Maria Tokarz is a Director of Forensic Accounting Services at V&A with more than fifteen years of accounting experience. Maria has handled a wide variety of wage-and-hour and wage theft investigations, focusing primarily on underpayment examinations in industries that include hospitality, hotels, banquet halls and restaurants, public and private sector construction, finance and insurance, security, medical and hospital facilities.
Prior to joining V&A, Maria worked as a forensic accountant in the Fraud Investigation and Dispute Services (FIDS) department at the public accounting firm, Ernst & Young LLP (EY). During her employment at EY, Maria conducted detailed gap analyses in the residential mortgage foreclosure process by tracing mortgages to assess and report instances of potential borrower’s harm in response to a Consent Order (CO) issued by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. In addition, Maria performed compliance investigations to identify deficiencies in the filing of Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) pertaining to money laundering, check and wire frauds, forgeries, identity fraud, and investment scam cases. Maria subsequently prepared corrected and amended SARs in instances where critical deficiencies were identified. Maria also prepared market research analyses of publicly traded companies in connection with anti-bribery and anti-corruption investigations conducted by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Department of Justice (DOJ) under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).
Maria is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the state of New York, a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS).
Maria is a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists.
Maria is fluent in Polish.