John Hanson – Artifice Forensic Financial Services, LLC

Practice/Organization Description

John is the founder and Executive Director of Artifice. He has over 24 years of fraud investigations, forensic accounting, corporate compliance & ethics, and auditing experience. John has applied his extensive experience in these areas across a wide array of areas and industries, frequently assisting counsel, government agencies and companies with internal corporate investigations and other matters arising from alleged fraud or misconduct.

John is a recognized thought leader and expert in the field of Independent Corporate Monitoring, a relatively new practice area involving the imposition of an independent third party by a government agency or department upon a corporation to verify that corporation’s compliance with the terms of a settlement agreement between the corporation and the government. John has previously served in a leadership role in a federal Corporate Monitorship and was involved in four significant federal Monitorships, two as the named Monitor, one as the "Independent Business Ethics Program Evaluator", and the fourth in support of the named Monitor. In these roles, John has reported to the Department of Justice, the Department of Transportation, the Department of Interior, the Small Business Administration, the Federal Highway Administration and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.

As a member of the American Bar Association's Corporate Monitors Standards Committee, John helped create formal Standards and best practices for Corporate Monitors. He is a frequently sought speaker on the topic and has provided practical advice, ideas and strategies to lawyers, government officials, and corporate executives involved in such matters, as well as newly appointed Corporate Monitors. John also maintains a monthly column on Corporate Compliance Insights entitled "Inside the Mind of an Independent Corporate Monitor."

John’s diverse corporate compliance & ethics, fraud investigations, audit, accounting, finance, legal, regulatory, business operations and management, internal controls, training, international, fraud risk & vulnerability, interviewing and quality control experience, combined with his actual service as a Corporate Monitor and passionate commitment to “best practices” in Monitorships, has enabled him to significantly reduce the anxiety and effects of "Post Traumatic Settlement Disorder" that organizations face, as well as help them successfully emerge from government Settlement Agreements with robust and effective Corporate Compliance & Ethics Programs and internal controls.

Prior to Artifice, John spent over five years as a leader in the fraud investigations and forensic accounting practice of a large publicly traded international financial consulting firm, where he focused on helping companies and other entities prevent, detect, respond to and resolve issues associated with fraud or questions of corporate integrity.

John was also a Special Agent with the FBI, where for nearly 10 years he specialized in White Collar Crime and investigated a wide variety of complex fraud schemes and financial crimes. For his last two years in the FBI, John served as a Supervisory Special Agent and Instructor at the FBI Academy, the premier law enforcement training Academy in the world, where he developed and implemented fraud and investigative training curriculum for New Agent Trainees and conducted advanced fraud related in-service training for experienced FBI Agents.

Prior to the FBI, he spent five years as the Director of Internal Audit and Quality Control for a large privately held mortgage origination and servicing company.

John is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (LA), a Certified Fraud Examiner and a Certified Compliance & Ethics Professional.


BS - Accounting, University of New Orleans

Professional Associations & Memberships



1101 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Suite 600
Washington, DC 20004, United States

  • 202-590-7702

Areas of Practice
  • Accounting
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • Ethics & Compliance
  • Expert Witness Services
  • Financial Services
  • Firm/Practice Management
  • Investigation Services
  • Training & Education
  • Trial Consulting
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