Employment Opportunity

District Attorney Forensic Accountant

Contra Costa County District Attorney, Martinez, California

Salary: $89,451.48 - $108,728.88 Annually

Final Filing Date: April 28, 2017

The District Attorney of Contra Costa County is seeking a qualified candidate to fill one (1) vacancy for District Attorney Forensic Accountant. Under general direction, the successful candidate will identify and develop effective investigative, prosecution, and penalty strategies for cases involving economic fraud or financial crimes, including insurance fraud and real estate fraud, as well as consumer protection and environmental protection violations. District Attorney Forensic Accountants examine accounting, business, and financial records of businesses, organizations, governments, and/or individuals under criminal and/or civil investigation by the District Attorney; provide expert witness testimony in court or other judicial proceedings; and to perform related work.

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  • Plans, organizes, directs and conducts investigations of complex financial transactions, financial records, digital files, and other related documents and automated financial systems utilizing a variety of professionally accepted accounting methodologies, in order to identify evidence of economic fraud or criminal activity;
  • Traces the sources of funds deposited and the disposition of disbursements;
  • Investigates and reconstructs records which have been destroyed or falsified;
  • Examines and analyzes audits and compilations prepared by Certified Public Accountant (CPA) firms, governmental entities, internal and other auditors;
  • Gathers, assembles, preserves and reports facts and evidence resulting from investigation and audits;
  • Conducts analysis, draws conclusions, expresses expert opinions and makes recommendations regarding case filing based on evidence;
  • Assists attorneys and investigators in interviewing suspects and witnesses to obtain information regarding financial transactions and activities;
  • In consultation with the attorneys assigned to cases under investigation, determines the appropriateness of investigative techniques, assisting in the preparation and service of search warrants to seize financial records, including recommending which records should be seized or subpoenaed for use as evidence in cases;
  • Plans and prepares cogent summaries, graphic illustrations, and exhibits for courtroom use in order to summarize opinions and explain financial transactions to jurors;
  • Advises and consults investigators and attorneys on accounting matters related to fraud and financial crimes;
  • Testifies in court as an expert witness in forensic accounting, explaining in understandable terms, the significance of complex financial transactions or records;
  • Assesses and comments on the work of other professionals
  • Supports and explains conclusions under adversarial conditions in which credibility and integrity may be challenged;
  • May serve as a member of a prosecution team with witnesses, suspects, and law enforcement;
  • May supervise subordinate staff;
  • May assign, review, and evaluate work of consultants, contractors or vendors, including quality control of data;
  • May be assigned as a Disaster Service Worker, as required;
  • Performs related work as required


License Required:
  • Possession of a valid California motor vehicle operator's license. Out of State valid motor vehicle operator's license will be accepted during the application process.
  • Possession of a Bachelor's degree in accounting, finance, or a closely related field, from an accredited college or university. Possession of an active Certified Public Accountant (CPA) License issued by the California Board of Accountancy (CBA) under the California Department of Consumer Affairs or equivalent; or an Inactive CPA license by the California Board of Accountancy on the condition of active license status renewal prior to appointment. CPA certification must be maintained throughout employment as a District Attorney Forensic Accountant.
  • Four (4) years of professional accounting experience, including two (2) years of experience auditing financial records of public and/or private organizations, and preparing comprehensive audit reports, preferably in a legal or litigation environment. Professional experience is defined as work performed for a public or private accounting firm after licensure as a Certified Public Accountant.
Desirable Experience:
  • Professional experience conducting fraud investigations.
Desirable Certification(s):
  • Professional designation as a Certified Forensic Accountant (CFA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), and/or Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) is highly desirable.

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Posted: April 18, 2017

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