Berman Tabacco

Ronald J. Keating

Director of Investigations

Ronald J. Keating

Based in the firm’s Boston office, Ronald J. Keating is a fraud investigator and forensic accountant with nearly three decades of field experience, including 21 years as a Special Agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Mr. Keating directs, manages and conducts complex financial investigations into fraud schemes. A Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Fraud Examiner, FINRA Dispute Resolution Arbitrator, and licensed Private Investigator, Mr. Keating joined the firm in 2008. He devotes his skills and energies to uncovering evidence of fraud, often non-public information obtained through interviews with former employees at suspect companies.

Mr. Keating served as a Special Agent in the FBI’s Boston office from 1979-1988 and again from 1995-2007. While with the Bureau, he directed all aspects of complex financial fraud investigations, including securities fraud, Ponzi schemes, financial institution fraud, financial statement fraud and economic crimes. Cases that Mr. Keating investigated in conjunction with federal and state regulators – including the Securities Exchange Commission and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (formerly the National Association of Securities Dealers) – resulted in criminal penalties, multi-million-dollar settlements and asset forfeiture.

From 1993 to 1995, Mr. Keating served as Senior Special Investigator for the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in Washington D.C., where he directed investigations related to violations of federal money laundering, bank fraud and bank secrecy laws.

Mr. Keating became a CPA in 1979. He is a Massachusetts-licensed Private Investigator, a Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified in Financial Forensics by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist. From 2004 to 2011, Mr. Keating was an adjunct faculty member of Southern New Hampshire University’s Graduate School of Business, where he taught forensic accounting and fraud examination.

Experience

  • In the Avon Products case, conducted and managed the investigation in the U.S. and Asia into allegations of violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Several key witnesses were identified and provided information about how the fraud was accomplished and hidden from compliance and audit professionals. Also managed two contract private investigators based in Asia who conducted investigation in China and Hong Kong that identified additional witnesses and provided further evidence of the fraud.
  • In the BP case, identified, located and interviewed former employees who provided inside information on the company’s offshore safety program and the results of audits that were conducted on the program.
  • Identified two witnesses able to provide critical information about inflated asset values at GE Capital Services.
  • Interviewed overseas witnesses whose testimony enabled firm attorneys to develop a lawsuit against the credit rating agencies on behalf of the nation’s largest public pension fund.
  • In the Bear Stearns case, identified, located and interviewed former employees who provided inside information on asset valuations and financial reporting.
  • At the FBI, managed and led a team of agents and analysts from various law enforcement and regulatory agencies in the investigation and prosecution of investment advisor Brad Bleidt in a $27 million Ponzi scheme.
  • As an FBI agent, investigated senior management of Interspeed, a software company whose earnings manipulations resulted in criminal convictions and fines.
Ronald J. Keating Director of Investigations
Boston
One Liberty Square
Boston, MA 02109

Based in the firm’s Boston office, Ronald J. Keating is a fraud investigator and forensic accountant with nearly three decades of field experience, including 21 years as a Special Agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Mr. Keating directs, manages and conducts complex financial investigations into fraud schemes. A Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Fraud Examiner, FINRA Dispute Resolution Arbitrator, and licensed Private Investigator, Mr. Keating joined the firm in 2008. He devotes his skills and energies to uncovering evidence of fraud, often non-public information obtained through interviews with former employees at suspect companies.

Mr. Keating served as a Special Agent in the FBI’s Boston office from 1979-1988 and again from 1995-2007. While with the Bureau, he directed all aspects of complex financial fraud investigations, including securities fraud, Ponzi schemes, financial institution fraud, financial statement fraud and economic crimes. Cases that Mr. Keating investigated in conjunction with federal and state regulators – including the Securities Exchange Commission and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (formerly the National Association of Securities Dealers) – resulted in criminal penalties, multi-million-dollar settlements and asset forfeiture.

From 1993 to 1995, Mr. Keating served as Senior Special Investigator for the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in Washington D.C., where he directed investigations related to violations of federal money laundering, bank fraud and bank secrecy laws.

Mr. Keating became a CPA in 1979. He is a Massachusetts-licensed Private Investigator, a Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified in Financial Forensics by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist. From 2004 to 2011, Mr. Keating was an adjunct faculty member of Southern New Hampshire University’s Graduate School of Business, where he taught forensic accounting and fraud examination.

Education
  • Bentley College (M.S. in Taxation, 1988)
  • Northeastern University (B.S. in Accounting, 1976)
Experience
  • In the Avon Products case, conducted and managed the investigation in the U.S. and Asia into allegations of violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Several key witnesses were identified and provided information about how the fraud was accomplished and hidden from compliance and audit professionals. Also managed two contract private investigators based in Asia who conducted investigation in China and Hong Kong that identified additional witnesses and provided further evidence of the fraud.
  • In the BP case, identified, located and interviewed former employees who provided inside information on the company’s offshore safety program and the results of audits that were conducted on the program.
  • Identified two witnesses able to provide critical information about inflated asset values at GE Capital Services.
  • Interviewed overseas witnesses whose testimony enabled firm attorneys to develop a lawsuit against the credit rating agencies on behalf of the nation’s largest public pension fund.
  • In the Bear Stearns case, identified, located and interviewed former employees who provided inside information on asset valuations and financial reporting.
  • At the FBI, managed and led a team of agents and analysts from various law enforcement and regulatory agencies in the investigation and prosecution of investment advisor Brad Bleidt in a $27 million Ponzi scheme.
  • As an FBI agent, investigated senior management of Interspeed, a software company whose earnings manipulations resulted in criminal convictions and fines.
Affiliations
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Massachusetts Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI