CSI Accountants


In the movie, “The Other Guys” starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg, Ferrell plays the role of a police officer who is also a forensic accountant.  Sounds exciting, right? A forensic accountant cop – who knew they really existed?

When people see or hear the word “forensic” they almost immediately think of C.S.I. (Miami, New York, LA – take your pick).  The thought of cops probing through various evidentiary materials, using their fingerprint kits, and effortlessly solving the “big case” rush through your mind.  Exciting, cool, suave – you get the picture.


When you hear or read the words forensic accountant do you have the same thoughts?…probably not.   You might think boring, mundane, and monotonous.  But, you couldn’t be further from the truth.  Forensic accountants have been described as part investigator, part auditor, part attorney, and part accountant.  Just like the C.S.I. guys, forensic accountants dig deep into cases, looking at financial fingerprints, and unraveling mysteries.

Forensic accountants are often Certified Public Accountants with additional certifications such as CFE (Certified Fraud Examiner) or CFF (Certified in Financial Forensics).  This is a profession where knowledge, training, and experience are vital for the success of the professional and client.

When do I know that I need to hire a forensic accountant?  In some cases, it’s fairly evident such as in situations where you think there may be fraud or embezzlement.  But, there are other instances like divorce, bankruptcy, and mergers when a forensic accountant should be involved.

If you ever think you may need a forensic accountant be sure to do your homework –  A forensic accountant should have a strong knowledge of accounting and financial analysis, curiosity, discretion, sound professional judgment and an ability to listen effectively and communicate clearly.  They should be able to consider alternatives, scrutinize the fine details and at the same time see the big picture.

Remember, some of the most famous crimes were solved by forensic accountants – Al Capone, Bernie Madoff, Enron, Tyco, WorldCom – the list goes on.  I can see it now…CPA CSI on CBS.

Martin Russo

Martin Russo

Business Development Director

Morey, Nee, Buck & Oswald, LLC

Phone: 610-882-1000

Fax: 610-882-2418



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I am the founder and principal partner of Bradway Partners, a Philadelphia-area business development firm. As principal partner, I am responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the company, seeking new clients, and maintaining relationships with existing clients. I am equipped with over ten years of experience in the sales and marketing industry. Prior to founding Bradway Partners, I worked with leading companies in the medical and retail field. For nearly a decade, I have been helping companies grow their businesses, achieving considerable success even as the economy tumbled. During my time with various companies, I noticed a trend: Slow business wasn’t always necessarily a result of the economy but was often due to insufficient business development. Recognizing an opportunity, I decided to open my own business development firm. As founder and principal partner of Bradway Partners, I work with a wide range of clients to generate sales leads, design marketing plans, and conduct recruiting seminars. By outsourcing these tasks to Bradway Partners, companies are able to focus on their core business and client base. I earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from University of Phoenix, and work tirelessly to stay current with the latest marketing trends and strategies, including social media platforms. My passion and drive has helped Bradway Partners achieve success in a short period of time, and I expect the firm to grow even further as more companies recognize the value of outsourcing business development

Posted on June 27, 2013, in BradwayBlogDaily and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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