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2015present

Personal Assistant

McClincy Brothers Floor Covering Inc.

Personal Assistant to the owner of a high-end construction company, written correspondence, financial statements, legal correspondence, case and job management, take care of his rental properties, leasing and all correspondence to tenants, collections, real estate transaction reviews, banking, and various other tasks, working with other government agencies on his behalf, working with and scheduling subcontractors and technicians, contracts, etc...

Apr 2001Nov 2008

Financial Examiner 3 - $72,000/year

WA Dept of Financial Institutions, Securities Division

Duties include: gathering evidence by subpoena and otherwise, scheduling and analyzing bank and brokerage records and other evidence, interviewing investors and witnesses and writing the memos memorializing the interviews, preparing subpoenas, preparing charts and reports to summarize the data, conducting computer forensics, and providing litigation support to state and federal prosecutors. As a higher-level financial examiner and a lead worker, has the primary responsibility for the forensic accounting work on the most complex cases the Securities Division investigates.

Oct 1994Apr 1995

Clerk Typist 2

WA Dept of Financial Institutions, Securities Division

Data entry for securities enforcement cases. Developed and implemented a filing system for financial evidence obtained in enforcement cases. Reconstructing the bank accounts of possible targets to investigate possible violations in the securities law.

Education

19911992

References

Scott A. Peterson

  "Laurence Harrison pleaded guilty to all counts at the close of the State's case on Monday, May 21, 2007.  As part of his plea agreement, Mr. Harrison has agreed to full restitution to all charged victimes of $954,375.  He is facing a sentence of between 51 and 68 months in prison....

   Thank you for coming to court and testifying in this case.  I realize that it is time consuming, inconvenient and stressfull to be a witness.  The criminal justice system depends on people like you who are willing to come to court and testify so justice can be served."

Gary Lock

"John Bley forwarded me a copy of a letter he received from the U.S. Dept. of Justice commending you for all the assistance you provided their office in the case of United States v, Reimer. As a former prosecutor, I understand and appreciate the amount of work required to prepare for a complex criminal case. You and others in the Securities Division represented your agency very well. I would like to convey my personal appreciation for all your hard work.

Charles E. Mandingo

   "On behalf of the Seattle FBI, I wish to thank Ms. Mary Yost for her participation in the Philip E. Harmon/Islandscam investigation....This investigation began in 1996 and involved an extremely complex scheme of securities, insurance, tax and other frauds that ultimately led to the convictions of five defendants.... In a meeting before the sentencing of the final defendant , I presented a certificate of accomplishment to Ms. Yost signed by FBI Director Louis J. Freeh.

   I would like to thank Ms. Yost for her dedicated perseverance in the analysis of over 100 bank accounts which involved hundreds of boxes of records and other documents.  As a result of her efforts and as a result of civil proceedings,  all of the victims were able to recover a significant portion of their investments.  I would like to thank Ms. Yost for her excellent efforts in this investigation...."

Jeffrey B. Coopersmith

"...I have worked with Ms. Yost on three multi-million dollar fraud investigations...  Due in large part to the work of Ms. Yost, which involved the analysis of complex financial and business records, our office was able to successfully prosecute, among others,J erry King, who ran a $7.5 million Ponzi scheme that victimized elderly investors, Sandra Crist,, who ran a similiar $6 million Ponzi scheme, and Philip Harmon, who ran fraudulent investment ...that generated $23 million in losses to victims.  I have the highest respect for the work of Ms. Yost ... I have developed a very high level of trust in her work product and analysis. She...has come up with creative and informative ways to present financial evidence.  Ms. Yost is highly reliable and trustworthy and I do not hesitate to recommend her."

Bob Weightman

   "I first met Mary Yost during a securities fraud case that was being worked jointly between federal and state investigators.  The case, a $35,000,000 investment fraud scheme against senior citizen members of their church, was extremely complex . 

    This case was successfully investigated and prosecuted largely due to the skills, persistence and dedication exhibited by Mary.  Working long hours and weekends over a two-year period, Mary followed the paper trail through over 600 boxes of financial records, through thirty-five entities and one hundred bank accounts.  Her analysis of the financial records - all 600 boxes - tied the Subjects to the entities, the bank accounts and finally, to the scheme.  The results: three cases - three pleas.

    In the years that I have known Mary, I have found her character flawless and her integrity above reproach.  As to her professional skills - both the IRS-CI  and the United States Attorney's Office in the Western District of Washington ask for her by name when a securities fraud case is discovered.

   Mary is a true professional, on that I would gladly work with again. "

