GEOFFREY HESS, CPA, FCPA, CFE, CFF
“Turning Financial Pollution Into Bottom-Line Solutions”
Hanover, PA 17331
Audit, Finance and Accounting leader with progressive career in the Northeastern market place, including four years with public accounting firms. Accomplished professional with government, banking and financial services industry experience. Possesses numerous industry certifications and proven skillset in the following areas:
Computerized investigative database research Compliance/administrative investigations
Comprehensive investigative report writing Packaging cases for OIG acceptance
Financial statement analysis Pro bono consultant to taxpayer group
Extensive interviewing/interrogation experience Leader of multidisciplinary investigations
Data mining Competitive intelligence techniques
SOX/Internal controls and implementation Cost accounting/reduction strategies
Corel and Microsoft software applications Asset/liability management
Revenue/profit turnaround Workouts/turnarounds
Cash flow/financing/banking relations Distribution/manufacturing expertise
Nonprofit/dealership knowledge in public practice Authored audit manual/newspaper columns
External/internal consulting Finance/controller operations
Department of Homeland Security 2010 to 2017
Audited Forms I-9 for compliance with immigration laws. Led several multidisciplinary investigations of major employers.
Gathered information on investigations/allegations using law enforcement databases (ICM, TECS, CIS and EARM) and public intelligence databases (CLEAR, Reference USA).
Developed, wrote, and edited investigative reports and related correspondence using ICM/ TECS, Microsoft Word and Excel.
Researched, analyzed, and evaluated incoming information, employer data/databases, financial/business records and other seized information through comparison to ICM, TECS, CIS, EARM, CLEAR and Reference USA. Input results into Microsoft EXCEL and Word templates for reports input to ICM/TECS database.
Audit Manager 2007 to 2010
Thompson, Cobb, Bazilio and Associates, Washington, DC
Regis and Associates, Washington, DC
Provided business consulting/auditing services to variety of nonprofit organizations, federal grant compliance/performance auditing and financial statement auditing utilizing Caseware and RSM McGladrey LotusNotes electronic workpapers..
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Utilized computer assisted audit techniques on governmental audits including A-133 audit of Greater Washington Urban League and DC Department of Housing and Community Development – Affordable Housing Program.
Performance audits included an educational institution and DC government agencies.
Advised clients on fraud prevention issues and risk management to preclude adverse reputational risk.
Employed analytical techniques to locate sources of new business development.
Consultant 2006 to 2007
Provided business consulting/auditing services to variety of nonprofit organizations, federal grant compliance/performance auditing to Enterprise Community Partners and financial statement auditing to Handel and Associates, PC.
Performed nationwide federal grant compliance/performance auditing for Enterprise Community Partners involving pass-through funds for affordable housing throughout the United States using MS Office Software and internally prepared templates.
Financial statement auditing for Handel and Associates involved use of EXCEL and QuickBooks for electronic workpapers for the firm’s nonprofit clients and datamining/exporting QuickBooks data for sampling and analytical purposes.
Fiscal Administrator II (Maryland Department of Public Safety) 1993 to 2006
Internal Auditor/Investigator (Maryland Department of Juvenile Services)
Supervised business office for combined $96 million budget for three-institution complex as Fiscal Administrator II.
Testified and served as subject matter expert for Maryland State Police in criminal cases.
Developed forensic monitoring program through application of trend analysis (using EXCEL) to Form 990’s filed by nonprofit vendors to pinpoint unfavorable shifts in debt service, officer turnover and excessive compensation to for-profit parent corporations
Implemented continuous forensic monitoring/auditing of major commercial publicly traded vendors (Youth Services International and Correctional Services Corporation) through application of data mining and competitive intelligence techniques to public record information.
Previous employment includes
Corporate Controller roles with Atlantic Imaging (distributor of imaging equipment), Annapolis Federal Savings Bank ($465 million thrift) and PATS, Inc.(light manufacture government contracting). Four years public accounting experience with Councilor, Buchanan and Mitchell and Buchanan and Company.
Selected accomplishments in these roles
Engineered cohesive plan for import to increase profitability by 30% by developing fraud /loss prevention program.
Revitalized tenuous banking relationship through reestablishment of timely quarterly financial reports that resulted in renewal of critical line of credit.
Reclaimed $190,000 in fraudulent embezzlement of $35 million financial institution through computerized summary of audit findings for use in FBI and bonding company investigations.
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Capped health-care cost increase to minimal 4% versus proposed 54% increase through successful negotiation of contracts.
BS Accounting Honors Mount Saint Mary’s, Emmitsburg, MD
Certified in Financial Forensics
Forensic Certified Public Accountant
Certified Fraud Examiner
Certified Public Accountant (Pennsylvania and Maryland)
Financial Executives Networking Group, Forensic Society of Certified Public Accountants, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants, Maryland Society of Accountants