Financial Expert Examines Origins of Fraudulent Documents

Joseph O'Neill

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— Updated on October 27, 2017

Transaction Banking ExpertThis is a case against an attorney who was responsible for conducting routine closings of real estate transactions. The defense counsel requested an expert who could review certain documents and payment records to decipher the origin of the payee in these transactions, preferably using ink dating techniques to determine the exact age of the documents. The defendant is a licensed attorney, and her law office has represented the lending party in a string of real estate transactions. Unknown to the law firm, there were individuals involved in arranging fraudulent documents that were submitted to the bank without the defendant attorney’s knowledge. Her function as the lender’s attorney was to conduct the routine closing at her office. The issue that remains is the origin of payment for services rendered.

Question(s) For Expert Witness

  • 1.) Do you have the ability to view bank statements and financial documents to ascertain the origin of payment?
  • 2.) Have you ever testified on banking related matters?

Expert Witness Response E-008054

I certainly have the expertise to assist with this matter. I can view bank statements and wire transfer documents to ascertain origin of payment. I was part of an investigation that our firm performed in connection with the breach of a savings and loan institution’s controls surrounding Automated Clearing House transactions. In that matter, we evaluated thousands of ACH transactions, among other things, to identify the origin of those transactions, and we interpreted similar transaction language/routing instructions. I also provided testimony in the federal grand jury proceedings on behalf of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in that case.

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