Michael G. Kessler has conducted hundreds of complex investigations, forensic audits and computer forensic examinations and has been retained by some of the nation’s leading attorneys, corporations and government agencies for assistance and training. He has also planned, organized and supervised inter-governmental task forces dealing with white-collar crimes. Mr. Kessler has supervised some of the largest white collar operations conducted in New York State including the investigations of Jessica Hahn, and Leona Helmsley.
Additionally, Mr. Kessler has been classified as an expert in the area of forensic accounting and computer forensics and has provided his expertise for many defense and plaintiff cases involving fraud, embezzlement, malpractice, damage calculations, real estate, intellectual property, construction, insurance, estates, hospitality, health care, money laundering, high technology and computer crimes. He has also been tasked by Fortune 500 companies, federal and state government agencies and professional associations to develop and execute forensic audit training programs for their staff. Mr. Kessler has also been requested to be an Independent Private Sector Inspector General for corporations and government agencies.
Mr. Kessler is currently the President and CEO of Kessler International, a global forensic accounting, computer forensics and investigative consulting firm. He has held the position of Deputy Inspector General for the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Chief of Investigations for New York State Department of Tax and Finance, Director of the New York State Revenue Crimes Bureau and Assistant Chief Auditor for the New York State Special Prosecutor (NYS Attorney General). Previously, he had been employed by Blue Cross/Blue Shield of New York as a senior field auditor. Mr. Kessler holds a BS in Accounting and MBA in Executive Management from St. John’s University and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Business from Pace University. Mr. Kessler also regularly attends professional training sessions as both as a student and instructor maintaining his certifications by obtaining continuing education in computer forensics, forensic accounting and the various software applications used to conduct his examinations. He has served or serves as a consultant to the Special Investigations Unit of the Nassau County District Attorney and the York County, PA District Attorney. Mr. Kessler is regularly called upon by CNN, ABC News, CBS News, Fox Television and various newspapers and magazines to provide his expert opinion on a news breaking story.
Mr. Kessler is licensed in New York State as a Business Education and Accounting Instructor and by NY, NJ, FL, AZ, MI, CT, GA, PA, CA, IL, WA and Puerto Rico as a Private Investigator. He has served as an instructor at Hofstra University and has been qualified as a Certified Forensic Accountant, Certified Internal Controls Auditor, Certified Fraud Examiner and a Board Certified Forensic Examiner and is a Dipolmate of the American Board of Forensic Accounting. Mr. Kessler has also attained Fellow status with the American Board of Forensic Examiners and has been qualified in a number of jurisdictions as an Expert in the area of forensic accounting and computer forensics. He has served on the Litigation Forensics Board of the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts and is currently the Chairman of the American College of Forensic Examiners International – Executive Board of Forensic Accounting and is a member of the IT committee of The Institute for Internal Controls. Mr. Kessler has also attained accreditation from the Academy of Experts in the United Kingdom.
Mr. Kessler has received letters of commendation from government officials throughout the country. In 1984 he received the Outstanding Citizenship Award from the City of New York for his exemplary service to the city. Mr. Kessler is the editor of “The Kessler Report,” numerous trade publication articles and a co- author of “Fraud Audit Review Manual for Hospitals” published by the HCFA-HHS.