With his extensive experience in forensic accounting, Tony Jordan ’95 has never had to look for work; instead, "employers have come to me," he told students in a visit to Isenberg in 2013. A partner with Ernst & Young in its Fraud Investigation & Dispute Services practice, Tony specializes in forensic accounting investigations, issues surrounding Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), and general business-related disputes.
“I loved doing puzzles as a kid. Now I do them at work,” he confesses. “In my work, every engagement is different from the previous one. There are common methodologies and approaches, but they ultimately go hand-in-hand with creative problem solving.” Over the years, Jordan’s investigations have encompassed two broad areas: manipulation of a company’s books and other financial statements, and outright fraud and embezzlement.
“It is critical,” he continues, “to establish who at a company has control over relevant transactions. Early on I create an informant list. I also assess the company’s order entry systems. The idea is to identify a chain of responsibility and activity. Then I pare it down.”
Tony joined Ernst & Young in January of 2014, after seven years as partner with the StoneTurn Group, which specializes in business and employment litigation, forensic accounting, and intellectual property issues. Before StoneTurn he worked for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission from 2003 to 2006, first as a staff accountant and then as an accounting Branch chief in the SEC’s Boston office. Earlier, he was at Deloitte and Arthur Andersen.
“Isenberg gave me a great foundation in accounting and ties to the accounting community that helped me to discover my specialty,” he remarks. “In that specialty, cases can be methodical, but almost every time out it’s energizing to see patterns emerge and solutions fall into place.”