Thursday, August 13, 2020

Forensic Auditor

District Attorney's Office

Recruitment #20-9999-13




The Alameda County District Attorney's Office upholds Alameda County as a safe and livable community through the fair and effective administration of justice; compassionate and committed support of crime victims; innovative programs that provide opportunities for rehabilitation and reintegration; and programs designed to enhance the lives of vulnerable populations, children and youth for a bright, healthy future. Read more about our mandated services.


The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office is comprised of approximately 150 attorneys, 60 inspectors, 30 Victim-Witness advocates and claim specialists, as well as a variety of administrative, finance, and communications professionals. Our jurisdiction covers over 800 square miles and our staff work in 9 offices located throughout the County.


We have six specialized divisions within the office:


§ Criminal Prosecution

§ Juvenile Justice

§ Consumer, Environmental and Worker Protection

§ DA Inspectors

§ Victim-Witness Assistance

§ Alameda County Family Justice Center



The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office is recruiting an investigative auditor to assist in the investigation and prosecution of criminal and civil cases in which financial records and analysis are relevant.  The auditor (also known as a forensic accountant) will primarily be assembling, preserving, analyzing, forming opinions about and explaining financial records of individuals and businesses suspected of violating the law.  More specifically, he or she will be:


  • Analyzing financial records to determine if laws have been violated (e.g., embezzlements, investment fraud, insurance fraud, securities fraud, income tax fraud and income tax evasion, payroll tax fraud and payroll tax evasion, real estate fraud, wire fraud and money laundering)

  • Analyzing financial records to determine where money has come from or where it has gone, in other words, the source and use of funds

  • Comparing financial records to determine discrepancies, potential violation of laws and defenses and investigative leads
  • Assisting attorneys and investigators in interviewing suspects and witnesses to obtain information regarding financial transactions and activities
  • Preparing audits, summary financial spreadsheets and detail reports of recommendations
  • Providing expert testimony in court regarding audit findings and accounting procedures
  • Designating which records and books should be subpoenaed or obtained by search warrants
  • Assisting attorneys and investigators in drafting and executing search warrants and seizure of evidence and assets
  • Determining the financial ability of an individual or business to pay penalties and restitution
  • Assisting attorneys and investigators in the preparation of cases for prosecution and trial




1.  One of the following certifications: Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), or Certified Fraud Specialist (CFS) certification, former or current law enforcement with experience in financial investigations


2.  Minimum of five years professional paid experience which would demonstrate sufficient academic and professional accounting or investigative experience to qualify as an expert witness in the area of forensic accounting.




The auditor should have the ability to:

  • Analyze and evaluate financial data and draw conclusions and recommendations
  • Prepare comprehensive, complex accounting and statistical reports
  • Reconstruct books and records that have been destroyed or from other financial sources
  • Prepare graphical representations of findings and conclusions
  • Utilize analytical software and compile database materials
  • Initiate, plan and complete work assignments with a minimum amount of direction and control
  • Provide expert testimony in court regarding audit findings and accounting procedures
  • Research various laws and regulations related to accounting and auditing
  • Determine where the evidence for reconstructing financial transactions can be developed
  • Know the rules of criminal procedure in obtaining, perfecting, and preserving such evidence to ensure admissibility in court proceedings.
  • Identify and detail probable cause in financial transactions that could be used in an affidavit for search warrants
  • Demonstrate proficiency in proving illicit income/gain with the use of direct and indirect methods such as cash expenditures, source and application of funds, bank deposits, and net worth analysis



  • Principles and practices of accounting necessary to analyze and evaluate complex accounting transactions

  • Auditing standards and procedures

  • Knowledge and application of direct and indirect method of proof in identifying sources of unreported income



  • Principles and practices of electronic data processing necessary to audit financial records
  • Analytical software, such as EXCEL, ACCESS, POWER POINT, ADOBE ACROBAT, OMNIPAGE, WORD and the ability to learn the BANK SCAN program
  • Advanced understanding in one or more of the basic accounting processes (e.g., U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Practices (GAAP), Corporate Filings and Financial Statements)


Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being. These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

· Medical – HMO & PPO Plans

· Dental – HMO & PPO Plans

· Vision or Vision Reimbursement

· Share the Savings

· Basic Life Insurance

· Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees)

· Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance

· County Allowance Credit

· Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance

· Short-Term Disability Insurance

· Long-Term Disability Insurance

· Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services

· Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

· Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)

· Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

· 11 paid holidays

· Floating Holidays

· Vacation and sick leave accrual

· Vacation purchase program

· Management Paid Leave**

· Catastrophic Sick Leave

· Group Auto/Home Insurance

· Pet Insurance

· Commuter Benefits Program

· Guaranteed Ride Home

· Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)

· Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)

· Child Care Resources

· 1st United Services Credit Union

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement. This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.



Please send us a cover letter and resume, also complete our DA job application.

Email to the District Attorney Personnel Unit at .


Application Deadline: Friday, August 7, 2020 by 5:00 p.m.


The District Attorney’s Office is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender or physical ability are encouraged to apply.