Gina Edwards, CFE, CAMS Expert Witness

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  • Company: Ascalon Analytics LLC
  • Phone: (239) 293-3640
  • Cell: (239) 293-3640
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Specialties & Experience of this Expert Witness

General Specialties:

Fraud and Investigation

Keywords/Search Terms:

Data analytics, machine learning, fraud, financial crime, forensic accounting, securities fraud, complex investigations, asset investigations, investment due diligence, proxy contests, shareholder disputes, risk assessment for mergers and acquisitions, public records research, public corruption, AML


Master of Science, Accountancy, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, George Mason University

Years in Practice:


Additional Information

Investigations director and research consultant. Former national award-winning investigative reporter and private investigative agency owner with 20+ years of experience specializing in complex investigations, public records research, and data analytics. Leading edge data analytics skills including Python, Jupyter Labs, R Studio, Alteryx, Microsoft Access, ESRI, QGIS. Coursework in machine learning. Master of Science in Accountancy, CPA candidate. Licensed investigative agency (#A2700239). Have provided investigative work to Fortune 500 companies, hedge funds, private equity firms, venture capital funds, foundations, family offices, private companies, law firms, and accounting firms. Have supervised and conducted investigations in the Americas, Europe, Asia, Middle East, Africa and Australia. Assist clients with assessing risk for mergers and acquisitions, public, private, and cross-border. Conduct extensive investigations for investment due diligence, asset investigations, litigation support, shareholder disputes, bankruptcy and regulatory matters. Specialize in securities fraud, organized crime and corruption. Assist both activist investors and public companies with in-depth research regarding proxy contests. On behalf of clients, have uncovered multiple material misrepresentations and omissions, undisclosed related party transactions, potential fraudulent transfers, potential bribes and bid rigging, instances of resume and investment misrepresentations, poor corporate governance, and reputational risks related to criminal, financial, regulatory and personal misconduct. Data analytics experience includes obtaining, joining and analyzing large-scale data sets encompassing millions of records to uncover investigative findings and patterns. Use geographic information system software with satellite imagery to uncover hidden assets and inventory and critical regulatory and business information. Have filed more than 1,000 public records requests during career and made use of broad knowledge of public records laws to obtain information efficiently and effectively. Expertise in libel and defamation defense. Have uncovered evidence of fraud involving hundreds of millions of dollars related to securities fraud, pump-and-dump market manipulation, mortgage fraud, real estate fraud, hedge funds, mortgage-backed securities, PIPEs, and Ponzi schemes. Certified Fraud Examiner. Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist. Prolific writer and editor able to synthesize complex material. Have received more than three dozen journalism awards, including national awards from Investigative Reporters & Editors and the Scripps Howard Foundation. Nominated by newspaper chain for Pulitzer Prize consideration related to public corruption and securities fraud reporting. Investigation Highlights • Research and due diligence support for $1 billion acquisition of large conglomerate in cross-border transaction that was subject to approval by various government agencies. Examined regulatory and litigation records to support legal team with research on the acquisition to assist in preparing for government reviews. • Securities fraud investigation involving complex fact patterns and more than three dozen entities in Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Uncovered potential material misrepresentations and omissions and undisclosed related party transactions. • Consulting and in-depth research for both activist investors and public companies for proxy contests. • Investigation that uncovered undisclosed related party transactions resulting in departure of multiple c-suite executives. • Multiple data-driven investigations including analysis of millions of property records using geographic information system (GIS) software and satellite imagery to uncover hidden inventory, assets, entities and joint ventures. Creation of searchable online databases for clients. • Corruption investigations involving bribery, bid rigging, prosecutor and police misconduct