Bert LacativoCPA, CFE, CFF
Bert Lacativo has more than 35 years of financial and forensic accounting experience with a focus on providing independent investigative assistance to address allegations of suspected or actual wrongdoing.
Bert has been responsible for the conduct of high profile, sensitive, international and domestic white-collar fraud investigations, often in conjunction with in-house or outside counsel.
Select areas of his investigative experience include:
- Revenue recognition
- Qui Tam matters
- False billing
- Falsification of documentation
- Kickbacks and bribery
- FCPA violations
- Conflicts of interest
- Unbundling of services
- Time / cost allocation
Bert has also consulted with clients regarding the development and implementation of fraud prevention, deterrence and detection techniques and programs, including anti-corruption compliance. Additionally, he has developed fraud related training programs and is a frequent speaker on fraud related topics.
Bert is a former FBI Special Agent and Emeritus member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners Board of Regents. He initially obtained his investigative experience during his tenure with the FBI where he was responsible for the investigation of “Fraud Against the Government” related matters, including Department of Defense and healthcare fraud. He is credited with leading the first Fraud Against the Government RICO related investigation in the Southern District of New York and has received two Special Recognition Incentive Awards from FBI Director William H. Webster for investigative excellence.
In addition to his governmental and consulting experience, Bert has also worked in the corporate environment. This experience allows him to provide clients with a well-rounded investigative perspective.
Special Agent Training, FBI Academy, 1983
B.B.A., Iona College, New Rochelle, New York, 1979
Certified Public Accounant, Texas, Illinois and New York
Certified in Financial Forensics
Certified Fraud Examiner
Member, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Member, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners Advisory Council
Associate Member, American Bar Association
Association of Certified Fraud Examiners Board of Regents Emeritus
Past Member, AICPA's Forensic and Litigation Steering Committee
Past Chairman, AICPA's Fraud Advisory Task Force
2015 – Present RGL Forensics, Dallas, Texas
2013 – 2015 Houlihan Lokey, Dallas, Texas
2011 – 2013 Mesirow Financial Consulting, Dallas, Texas
2004 – 2011 PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Dallas, Texas
2000 – 2004 FTI Consulting, Dallas, Texas
1997 – 2000 Coopers & Lybrand, Dallas, Texas
1994 – 1997 Arthur Anderson, Chicago, Illinois
Bert has testified in the US District Court regarding the following criminal anti-trust matter:
- United States District Court, Southern District of Texas, Houston Division, Case No. CRH-00-362. United States of America v. Robert L. Smigel, Therm All, Inc., Tula D. Thompson, and Supreme Insulation, Inc. Defense witness testimony on behalf or Robert L. Smigel and Therm-All, Inc. 2003.