IRS-CI Insights on Financial Crime – Threats and Solutions Today and Beyond
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IRS-CI Insights on Financial Crime – Threats and Solutions Today and Beyond

When: Friday, May 31st
1:00 - 2:00 PM ET
Where: On24 Webinar

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Presented by Don Fort, Chief, IRS Criminal Investigations


Hear from Don Fort, head of the criminal investigation division of the IRS, as he discusses some of the biggest trends in financial crime and law enforcement today. 

Chief Fort will discuss ways in which CI has leveraged data, public-private partnerships, and international collaborations to stay one step ahead of financial criminals.


Attendees will learn:

  • Innovative ways that IRS-CI uses public-private partnerships to move the needle in financial investigations
  • How data analytics have enabled IRS-CI to rise about budget shortfalls and make the best use of the significant amounts of data they have access to
  • What are today’s trends and what is the future of financial crime in the U.S.?
  • One hundred years after CI was born, what has changed in financial crime?

Every government speaker talks about the need for more public-private partnerships as a best practice.  But IRS-CI takes this a step further.  It is no longer a best practice, it’s mandatory if we want to solve the most sophisticated financial crimes.  None of us can solve the financial crime problem on our own and criminals are counting on us NOT working together.  We have a shared goal of detecting and stopping criminal activity, and collaboration is how we move the needle.  In areas where it works, criminals are going to jail for this conduct – where it doesn’t, we are simply not as successful. 

Data analytics is not an new topic, but it is certainly one that fits well with the IRS-CI mission and with the tools at its disposal.  While ability to manage data is one of the keys to IRS-CI's investigative success, keeping up with criminals demands smarter responses.  Online banking, virtual currency and other types of technology continue to provide challenges to financial investigations. 


IRS-CI is a very proud agency, sometimes known as the silent service, but its mission has always been clear.  IRS-CI has always been about tax.  While others investigate financial crimes, no one else can investigate tax.


This webinar is eligible for 1 CFCS credit. A recording of the presentation, slides, and certificate of participation will be available for ACFCS members only.

About the Presenters

Don Fort, Chief, Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI)

John D. (Don) Fort is the Chief, Criminal Investigation, headquartered in Washington, DC.  He was appointed to the position in June 2017 and heads the IRS Division responsible for investigating criminal violations of the tax code and related financial crimes. Mr. Fort oversees a worldwide staff of nearly 3,000 CI employees, including approximately 2,100 special agents.


Prior to his current position, Mr. Fort served as the Deputy Chief for three years.  Chief Fort began his IRS career in 1991 as a Special Agent in Baltimore and later served as Supervisory Special Agent, Orlando, Florida; Senior Analyst and Acting Director, Office of Special Investigative Techniques; Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Baltimore and Washington DC Field Offices; Special Agent in Charge of the Philadelphia Field Office; and Deputy Director of Strategy, CI Headquarters.

Mr. Fort entered the Senior Executive Service in January 2011 when he was appointed to serve as a Director of Field Operations, the position he held until his appointment as Deputy Chief, CI.  Mr. Fort has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Management with a minor in Accounting from Gettysburg College.  Mr. Fort is a licensed CPA in the State of Virginia and is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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