Deborah is a Director of The BERO Group. Deborah is a Certified Forensic Examiner (CFE) and holds a Masters in International Management. She received her Bachelors of Commerce degree from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa and her Honors in Accounting Science from the University of South Africa. Deborah practiced as a Chartered Accountant for over twenty years.
Deborah joined the firm in 2019. She is responsible for growing the firm’s presence in the Chicago market and also provides attorneys and corporate clients with consulting services in the areas of forensic accounting and investigations. Deborah has been deposed on a number of matters in state courts.
Prior to joining The BERO Group, Deborah spent most of her career working for a Big 4 auditing and consulting firm, both in Johannesburg, South Africa, and in Chicago. Deborah began her career in auditing and quickly changed tracks to become a litigation support specialist when she discovered her knack for finding fraud and for working on complex accounting issues. Deborah’s experience ranges from conducting investigations and antifraud consulting to strategy and operations and eDiscovery for litigation and investigations. Her matters range from the investigation of simple cash misappropriations to the investigation of complex FCPA and financial reporting schemes. Deborah has developed and used complex analytics to expedite investigations, saving her clients significant costs.
Deborah has consulted to clients in manufacturing, professional services, mining, metal refining, food and beverage, retail, financial services, construction, and insurance. In addition to consulting with attorneys and corporate clients, Deborah is an award-winning speaker and experienced corporate trainer, both developing and facilitating numerous trainings.
Deborah is a member of the following professional organizations: