Michele Edwards, a Partner with StoneTurn, has approximately 20 years of combined experience in fraud and compliance risk management and financial statement auditing. She specializes in assessing, implementing and remediating antifraud and compliance programs, fraud risk assessments, fraud and compliance training, fraud detection and forensic investigations.
Michele has assisted many Fortune 500 companies with building and assessing antifraud and compliance programs and controls. She has helped to assess and respond to their vulnerability to fraud by applying the “scheme and scenario” antifraud risk assessment framework, as well as implement controls, fraud auditing and fraud detection strategies.
Michele is the Chief of Staff and leads the Independent Compliance Monitor and Auditor team appointed by the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) of a Fortune 10 automaker. She also served as a risk assessment subject matter expert to the DOJ-appointed Independent Compliance and Ethics Monitor to a global investment bank. She previously led the StoneTurn team serving as forensic adviser to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration appointed Monitor of a Tier-One automotive supplier and led two work streams of a New York Department of Financial Services appointed Compliance Monitor of the largest non-bank mortgage servicer in the U.S. In addition, Michele has led and assisted companies with corporate investigations and litigation matters.
Michele has worked with clients across various industries, including automotive, mortgage servicing, investment banking, retail, grocery, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, consumer goods, telecommunications, hospitality, chemicals, consulting and construction.
Prior to joining StoneTurn, Michele spent four years with PRGX Global, Inc., where she developed and led the firm’s Fraud Risk Management Service practice, with a special focus on helping clients to detect fraud. Prior to PRGX, Michele spent 14 years at PricewaterhouseCoopers (“PwC”) in the Forensic Services, Fraud Risk & Controls, and Audit practices. While at PwC, she spent six years advising assurance and advisory clients and audit engagement teams on fraud risk management; helped to develop new firm and service methodology at the peak of public accounting firm professional scrutiny related to financial statement fraud scandals; and supervised complex financial investigations.
In addition, she spent eight years conducting financial statement audits, and advising clients on initial and secondary public offerings, acquisitions, purchase price negotiations and private placements.
Michele is a Certified Public Accountant (licensed in the state of Illinois).