Ashley Esponda is a Director at FRA with 11 years of forensic accounting experience in regulatory compliance matters, fraud investigations, litigation support, fraud risk management, and data analytics.
Ashley has extensive experience in assisting global organizations with their response to enforcement matters brought by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities Exchange Commission (SEC). Her corporate compliance monitorship experience includes:
Managed a multi-year Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) Monitorship involving an assessment of the Brazilian-based company’s global anti-bribery and corruption controls. Assisted with reporting to the DOJ-appointed compliance Monitor, participated in interviews with company personnel, and led transaction testing efforts on high-risk areas.
Provided forensic accounting support on a compliance monitorship of a global financial institution. Supported the US DOJ-appointed monitor with the evaluation of internal controls across the organization’s global operations and made recommendations for ongoing compliance.
Prior to joining FRA’s forensic accounting team, Ashley was a Manager in KPMG’s Forensic practice where she focused on regulatory compliance services, fraud risk management, and data analytics. She led a five-year Independent Review Organization (“IRO”) engagement where she designed review procedures to assist both the company and Office of Inspector General in their evaluation of the company’s compliance with the Corporate Integrity Agreement. In addition, she supported a large-scale investigation involving channel stuffing and improper revenue recognition allegations. She designed the forensic data analytic procedures that were used to detect unusual trends and identify high-risk transactions that required detailed review.
Ashley is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Texas and a Certified Fraud Examiner. She is a graduate of Texas A&M University and holds a Master’s degree in Finance and a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting.