About Us

Seeing The World Beyond Numbers

Fraud Forces, Inc. offers high quality Continuing Professional Education and Continuing Legal Education courses to professionals.

Our Team

Joseph Petrucelli is the author of Detecting Fraud in Organizations: Techniques, Tools, and Resources—published by Wiley, February 2013.

Since 2008 Mr. Petrucelli has been an adjunct professor at the College of Staten Island. He has taught and continues to teach undergraduate courses such as Introduction to Accounting, Intermediate Accounting, Federal Income Taxation, and Cost Accounting. Mr. Petrucelli also developed, and is currently teaching, a graduate level course on Forensic Accounting.

Mr. Petrucelli is the managing partner of PP&D Accounting Services, Inc., a New Jersey Corporation established in 2001. PP&D Accounting Services, Inc. is currently located at 263 Main Street in Woodbridge, New Jersey 07095. Mr. Petrucelli’s duties include managing a full time, professional accounting staff that provides various services including (but not limited to) matrimonial litigation, labor dispute resolution and union arbitration, contract dispute resolution, shareholder dispute, mortgage resolution, asset recovery, estate taxation, estate planning, business and individual tax preparation, litigation support, auditing, financial statement preparation, assistance with corporate and individual financing, guardianships, business valuation and troubled individual and company financial workout accounting.

Clientele include local unions, lawyers, matrimonial clientele, residential and commercial developers, property management companies, construction companies (both residential and commercial), title insurance companies, assorted types of contractors, fuel oil companies, mortgage bankers, hotels and restaurants, real estate agents, video gaming enterprises, insurance companies, import and export companies, and other retail and wholesale clients.

With regard to his accounting and forensic practices, Mr. Petrucelli has testified in civil court proceedings, participated in arbitrations and mediations, and prepared various reports with regard to assorted frauds, real estate and mortgage valuations, business valuations, estates, guardianships, contract disputes, audits (including forensic audits), construction cost analyses and IRS tax resolutions. He participates in numerous evaluations of municipal budgets and financial statements, reviews union labor contracts and calculations, prepares economic damage analyses, assists in the preparation of pension actuary analyses, and deals in workout related matters pertaining to failing businesses or nonperforming loans. Mr. Petrucelli personally reviews and prepares an economic analysis with regard to the State of New Jersey budget. He is also retained for union negotiations and various cities’ and counties’ bargaining units throughout the State of New Jersey.

Contact Joe via e-mail at jpetrucelli@ppdaccounting.com.

Parag P. Patel, Esq. is a tax attorney with the Patel Law Offices in Metro Park, Iselin, NJ. Mr. Patel’s practice concentration is in tax, business transactions, international tax planning and estate planning.

Mr. Patel’s expertise is well sought after in all stages of civil and criminal tax controversies including, international tax law, offshore bank accounts and disclosures, civil/criminal examinations, IRS administrative appeals, and other complex litigation.  Mr. Patel has advocated over four dozen voluntary offshore tax disclosures before the Internal Revenue Service.

Mr. Patel is a Board Certified Estate Planning Law Specialist, Board Certified Elder Law Attorney, and frequent speaker on legal issues affecting tax, offshore tax planning, and estate planning.  Mr. Patel was recently named a New Jersey Super Lawyer by New Jersey Magazine for tax and estate planning. Mr. Patel has also received an AV rating from the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating System, which is the highest professional rating possible among lawyers. Mr. Patel is the 2012-13 Chairman of the Tax Law Committee of American Bar Association’s GP Solo and Small Firm Division. Mr. Patel also serves as part time Municipal Court Judge for Edison Township, NJ. Mr. Patel is a graduate of Georgetown (J.D.) and New York University (LL.M tax) law schools.  Mr. Patel is a member of the New Jersey State, New York State, Middlesex County, and American Bar Associations.  Mr. Patel has offices in New Jersey and New York, and can be reached vie e-mail at mail@PatelLawOffices.com.

JOHN J. SCURA III, ESQ., Managing Partner, SCURA, MEALEY, WIGFIELD & HEYER, LLP, Admitted to the bar 1993, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern District of New York.  Education: University of South Florida (B.A., cum laude, 1988), Member, University Athletic Council; Seton Hall University Law School (J.D., cum laude 1993), Articles Editor, 1992-1993, Journal of Sport Law, Author: Comment, The Time Has Come: Ending the Anti-Trust Non-Enforcement Policy in Professional Sports, 2 Seton Hall Journal of Sport Law; Juvenile Justice Clinic, 1992; Law Clerk and Case Manager, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, New York, NY, January 1989-August 1990, June 1991-May 1992.  Law Clerk to the Honorable Herman D. Michels, Presiding Judge, Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division, 1993-1994; Lecturer, Bankruptcy Basics@ (Institute for Continuing Legal Education 2000) Lecturer, Trying Your First Commercial Case@ (Institute for Continuing Legal Education 2001), Lecturer, “Commercial Litigation Procedure and Substance” (Institute for Continuing Legal Education 2007).  Certifications: Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney.  Member: New Jersey State Bar Association; Passaic County (N.J.) Bar Association (Trustee); Million Dollar Advocates Forum; American Trial Lawyers Association of New Jersey, The Association of Trial Lawyers of America.  PRACTICE AREAS: Complex Commercial Litigation;  Bankruptcy Litigation; Insurance Coverage Issues; Plaintiff’s Personal Injury;   Consumer Fraud; Construction Defects; Medical Malpractice; Employment Law Counseling and Litigation; Wills, Trusts and Estates and Related Litigation; OTHER: Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Passaic County, Member of the Board of Directors, Volunteer 1990-2000, Big Brother of the Year 1991 and 1995.  Email: jscura@scuramealey.com – Firm Site www.scuramealey.com.

Walt Pavlo is a contributor to Forbes.com where he writes about white-collar crime. He is the co-author of Stolen Without A Gun, which he co-wrote with Neil Weinberg (Editor-in-Chief at American Banker). Mr. Pavlo’s story has been a part of training programs at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, major corporations and top ranked MBA programs across the country. He is also an on-air contributor on the topic of white-collar crime for CNBC and FOX Business.

Walt Pavlo is the founder of www.500PearlStreet.com, which is a website dedicated to providing information on current white-collar crime cases with the purpose of educating people on the major cases in our court system. His program is integrated into a number of leading universities as a supplement to teaching forensic accounting, auditing, law and ethics. Mr. Pavlo is a nationally recognized speaker on white-collar crime and he gave a keynote address at the annual conference of Certified Fraud Examiners. He has also given presentations to key focus groups such as the Center for Audit Quality. He has also been a contributing panel member on numerous programs for the American Institute of CPAs and the Institute of Internal Auditors. Mr. Pavlo specializes in helping corporate leaders and their people understand how fraud starts within an organization by providing insight into the motivations of perpetrators and the opportunities they see when they commit crimes within a company.

Mr. Pavlo was recruited by the Federal Bureau of Investigation to lead training and discussions on financial fraud in the corporate environment in order to create awareness that fraud can exist in any workplace. His case has been cited in numerous textbooks and periodicals as a classic story of how a lack of proper mentoring and support within an organization can lead to poor decisions. His story has been featured on ABC Nightline, The Katie Couric Show and the NBC Today Show.

Mr. Pavlo earned his B.S. in Industrial Engineering from West Virginia University and his MBA in Finance from Mercer University.

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