate fraud, corporate and church internal abuse investigations; court ordered monitoring; government enforcement mandated reviews of AML compliance functions and risk-mitigation assessments. His private sector investigative work has included the delivery of forensic accounting investigative services to Fortune 500 multinational companies.
Harry is the CEO and managing partner of H.Garcia & Associates, Inc. (“HGA”), a California based international private investigative consulting firm he founded in 2005. HGA provides a variety of litigation support driven investigative and consulting services to international and domestic companies and their counsel in the U.S. and throughout Latin America. HGA has also provided training on forensic interviewing techniques; fraud investigation techniques and the financial aspects of investigating fraud, corruption and related money laundering activity. HGA works with a large network of U.S. based and global investigative resources throughout Latin America including Mexico, Colombia, Peru Brazil and Paraguay.
Harry, a CPP, is board certified in security management and expert in conducting facilities (i.e. buildings and schools) security risk-mitigation assessments aimed at protecting its people and assets.
Harry has worked alongside federal prosecutors and private sector litigation lawyers, providing oral and written testimony in support of litigation, including providing expert opinion and testimony. He has testified in several white-collar crime trials, including expert testimony in the financial aspects of disguising illicitly obtained moneys in a high-profile Federal Law Enforcement corruption and money laundering criminal case, and delivered expert opinion on money laundering in an international civil RICO case.
From 2013 through 2015, Harry served a two-year secondment assignment for Deloitte LLP in Colombia as the director of the forensic & dispute services practice in Colombia, which under his leadership prospered and grew into a clear presence in the region with ten forensic investigators and the creation of a computer forensic technology lab. During his tenure in Colombia, he developed business internally and externally which led to a variety of engagements under his responsibility in Colombia and Peru involving forensic accounting investigations; whistle-blower allegations; procurement fraud, including vendor kickbacks and FCPA reviews and compliance assessments.
Before serving in the private sector, Harry served with the federal government as a FBI Special Agent Accountant and Supervisory Special Agent (January 1981-September 2003) before his retirement in September 2003. During his career with the FBI, Harry investigated complex financial fraud crimes, public corruption, financial institution internal frauds, other white-collar crime cases and related money laundering focusing in the seizure of illicit assets. His achievements in a complex financial fraud and corruption case that led to the indictment and conviction of the Mayor of the second biggest city in Puerto Rico was recognized by the prestigious award of “Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.” Additionally, in 1996 he was awarded the “Outstanding Achievement Award” by the State of California for his accomplishments in two high-profile federal law enforcement border corruption and money laundering investigations in San Diego, among many others received from local, federal, foreign law enforcement and national intelligence agencies between 1987 and 1999.
In addition, he held a diplomatic management position in Colombia where he served as an Assistant and Acting Legal Attache for the FBI at the U.S. Embassy in Bogota, and on a Temporary Duty (“TDY”) basis at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City. In Colombia he worked alongside the Embassy’s Country Team led by the Ambassador and Deputy Chief of Mission representing the FBI at embassy inter-agency meetings that required sensitivity and diplomatic articulation of FBI positions. Harry was recognized for securing the first kidnapping extraterritorial indictment against a FARC terrorist group commander in Colombia. Prior to his retirement he held FBI management positions with the responsibility of supervising organized crime squads and the FBI’s computer response team in Los Angeles.
Harry tailored and implemented FBI international training programs in anti-corruption and anti-money laundering for in-country law enforcement counterparts, prosecutors and investigators in Colombia and Mexico, focusing on the financial aspects of the investigations, including the use of of the net-worth analysis techniques to combat corruption by tracing illicitly obtained assets.
Prior to entering the FBI, Harry served with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as an Internal Revenue Agent following his graduation from Arizona State University in July 1977.
His responsibilities included conducting federal tax return audits of corporations, partneships and individuals, by throroughly analyzing and examining taxpayers’ financial and business books and records by applying relevant audit techniqes to determine the correct tax liability.
• LATIN AMERICA & ASIA
• GLOBAL INVESTIGATIONS
• LITIGATION CONSULTING
• CORPORATE INVESTIGATIONS
• FORENSIC ACCOUNTING
• RISK-BASED ASSESSMENTS
• DUE DILIGENCE
CERTIFICATIONS / SPECIALTIES
• Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)
• Board Certified in Security/ Risk Management (CPP)
• Licensed Private Investigator-U.S.
• Diplomatic experience in high-risk environments including Colombia and Mexico
• FBI Special Agent Accountant
• Fluent in Spanish (Oral & Written)
• Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
• American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS) International
• Society of Former Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation
• Harry is an accomplished educator on forensic interviewing techniques, fraud investigations and the financial aspects of investigating public corruption and money laundering cases. He has presented globally in South America, Singapore, Mexico and in the U.S.
• He has been a speaker for the U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development Assistance and Training (OPDAT) in anti-corruption and interviewing techniques courses in Mexico City and Colombia for investigators and prosecutors.
• On two separate occasions in 2011, Harry was engaged by the president of the Mexico City ACFE chapter to provide training to an audience of accountants and internal auditors in interviewing and interrogation techniques.
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