The Falcon Associates
The Falcon Consulting Group Associates are former federal, state, and local law enforcement officers who have held Top Secret clearances with the U.S. Government. They are enforcement officials and financial professionals with extensive experience in a wide variety of investigative and security disciplines, such as referenced above. Falcon Associates have experience in both domestic and international matters and are strategically located to address its clients’ global needs.
Among Falcon Associates are Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), CPAs, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, and Attorneys of Law. Several Falcon Associates hold doctoral and master degrees in relevant fields, such as referenced above. Additionally, Falcon Associates maintain professional certifications such as Certified Fraud Examiner (CPE) and Certified Protection Professional (CPP) from internationally recognized professional organizations.
Lionel Baren has some 30 years of law enforcement experience. Mr. Baren has an MBA with a concentration in Finance from the University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA. Mr. Baren has a BS in Business Administration from the University of Maryland, College Park, MD.
Mr. Baren enjoyed a distinguished career of over 22 years with the FBI where he rose to the position of Supervisory Special Agent; provisionally acting as an Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) within the Boston office. As a Special Agent, Mr. Baren handled various criminal matters such as Money Laundering, Terrorism, National Security Investigations, narcotics, organized crime, public corruption, and Indian Reservation Matters. Mr. Baren functioned in significant undercover roles during his career and has extensive experience in Police Training.
After retiring from the FBI, Mr. Baren worked for the U.S. Department of The Treasury, Office of Technical Affairs (OTA) with assignments in Afghanistan, Jamaica, and Suriname. In Afghanistan, Mr. Baren was assigned to the Major Crimes Task Force (MCTF) where he facilitated law enforcement capacity assessment and development; focusing upon the strengthening and maturation of the Afghan MCTF to investigate organized crime, narcotics, money laundering, kidnapping, frauds, and terrorism. In Jamaica, Mr. Baren facilitated law enforcement capacity assessment and development; focusing upon the strengthening and maturation of Jamaica’s Constabulary Force (JFU) to investigate public corruption, money laundering, narcotics, tax evasion, and lottery scams in conjunction with foreign police cooperation. Mr. Baren, in-kind, focused upon the strengthening and maturation of Suriname’s national police force, Korps Politie Suriname (KPS) and Customs, to investigate public corruption, narcotics, money laundering, and tax evasion in conjunction with foreign police cooperation. In both assignments, Mr. Baren worked closely with that country’s FINCEN equivalent.
Mr. Baren is the developer of the Work Place Violence (WPV) training program offered by Falcon. Mr. Baren devoted significant time to the development of the WPV training program which also incorporates Active Shooter instruction.
Mr. Baren is a veteran of the U.S. Army and was assigned as a Special Agent, US Army Criminal Investigations Division Command in Germany and the United States. Mr. Baren conducted an investigation of white-collar crimes, domestic abuse, narcotics, homicide and other violent crimes, sex crimes, burglary, auto theft, and general larceny.
Brian Berntson is a veteran of twenty-two years with IRS-Criminal Investigation, during which time he personally conducted numerous complex criminal tax, money laundering and Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) investigations involving international organized crime, white-collar oﬀenses, drug traﬃcking organizations, theft of government funds, alien harboring, bank, wire and mail fraud, public corruption, major fraud against the government, and others. Additionally, Brian Berntson was assigned to several diﬀerent task forces, to include: Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), Global Illicit Financial Team (GIFT), Operation LOGJAM, and the Federal Gang Task Force (FGTF) and he directed the investigative activities of other task force members. A member of the IRS- Criminal Investigation, Money Laundering Expert Witness (MLEW) cadre for twelve years and testiﬁed as an expert in seven criminal trials relating to money laundering and Bank Secrecy Act matters. Mr. Bernston has also provided training to federal and state agents, financial institution personnel, and federal and state prosecutors, relating to conducting financial, money laundering, and BSA investigations. Mr. Bernston is also an Expert Witness in matters involving Money Laundering and Bank Secrecy Act.
Mr. Bernston has a BA in Sociology with an emphasis in Law and Criminology, University of Minnesota. Mr. Bernston is also a Certiﬁed Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS).
Michael L. Corrado
Michael L. Corrado has 32 years of law enforcement experience with 21 years at the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office (ACPO), Mays Landing, NJ.
Mr. Corrado’s last position was Captain with oversight of the Homicide, Forensics, Sex Crimes and Crimes against Children Units. In this position, Mr. Corrado managed eight operational squads, reviewed case investigations and prepared cases for indictment and prosecution, as well as promulgate annual reports, administer budgets and facilitate grants. Mr. Corrado directed both sworn and civilian staff and also coordinated multi-jurisdictional teams. In addition to his regular duties, he has served as Tactical Commander, a former SWAT member, a member of the FBI ViCAP National Advisory Board, and president of the International Homicide Investigators Association.
Mr. Corrado is currently serving as the Government Services and Training Coordinator for the International Homicide Investigator’s Association, coordinating nationwide law enforcement training with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, also a consultant with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.
