At its heart, Artifice is built around a core team of dedicated professionals with a passionate interest in their work and years of experience in our primary practice areas. These talented individuals are the brains behind the advice we provide and the face of our relationships with our clients.

John Hanson, CPA, CFE, CCEPYour-Advisors-Photo-Hanson_John_300X400

The team at Artifice is led by founder and Executive Director John Hanson. He has more than 25 years of experience in forensic accounting, fraud investigation, corporate compliance and ethics, and auditing. John has applied his skills in these disciplines across a wide variety of forensic engagements in numerous industries. He frequently assists counsel, government agencies and companies with internal corporate investigations and other matters arising from alleged fraud or misconduct.

John is a recognized leader in the emerging field of independent corporate monitoring. This relatively new practice area has grown significantly in recent years as courts and government agencies seek to ensure corporate compliance with settlement agreements. The independent corporate monitor is an objective third party hired by the business pursuant to a settlement. The monitor assesses the business’ compliance with the terms of the settlement agreement and reports findings to the appropriate government agency or department.

To date, John has participated substantially in seven federal corporate monitorships. He has served as the named monitor on four occasions, the leader of a monitorship team, and provided support to the named monitor in two engagements. The reporting agencies involved in these Monitorships included the Department of Justice, the Department of Interior, the Department of Transportation, the Department of Education, the Small Business Administration, the Federal Highways Administration, and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.

John’s passion for his work and his wealth of experience have made him a recognized thought leader among independent corporate monitors.  He currently serves as Chairman & President of the International Association of Independent Corporate Monitors (IAICM), an organization which he helped launch in 2015.  He served as the only non-lawyer voting member on the American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section’s Standards Committee on Corporate Monitors. He speaks and writes frequently on the topic. He regularly provides practical advice, ideas and strategies to lawyers, government officials and corporate executives involved in monitorships, as well as to newly appointed or currently serving corporate monitors.

Before founding Artifice, John spent more than five years as a leader in the fraud investigations and forensic accounting practice of a large publicly traded international financial consulting firm. He helped clients prevent, detect and resolve issues related to allegations of fraud or questions of corporate integrity.

John also served for almost 10 years as a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). He focused on white-collar crimes and investigated a wide variety of complex fraud schemes and financial crimes. For his last two years with the FBI, John served as a Supervisory Special Agent and Instructor at the FBI Academy, the premier law enforcement training academy in the world. He developed and implemented a fraud and investigative training curriculum for new agent trainees and conducted advanced fraud related in-service training for experienced FBI agents.

Prior to joining the FBI, John spent five years as the Director of Internal Audit and Quality Control for a large privately held mortgage origination and servicing company.

John is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in Louisiana and he is also a Certified Fraud Examiner and a Certified Compliance & Ethics Professional.

Artifice is partially owned by PBMares, LLP, a Mid-Atlantic based accounting and business consulting firm serving U.S. and international clients.  As a result of this strategic alliance, Artifice has at its disposal the personnel and resources of a CPA firm that has served clients for over 50 years, but with significantly less overhead.  This allows us to provide exceptional value and service to our clients at a reasonable cost.

Team members who routinely partner with John Hanson include the following partners and senior managers who have earned the Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and/or Forensic Certified Public Accountant (FCPA) designation:

  • Daniel Haynes, CPA, CFE, CFF
  • Kevin D. Humphries, CPA, CVA, CFF, CGMA
  • Bradford Jones, CPA, CVA, CMA, CFF
  • Ronald Pachino, CPA, ABV, CFF, CGMA, MBA
  • Neena Shukla, CPA, CFE, CGMA, FCPA

PBMares’ strength lies in unlocking opportunities for clients using the right balance of industry, specialty and general business services in the areas of audit and accounting, tax planning and preparation, pension plan design/administration, and owner-managed/corporate financial consulting.  In addition to capabilities provided through Artifice, the firm provides additional services through PBMares Wealth Management, LLC, a registered investment advisor and TMDG, LLC, a national healthcare consulting firm specializing in medical claims audits.

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