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BDO Consulting Expands Forensic Technology Services Practice

BDO Consulting, one of the nation’s leading professional services organizations, today announced the expansion of its Forensics Technology Services practice with the addition of Keith Barger as a Managing Director in the Houston office. Mr. Barger has 25 years of experience advising organizations and their counsel on a range of technology-related assignments, principally in the natural resources and financial services sectors. At BDO Consulting, he will manage litigation and investigative matters involving data analytics, computer forensics and e-discovery, and provide expert witness testimony.

“Complex data issues are a mounting concern for many organizations,” said Carl W. Pergola, Executive Director of BDO Consulting. “Keith’s extensive experience leading global engagements involving the collection, preservation, processing and production of electronically stored information enable him to serve the growing needs of our clients.”

“Keith combines an impressive background in fraud investigations from the Department of Treasury and Department of Justice, with extensive advisory experience in all areas of the Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM), bringing cost-effective and efficient solutions designed to address our clients’ ESI considerations,” said Stephanie Giammarco, Partner and Forensic Technology Services Practice Leader.

“BDO’s passion for growth and culture of genuine collaboration among professionals that have worked together for years and years drew me to the long-tenured firm,” said Barger. “Having strong technical resources and an extensive global network of forensic professionals made it the right choice for best serving the needs of my clients.”

Mr. Barger has 25 years of experience conducting complex fraud investigations, including serving as a Special Master in computer forensics and e-discovery matters and as a Monitor appointed by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CIFIUS). Adept in the analysis of electronic evidence to detect anomalies, Mr. Barger is experienced in matters involving fraud, waste and abuse initiatives, embezzlement, financial reporting fraud, fictitious vendors, money laundering schemes and the tracing of assets. He also provides litigation readiness services, which include data mapping and process flow automation.

Prior to joining BDO, Mr. Barger led the national Forensic Technology Services practice at a major accountancy network and was a Director in the Forensic practice for a Big Four accounting firm. He also held Special Agent and Digital Forensics and E-Discovery positions at the Department of Treasury and Department of Justice. He is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer, in addition to a Certified Forensic Examiner, Certified PDA Examiner, and Certified Cellular Telephone Examiner. Mr. Barger earned both his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Master of Forensic Science from National University.

About BDO Consulting

BDO Consulting, a division of BDO USA, LLP, provides litigation, investigation, business restructuring, valuation, and risk advisory services to clients in the United States and internationally. Our highly experienced and well-credentialed professionals leverage the global industry and accounting knowledge of the BDO international network, providing rapid, strategic advice to assist our clients. For more information, please visit www.bdoconsulting.com.

About BDO USA, LLP

BDO is the brand name for BDO USA, LLP, a U.S. professional services firm providing assurance, tax, financial advisory and consulting services to a wide range of publicly traded and privately held companies. For more than 100 years, BDO has provided quality service through the active involvement of experienced and committed professionals. The firm serves clients through 52 offices and more than 400 independent alliance firm locations nationwide. As an independent Member Firm of BDO International Limited, BDO serves multi-national clients through a global network of 1,264 offices in 144 countries.

BDO USA, LLP, a Delaware limited liability partnership, is the U.S. member of BDO International Limited, a UK company limited by guarantee, and forms part of the international BDO network of independent member firms. BDO is the brand name for the BDO network and for each of the BDO Member Firms. For more information please visit: www.bdo.com.

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