About Us

Fraud Forces, Inc. offers high quality in-house training programs for government organizations, corporations and universities.  We also offer Continuing Professional Education and Continuing Legal Education courses to professionals.  Based on in-depth research on real case studies, we put audiences in the front row of actual cases by putting those on the front line behind the podium to tell their story.

Our Team

Joseph Petrucelli is the author of Preventing Fraud and Mismanagement in Government Systems (Wiley 2016) and Detecting Fraud in Organizations: Techniques, Tools, and Resources (Wiley 2013).

Since 2008 Petrucelli has been an adjunct professor at the College of Staten Island where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses  in Accounting, Federal Income Taxation, and Forensic Accounting.

Petrucelli is a founding partner of PP&D Accounting in Woodbridge, NJ.  Petrucelli is often cited in the media and professional journals for his work as a forensic accountant. He has been qualified and has testified as expert in many types of litigations in both state and federal courts.  As a Forensic Certified Public Accountant, he holds various certifications with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, National Association of Certified Valuation Analyst, National Association of Certified Valuation Analyst Forensic Academy, Forensic CPA Society and is a licensed CPA in NJ, NY and PA State Board of Accountancies.

Walt Pavlo is the president and co-founder of Prisonology, which provides consulting, expert testimony and continuing education on the federal prison system for law firms and their clients.  He is a contributor to Forbes.com and New York University School of Law’s Program on Compliance and Enforcement where he writes on white-collar crime.  Pavlo is the co-author of “Stolen Without a Gun”, which he co-wrote with Neil Weinberg (Reporter at Bloomberg). As a nationally recognized speaker he has conducted training programs at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, major corporations, law schools and top ranked MBA programs across the country.   Pavlo has been a featured contributor on CNBC, CNN, The Today Show, ABC Nightline and Fox Business.

He earned his B.S. in Industrial Engineering from West Virginia University and his MBA in Finance from Mercer University. He is also a Journalist Law School Fellow at Loyola Law School (2014).


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 [email protected].

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: [email protected] – Firm Site www.scuramealey.com.