Ashley Esponda is a Director at FRA with 12 years of forensic accounting experience in regulatory compliance matters, investigations, litigation support, fraud risk management, and data analytics.
She has extensive experience in assisting global organizations with their response to enforcement matters brought by the U.S. 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 the assessment of a Brazilian-based company’s global anti-bribery and corruption (ABC) 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 DOJ-appointed monitor with the evaluation of internal controls across the organization’s global operations and made recommendations for ongoing compliance.
Ashley also has assisted clients with proactive control assessments, investigations involving allegations of bribery and corruption, and implementing compliance programs.
Prior to joining FRA’s forensic accounting team, Ashley was a Manager in KPMG’s Forensic practice where she led a five-year Independent Review Organization (“IRO”) engagement. She designed review procedures to assist both the company and Office of Inspector General with 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 by designing the forensic data analytic procedures used to detect unusual trends and identify high-risk transactions for 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 with a Master of Science in Finance and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting.