Anthony P. Valenti is a Stroz Friedberg Managing Director responsible for practice development and services for investigations, intelligence and due diligence. He specializes in matters related to civil and criminal litigation, government fraud, asset tracing, forensic accounting and special masters and monitoring assignments.
Since joining Stroz Friedberg in 2004, Mr. Valenti has expanded upon his investigative and consulting background to successfully resolve a multitude of client matters. He led a six-month money laundering investigation of a multi-national’s Swiss subsidiary, analyzing over $9 billion in transactions. In another prominent engagement, he directed a four-month independent investigation into allegations of misconduct by the Bishop of a New York diocese. Mr. Valenti has been commended for uncovering significant findings for a wide array of criminal investigations: a $7 million embezzlement from a high net worth individual, examination of fraudulent mortgage-backed securities, complex scrutiny of enterprise financial controls, plus malicious behavior by disgruntled corporate employees, such as illegal intrusions into system networks or other misconduct.
Notably, Federal prosecutors and courts have appointed Mr. Valenti to monitor in-home detentions of high-profile defendants, including financier Bernard Madoff and the Sabhanis, a Long Island, New York couple convicted of forced labor. Mr. Valenti was also appointed as Special Master by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York to make restitution to victims of a $17 million criminal fraud case.
Prior to joining Stroz Friedberg, Mr. Valenti held the position of Vice President and Senior Investigator for Citigroup. He was charged with training and managing a team of investigators who specialized in fraud detection and prevention. In this leadership role, he managed numerous investigations of suspected employee wrongdoing, external fraud, and insurance losses. There too he executed due diligence tasks for the company’s global affiliates and subsidiaries.
Before transitioning into the corporate sector, Mr. Valenti worked for over 25 years in federal law enforcement. During his time as a former IRS Special Agent and a Senior Criminal Investigator for the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, he spearheaded high-profile criminal investigations into public corruption, corporate fraud, and SEC violations.
A licensed Private Investigator in several states, Mr. Valenti is former National Treasurer of the Federal Criminal Investigators Association (FCIA), a fraternal organization of active and retired federal law enforcement officers. He remains the National Treasurer and Executive Director of the FCIA’s Endowment Fund which provides assistance for families of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.
Mr. Valenti holds a B.A. in Accounting from St. Francis College in Brooklyn, New York. He is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) and a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). He has given numerous lectures on “The Art of the Interview” at law firms’ continuing legal education programs, as well the New York City Bar Association.