Gary has over 25 years of investigative and management experience with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, in addition to several years within the physical security and CPA professions. Mr. Dagan is a highly decorated Special Agent with expertise and success in numerous cross-functional areas, including corporate security, financial crimes investigations, anti-money laundering, forensic accounting, audit/risk management, in addition to the development and delivery of training programs to internal and external forums, both domestic and international.
While with the FBI, Mr. Dagan held various FBI Headquarters’ positions, to include the management and oversight of the FBI’s Economic Crimes Programs, which encompassed corporate fraud, securities/commodities fraud, insurance fraud, and mass-marketing fraud. He subsequently had oversight of the FBI’s Computer Intrusions Program, where he was a U.S. representative assigned to the G8 High-Tech Crime Subgroup (G8 member countries), that strengthened international efforts to combat computer-related crimes. Mr. Dagan also supervised the first Terrorist Financing Task Force, resulting from the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Mr. Dagan led many successful task forces, to include a 10-Agency Corporate Fraud Task Force, an International Prime Bank Fraud Task Force, and the Joint Caribbean White-Collar Crime Investigation Team. Mr. Dagan also has extensive international experience, having led multiple joint investigative matters and providing training to personnel in over 25 countries. Subsequent to his extensive FBI career, Mr. Dagan was responsible for internal investigations and the physical security of over 400 corporate offices and branch locations of a large regional bank.
Mr. Dagan has a MS in Economic Crime Management, Utica College, and a BA in Business Administration & Accounting, Mercyhurst College. Mr. Dagan is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), and has a Certification in Financial Forensics.
Jack Jupin is President and CEO of Jupin International, LLC. Jack Jupin has more than 23 years with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Jack Jupin has significant experience in white-collar crime, fraud, and internal investigations, as well as international terrorism and intelligence operations. Jack Jupin served as Supervisory Special Agent of both the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force and the FBI Newark SWAT Team. In 2010, Jack received the U.S. Attorney General’s Director Award for superior performance by a litigation team. He also previously received the CIA award for outstanding performance in joint activities against the counterterrorism target in 2004. Jack has significant international investigative experience and has served in the role of acting Assistant Legat Attache’ in Amman, Jordan. Jack Jupin graduated from the University of Dayton in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice.
Philip E. George
Mr. George is a retired Detective Inspector, Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) completing a 39-year career in law enforcement. Mr. George rose to the rank of Detective Inspector – Deputy Director of the OPP Criminal Investigative Branch. Mr. George’s last position was with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in Afghanistan where he mentored senior Afghan Police members. Prior to joining the RCMP, Mr. George spent several years with the OPP in a variety of assignments including OPP executive management.
Mr. George is an expert in investigations concerning public and internal complaints including but not limited to homicide and multi-jurisdictional sexual assault investigations as well as investigation procedures such as polygraph, wiretaps, search warrants and surveillance techniques. Mr. George has also lectured on the use of polygraph, interviewing/interrogation techniques, body language, wiretap law and major case management.
Mr. George is a veteran of the Royal Canadian Air Force Reserve. Mr. George is also a Certified Master Diver Trainer (SCUBA Instructor) with the Professional Association of Dive Instructors (PADI) including instructing Specialized Diving Certifications, as well as a Certified Instructor for First Aid Training through both Emergency First Responder (EFR) and the Divers Alert Network (DAN).
B.C. Hamilton is recently retired from the FDIC after serving 26 years as a Commissioned Safety & Soundness Examiner, BSA/AML Subject Matter Expert and Bank Liquidation Specialist. During his career, Mr. Hamilton provided extensive and in-depth training for the examination, AML and liquidation processes and procedures to FDIC and state regulatory personnel, as well as to regulators, management and counsel from over 50 foreign countries. Since retirement, he has provided the same extensive training in-country to foreign Central Bank staff in the Caribbean, South America, Africa, and Eastern Europe.
Sidney Luther is a results-oriented professional with extensive experience and education as, a proven criminal investigator and private security professional to include; investigations, security planning, and risk management coordination. Sidney Luther has extensive training and experience in fraud investigations, dynamic group and event security planning and coordination, as well as, dignity protection, risk assessment, and intensive security coordination. Sidney Luther is a proven leader who is committed to actions that are driven by predicting problems and issues through experience, the aggressive use of data, intelligence, and public and professional perceptions. Sidney Luther recently left his position as an executive-level professional with the Hartford Insurance Company. With the “Hartford”, Sidney Luther handled public corruption, internal and external audits, employee conduct investigations as well as various fraud investigations. Prior to the “Hartford”, Sidney Luther served as a security specialist with ABC/ESPN Sports. In that capacity, Sidney Luther coordinated and managed risks for large-scale entertainment events around the world. Sidney Luther was responsible for advanced security site surveys of venues to determine security needs and manage risks. Sidney Luther handled dignitary protection for high profile sports professionals around the world in complex and high threat environments. Sidney Luther developed professional contacts around the globe while employed by ABC/ESPN Sports. Sidney Luther had a distinguished career with the Connecticut State Police. Sidney Luther has more than 20 years of supervisory experience with the Connecticut State Police in a variety of capacities to include emergency management, major criminal investigations, long term, and strategic undercover investigations. Sid was involved in all facets of these undercover operations including planning, coordination, and supervision. Sid also has extensive experience working in an undercover capacity for the Connecticut State Police.