SKILLS

Teamwork –It’s not about keeping score

  • Excels at analyzing voluminous financial and business records and interpret and explaining the meaning of those records.
  • Demonstrates strong skills in reconstructing, reconciling and analyzing bank records and other financial documents.
  • Analyzes the most complex fraudulent financial transactions to determine what state and federal law have been violated, identifying significant details, finding patterns in financial transactions and using creative ways at developing investigative plans and locating sources of investigative information.
  • Investigates property records: to include real property,deeds of trust, recorded interests, promissory notes, title reports, appraisals and analyzes whatencumbrances on the property, to determine if investors of victims of financial crimes were misled about the deeds of trust that were supposed to secure their investment.
  • Co-developed and conducted on-site examinations of licensed escrow agents.
  • Significantly works well with other people.Has a good sense of humor, a genuine concern for others and is always willing to help.Demonstrates a high level of team work and is successful at getting cooperation from those who may not be cooperative initially.
  • Recognizes the contributions of others and views the success of the team as being more important than individual achievements. Treats others with dignity and respect.
  • Dedicated employee who consistently is committed to doing a professional job, by working long hours when needed, one that you can trust to finish a project on time and to do it accurately, thoroughly and right with little to no supervision.
  • Trained in Computer Forensics and digital evidence handling
  • Demonstrates exceptional skills at visual aids, flow charts and depictions of the flow of funds. Demonstrates a keen ability to take extremely complicated financial information and make it into very simply understood exhibits using common every day terms.  Proven to have a high level of sophistication in graphical presentations.
  • PRESENTATIONS: Gives informed, insightful presentations; speaking in a clear, concise, competent manner, while maintaining the interest of the audience; demonstrating a highly sophisticated level of knowledge in financial analysis
  • Demonstrates very strong computer skills and is very knowledgeable in using all aspects of computers, and applicable software and databases:to include Access, Power Point, Excel, Lexis-Nexis, Abbey Fine Reader, Oracle, National Crime Information Center NCIC database,National White Collar Crime Center, QuickBooks, Quicken, other accounting software, Oracle, Accurint,Adobe Acrobat, OCR software, Graphics or photo imaging software, Visio, CaseMap, Time Map, Microsoft Office Tools, Excel, and other graphics software Computer forensics imaging devices and software – Guidance, EnCase, FTK,ad other specialized software designed for or developed by a government agency and/or distributed as freeware or shareware.

BACKGROUND

Ms. Yost has been working in a professional capacity investigating financial fraud since 1994.  Ms. Yost has worked on criminal cases involving theft, mail fraud, wire fraud, tax offenses, interstate transportation of money obtained by fraud, and money laundering as well as securities fraud. She has directed the forensic accounting work on several multi-million dollar fraud investigations. She has worked with the FBI and IRS as well with the U.S. Attorney’s offices in both districts of our state to prepare cases for criminal prosecution. Her work has been critical to the success of those prosecutions. In addition to her work on criminal cases, Ms. Yost has done the investigative groundwork to support many administrative actions in which the Securities Division has alleged fraud in the sale of investments. She has participated in field examinations at securities brokerage firms where she documented dishonest and unethical practices.She has also helped to develop and to conduct on-site examinations of licensed escrow agents.She has experience examining lending documents, trust accounts, HUD statements and other escrow related documents to make sure they are in compliance with the rules and regulations of the State of Washington.

Objective

To find an employer who will value and appreciate what I bring to the job. I would like an employer acknowledges my professional commitment to produce a work product of the highest quality.It is important for an employer to values fairness, honesty, teamwork, open communications throughout the workplace, a good work ethic, and recognizes the contributions of all of their employees.In the perfect workplace environment, in my opinion, would encompass the aforementioned plus the employer would value the need to have good morale and the importance of setting an environment that would not just promote it, but actually have the character to fulfill it.

SPECIALIZED TRAINING

ACCOUNTING TRAINING FINANCIAL FORSENICS TECHNICAL TRAININGQUICKBOOKS (BEGINNER THROUGH INTERMEDIATE) FINANCIAL ANALYTICS AND REPORTINGNASAA ANALYST TRAININGACCESS FOR WINDOWS (BEGINNER THROUGH ADVANCED)EXCEL (BEGINNER THROUGH ADVANCED)FORENSIC ACCOUNTING AND ANALYSIS

FINANCIAL INVESTIGATIONS (BEGINNER THROUGH ADVANCED)

INVESTIGATOR TRAINING

GENERAL TRAININGMS WORD (BEGINNER THROUGH ADVANCED)

GRAMMAR AND USAGE SEMINARIT SECURITY TRAINING SELF DEFENSE TRAININGHOW TO DO YOUR JOB WELL AND MANAGE LIFE'S CHALLENGESPOWERFUL COMMUNICATION SKILLS: HOW TO BUILD SUPERIOR RELATIONSHIPSVIOLENCE IN THE WORKPLACE

PUBLIC RECORDS REQUEST

PRESENTATION AND TESTIMONY TRAININGPRESENTATION SKILLS POWERPOINT (BEGINNER THROUGH ADVANCED)VISIO (BEGINNER THROUGH ADVANCED)BEST PRACTICES: PRESENTING FINANCIAL STATEMENTSUSING COMPUTER GRAPHICS TO IMPROVE FINANCIAL PRESENTATIONSFINANCIAL INVESTIGATION SYSTEMS

LITIGATION SUPPORT SERVICES - CPA'S AS EXPERT WITNESSES

STATE BANK SUPERVISORS ADVOCACY TESTIMONY

MANAGEMENT TRAINING CORRECTIVE ACTION TRAININGENTRY LEVEL MANAGEMENT DEVOLOPMENT CORE TRAINING -PHASE I LEADERSHIP SKILLS THAT WORK PERFORMANCE COACHING-EMPOWERING OTHERS TO BE THEIR BESTCONDUCTING ON THE JOB TRAINING HR : HIRING, PERFORMANCE AND CORRECTIVE ACTION HR:EQUAL TREATMENT

COMPUTER FORENSIC TRAININGCERTIFIED COMPUTER FORENSICS EXAM COURSE - INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF COMPUTER INVESTIGATIVE SPECIALISTS EnCase® COMPUTER FORENSICS EnCase® COMPUTER FORENSICSEnCase® eDiscoveryBASIC DATA RECOVERY AND ANALYSIS TRAINING CYBER-CRIMINOLOGY AND DIGITAL FORENSICS

Certifications

Certified Electronic Evidence Collection Specialist (CEECS)

Association of Computer Investigative Specialists (IACIS)