Forensic Consultant Stephen Hironaka On Criminal Tax Investigations: Part II


Forensic consultant and former IRS CID and Hawaii Tax Department Criminal Investigator Stephen Hironaka shares his thoughts on common investigatory methods used by forensic investigators, including the notorious bank deposits method. Mr. Hironaka also explains how a forensic consultant can assist legal counsel during an investigation or trial. Mr. Hironaka explains his thoughts on potential weaknesses in the bank deposits method, including problems related to cash transactions or a cash hoard. Mr. Hironaka relates his observations on the problems for businesses operating in cash, including vulnerability to employee theft and civil audits.

Mr. Hironaka is available to assist legal counsel in criminal and civil legal proceedings to include facilitating counsel’s understanding of financial activities and transactions, testifying in court as an expert witness, and preparing visual aids to support trial evidence. He is able to analyze financial evidence and communicate his findings in the form of reports and exhibits. Due to his extensive professional background, Mr. Hironaka is familiar with operative legal concepts and forensic procedures. Criminal defense applications may involve tax crimes, embezzlement, fraud, bribery, Ponzi schemes, money laundering, identity theft and forgery. Civil litigation aspects may involve divorce, child support, alimony, and other issues of a financial nature.

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