Michael J. Morrision
Michael J. Morrison spent over 30 years with the IRS-CID. Mr. Morrison conducted investigations of stock fraud, narcotics, money laundering, Ponzi schemes, identity theft, organized crime and racketeering, embezzlement, and political corruption. Mr. Morrison has expertise in interview and interrogation as well as human intelligence (HUMIT) development.
Following retirement from IRS-CID, Mr. Morrison was deployed to Afghanistan with the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. Mr. Morrison conducted contract corruption, bribery, theft, and terrorist/insurgency investigations on military Forward Operating Bases (FOBS) throughout the Afghan war zone. These investigations were conducted along with agents from the U.S. military, civilian and Afghan investigative organizations. Mr. Morrison is also an Emergency Medical Technician.
Matt Weachter has 14 years of law enforcement experience after obtaining police certifications in both the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (MPOETC) and State of New Jersey (NJPTC). Matt Weacheter served with the Borough of Morton Police Department (Delaware County, Pa) for 3 years as well as the Delaware River Port Authority Police Department (DRPA- PA/NJ) for 12 years. While serving with the DRPA Police Department, Matt Weachter obtained the rank of Acting Corporal of Police. In addition, Matt Weachter trained in several specialty areas (Police Supervision, FBI Investigator, Crime Scene Investigation, Crash Investigation – Crash I & II, Field Training Officer, Juvenile Justice, and Open Water Rescue. Matt Weachter was also a member of the Marine Unit while with the DRPA Police Department. After leaving the DRPA Police Department, Matt Weachter worked as an Executive Protection Specialist with Pinkerton and was detailed to the Democratic National Convention – Philadelphia 2016 and Charlotte Civil Unrest-2016.
Philip Wrona’s 39 years of professional experience covers a wide range of security and investigative specialties. He held positions with a large city police department, populous urban county security and safety department, several federal agencies and the U.S. military. Mr. Wrona earned a Master of Arts in Security Studies from the Naval Postgraduate School, is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and is board-certified and credentialed as Certified Protection Professional (CPP) by ASIS International*. Mr. Wrona also holds licenses from the Ohio Peace Officer Training Council as a Special Subject Instructor and Private Police and Security Training Instructor.
Among positions held during his federal career, Mr. Wrona was a Supervisory Special Agent with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Special Agent with the Department of Treasury and the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. Mr. Wrona completed assignments in the Middle East, Africa and Europe. He has small business experience in the United States as well as experience working for a Fortune 500 company in Iraq.
As a federal employee, Mr. Wrona was responsible for programs involving Homeland Security Operations, Critical Infrastructure Protection, and Security Program Administration. In 2003, he was responsible for standing up Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) offices in Michigan and Ohio and being on the team responsible for creating the agency’s 5-Year Strategic Plan. While with ICE, he twice supervised intelligence functions and coordinated agency participation in the Joint Terrorism Task Force. In his final assignment with DHS, he was responsible for managing the DHS, Office of Inspector General offices in Arizona. Mr. Wrona has conducted investigations into all manner of violent and non-violent crime to include matters involving Internal Employee Misconduct and Ethical Compliance, External Fraud and Theft, and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Mr. Wrona is an expert in procurement fraud.
*The ASIS CPP certification has been awarded the Support Anti-Terrorism by Fostering Effective Technology (Safety) Act Designation by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The purpose of the SAFETY Act of 2002 was to ensure that the threat of liability does not deter the use of services and products to combat terrorism. Therefore, the Act will provide benefits in the event of a terrorist-related incident. There are several benefits in relying on services provided by SAFETY Act Designation personnel from a presumption of dismissal of a lawsuit and a cap on damages awarded to knowing that the guidelines used are Best Practice and also have SAFETY Act status. Clients who use Certified Protection Professional can often walk away from destructive and wasteful lawsuits alleging that not enough was done to defend against or respond to acts of terrorism. Additionally, the Act precludes third party damages against organizations that followed ASIS standards and guidelines which reduces overall litigation exposure. An example of protections afforded against terror-related liability claims is as follows. A CPP follows the ASIS’ Facilities Physical Security Measures Guideline in reviewing your physical security assets and makes recommendations that you follow. A terrorist incident occurs and there is a loss of life and property. Claims alleging that the CPP certification was insufficient or that ASIS’ guidelines were deficient should be immediately dismissed by a federal court.
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Thomas W. Raftery III
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The Falcon Consulting Group is a leading provider of due diligence and investigative services, litigation support, risk assessment, and security solutions worldwide.
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