DENNIS CRAWFORD

Dennis E Crawford has over 30 years of law enforcement, financial investigative and executive experience. Prior to starting his own firm with Edward L. Federico in 2005, Mr. Crawford was employed for two years by the Washington DC office of an international investigative firm. His entire government service of 28 years was in increasingly responsible positions with the IRS, Criminal Investigation Division.

Dennis CrawfordAt the investigative firm, Mr. Crawford performed a wide range of investigative activities primarily focused on assisting banks with both domestic and international money laundering issues. Most recently, Crawford and Federico led an independent review of correspondent bank accounts for a major banking institution. This independent review included identifying those correspondent account wires with the most risk, developing an investigative process, training and supervising a team of 14 investigators and researchers, developing a quality assurance program, briefing government regulators, preparing appropriate Suspicious Activity Reports, and finally, providing the in-house bank investigators with training enabling them to incorporate the process into their work.

In 2000, Mr. Crawford was selected as the first Deputy Chief, IRS Criminal Investigation (CI), with direct line responsibility for all of CI’s 4,500 employees and authority over all CI operations. As a member of the IRS Commissioner’s senior management team, he provided leadership, vision, and strategy direction to the IRS. Prior to his selection as the Deputy Chief, he served as CI’s Modernization Design Executive, responsible for the reorganization of CI into direct line authority from the Chief, to all levels of CI, thus eliminating several layers of bureaucracy.

During the period 1994 through 1999, Mr. Crawford served as the Deputy Director and then as the Director National Operations (CI). He chaired the IRS Undercover Review Committee that reviews and approves all undercover operations performed by CI. He developed, implemented, and monitored both a Tax and Money Laundering Strategy for CI to assure proper case selection and resource allocation. Mr. Crawford worked closely with the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) on Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) issues and was a member of FinCEN’s joint government and industry BSA Advisory Group. He was a member of United States Delegations to Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Plenary sessions and served on sub-committees for FATF and CFATF (Caribbean). Mr. Crawford has developed testimony, coordinated with, and testified before Congressional Committees.

Mr. Crawford has conducted and supervised significant tax and money laundering investigations throughout the United States. He began his career in 1974 as a Special Agent with IRS CI (then Intelligence Division) in Des Moines and served in CI management positions in Kansas City, San Antonio and Laguna Niguel. In 1987, Mr. Crawford was selected to head the IRS CI, Las Vegas Field Office and subsequently in 1991 to head the Los Angeles Field Office.