Rehmann taps FBI veteran for investigative unit
Daniel Roberts may have recently retired from the FBI, but his days of catching bad guys are far from over.
Saginaw-based Rehmann a short time ago tapped Roberts to work as principal and director of governmental investigations and compliance for the firm’s corporate investigative services unit.
Roberts, who had been with the FBI since 1987 until July of this year, will develop the CIS unit’s direct and subcontractor work with state and national government entities.
“We also have some international clients, as well,” said Roberts, 50, who was born in Detroit and raised in neighboring Oakland County. “I did a great deal of work in Mexico. We’ll be working to protect some of the businesses down there from being victims of the drug cartel and other criminal activities.”
Roberts earned an extensive law enforcement vita throughout his 24-year career with the FBI.
Administrative positions that honed his law enforcement mettle make him a credible fit with Rehmann, said Roberts, whose focus in his new position will include conducting investigations before corporations hire or contract people in senior management, business intelligence and analysis, fraud and risk management services, global intelligence and insurance investigation and defense.
“This seemed like a good fit, personally and professionally,” Roberts said of Rehmann, whose panoply of practices includes traditional tax and accounting work, wealth management, pension plan administration and HR consulting.
“That’s what made it attractive to me, to be involved in a number of aspects, to help them expand their business into new areas based on my contacts with the FBI where I developed a lot of corporate and government contacts. We want to do contract work with these companies that support the U.S. government or receive money from the U.S. government and need help on occasion.”
Roberts’ varied career with the FBI included a stint as assistant special agent in charge of the Salt Lake City division’s violent crime, organized crime/drug, civil rights and white-collar crime/public corruption programs. He was the FBI’s commander at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games.
He was promoted in 2003 to special assistant in the deputy director’s office, where he provided oversight for a myriad of research projects and special assignments. In 2004, Roberts was appointed special agent in charge of the FBI’s Detroit field office, directing all FBI investigations in Michigan, including Grand Rapids.
He was promoted in 2007 to deputy assistant director of the criminal investigative division in Washington, D.C., and named assistant director in 2009. He completed his career with the FBI as assistant director in its identification division.
Working for Rehmann will offer new challenges but have a familiar ring, said Roberts.
“There is a number of former law enforcement folks like myself at Rehmann so it’s really nice to come into an environment where I’m comfortable with the people who speak the same language and know generally what it’s all about and what can be accomplished because I’ve been around those types of people for a long time,” he said.
Roberts will work out of Troy but expects to do a lot of back-and-forth traveling between Rehmann’s offices in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana.
Roberts said some of his work would include helping corporations determine if in-house fraud has run amok.
“Sometimes these corporations don’t know if they have fraud or not,” he said. “They suspect they have had, but they just noticed they have money missing or other assets have disappeared, and they’re not sure if it was stolen or if it’s because of mismanagement.
“Federal law enforcement agencies are overwhelmed with fraud cases, and unless it’s $1 million and up, getting it to the prosecutor is tough. We can give it the attention quickly and adequately to find out if there is fire with the smoke and put a nice package together for the law enforcement folks to make it easier for them.”