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Senior Investigator

Califon, NJ
September 24, 2018

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Walter A. Tilton

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Califon, New Jersey 07830


Senior security professional seeking a position in investigations and security management, with extensive experience in legal due diligence, employment screening, and criminal, international, and background investigations of individuals and organizations.

Skills and Expertise

Criminal and civil background checks.

Fraud investigations.

Hard and liquid asset investigations.

Proficiency in Internet litigation and research sites including LexisNexis, Tracers, Accurant, IRB Search, Westlaw, Pacific Information Systems, Choice Point, and PACER.

Retrieval of information from county, state and federal court informational sites, proprietary research sites, and adverse media.

Interrogations of persons of interest.

Advanced investigative procedures, crime scene analysis, warrant affidavits, and warrant execution.

Use and knowledge of SCIC and NCIC database as well as state DMV files.

Strong leadership, communication, organizational and interpersonal skills.

Ability to work with multiple departments and all levels of management.

Fair Credit Reporting Act knowledge

Professional History

First Data Corp. August 2016- August 2018

Employed as a Senior Security Analyst conducting on boarding background investigations for Owner/Associates and outside vendors for various First Data partners to identify potential arrest and conviction records, working closely with First Data recruiters to carefully place potential candidates to open positions within the company and to be compliant with First Data Hiring Policy and federal employment regulations (FCRA). Also conducted assigned due diligence investigations on requested companies deemed as potential partners with First Data. Assisted fellow analysts in acquiring state, county and federal criminal records thru my personal account setups with various state and county courts as well United States District Court criminal and civil records (PACER).

JP Morgan Chase, Inc., Jersey City NJ September 2013-August 2016

Working in a supporting role providing guidance to employees who have undergone criminal background checks in order to be in compliance with JPMC policy as well as acting as a liaison between the criminal case managers and the employees of the company in preparing documentation required in supporting final dispositions of Safe Act violations. Prior to this position and as a consultant and lead investigator in the Pre-Employment division of the Global Security and Investigations department, I was responsible for ensuring compliance with banking and federal guidelines by performing criminal background checks on new hires and current employees to identify arrest and conviction records in accordance with Dodd–Frank regulations.

T&M Protection Resources, LLC, New York NY June 2012-April 2013

Lead investigator for an investigative and research company that provides corporate investigations, research, and due diligence reporting services for financial institutions and performs background investigations for employment screening.

Responsibilities included:

researching and documenting criminal, civil, bankruptcy, regulatory, asset, and media findings;

verifying education, licensing and employment status for major hedge funds, television networks and staffing agencies;

assisting the company’s internal division of Executive Protection, Private Investigations and the Sexual Misconduct Unit in criminal and background research of investigative targets;

conducting personal interviews and interrogations of persons of interest and those of informational value in connection with fraud investigations inclusive of Anti Money Laundering;

performing hard and liquid asset investigations using database sources and personal third party contacts.

Winchester Associates, LLC 2004 - 2013

Founder and principal of a company that provides research, investigations and legal due diligence reporting services for various organizations and agencies.

Services provided by the company include:

functioning as the research, investigative, and legal/financial due diligence arm for hedge funds, venture capital, and other funding groups, in compliance with the FTC and FCRA regulations;

preparing detailed reports pertaining to criminal, civil, and bankruptcy judgments, liens, regulatory agencies (FINRA, SEC, CFTC, OTC, OCC), terrorist watch lists (USA Patriot Act, OFAC), media searches, and property assessments;

conducting international investigations and reporting on fraudulent and suspicious activity to equity investors and fund managers;

performing and documenting corporate background checks of CEO, CFO, COO and other executives for large and small hedge funds;

providing complete employment background reports, as well as “skip trace” and locates, for numerous clients;

monitoring and issuing daily reports concerning the cash flow, receivables, payables, borrowing balances, and controlled inventory of businesses for banks and lending institutions with loans in default;

creating international background reports inclusive of Europe, Asia, Africa, Canada and South America.

Staff Investigations LLC, Somerville, NJ 2000 - 2004

Private Investigator assigned to unlawful death, personal injury, embezzlement, theft, and other litigation for the insurance group representing Police-Fire and EMS organizations. Responsible for investigating and conducting surveillance related to insurance claims to establish whether the insured was liable, and assisting the attorneys assigned in preparation for further proceedings.

Fairfield Police Department, Fairfield, NJ 1978 - 2000

Detective responsible for investigating narcotics, homicide, theft, robbery, burglary, assault, arson, fraud, and embezzlement cases.

Undercover operative of organized crime pertaining to narcotics, gambling and hijacked merchandise. Performed joint investigations with the New Jersey State Police; Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Terrorist Unit; U.S. Secret Service; Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Arson Unit; Essex County Sheriff’s Department Bureau of Narcotics and various Police and Sheriff’s Departments in the State of New Jersey.


William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ


Background Screeners and Due Diligence Professionals

Due Diligence and Background Investigations Network

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