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    Construction Fraud & Safety Accidents—Initiatives by the NYC Task Force

    Recently, there have been a number of indictments for safety violations by major construction companies. In response to these incidents, a group of New York City-based agencies have formed the Construction Fraud Task Force to address fraud issues and safe work practices in the construction industry.

    • Task Force Attorney-in-Charge Diana Florence will provide an overview of the group’s top priorities.
    • Arent Fox Partner Mark Dreux will outline safety practices to prevent accidents and defense practices to manage government investigations.
    • Arent Fox Senior Associate Temitope Yusuf will discuss civil and criminal fraud investigations as it relates to construction work.
    • CohnReznick Partner Jack Callahan will review ways contractors can build out their compliance programs.

    This program is accredited for 1.5 New York CLE credits.

    Meet the Speakers:

    Diana Florence, Attorney-in-Charge, New York Construction Fraud Task Force

    Diana Florence is the Attorney-in-Charge of the Manhattan District Attorney's Construction Fraud Task Force. As the leader of the citywide task force, she works in collaboration with more than a half dozen city, state, and federal agencies in order to more effectively target fraud and abuse within the construction industry. She has been a prosecutor in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office for over 20 years and has won awards for her large-scale, industry-wide prosecutions in construction and in the international trafficking of contraband.

    Mark Dreux, Partner & Head of the OSHA Practice Group, Arent Fox LLP

    Mark is the head of the OSHA Group in Arent Fox’s Labor & Employment Practice and is nationally recognized for his work in occupational safety and health law. He has 25 years’ experience defending companies in all aspects of OSHA and criminal enforcement matters.

    Temitope Yusuf, Associate, Arent Fox LLP

    Tope is a senior associate in Arent Fox’s Complex Litigation, Labor & Employment, and White Collar practice groups. She frequently advises clients under investigation by the New York County District Attorney’s Office, Department of Justice, and New York Attorney General’s Office. She regularly develops compliance procedures and investigation protocols for clients.

    Jack A. Callahan, CPA, Partner & Construction Industry Practice Leader, CohnReznick LLP

    With more than 25 years of experience, Jack Callahan leads CohnReznick’s Construction Industry Practice. He has significant knowledge and experience in accounting, corporate taxation, and business consulting matters within the construction community. He has also worked extensively with public agencies and major construction owners to develop successful fiscal and integrity monitoring programs that enable contractors to improve the profitability, safety, and integrity of construction programs.