Mayor Bloomberg launched the Financial Crime Task Force (FCTF) in December 2009 to better enable the City of New York to prevent, detect, and respond to financial crimes that pose a threat to the economic stability of New Yorkers and their businesses. FCTF leverages City data and technology resources to develop and oversee innovative programs to assist the City’s criminal and civil enforcement community. These initiatives help to combat crimes such as tax fraud, bank fraud, securities fraud, identity theft, real estate fraud, money-laundering, and terror-financing. FCTF also acts as the Mayor’s liaison to the white-collar criminal and regulatory enforcement community, and works to assist the City in recovering funds lost from fraud.
TASK FORCE LEADERSHIP
Michael P. Flowers
Michael P. Flowers is Director of the Mayor's Financial Crime Task Force of the City of New York. Prior to joining the Bloomberg Administration, Mr. Flowers was Counsel to the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations for the 110th and 111th Congress, where he led bipartisan investigations into off-shore tax haven abuses; failures in the mortgage-backed securitization market by U.S. investment and commercial banks and government agencies; and deceptive financial transactions by the North Korean government. From March 2005 to December 2006, Mr. Flowers was Deputy Director of DOJ’s Regime Crimes Liaison's Office in Baghdad, Iraq, supporting the investigations and trials of Saddam Hussein and other high-ranking members of his regime. From 2003 to 2005, Mr. Flowers was with Williams & Connolly LLP in Washington D.C., representing clients in investigations and regulatory actions brought by various regulatory agencies. After a clerkship in federal District Court in Philadelphia, Mr. Flowers began his career in criminal justice at the New York County District Attorney's Office in 1999. Mr. Flowers is a magna cum laude graduate of Temple University School of Law in Philadelphia.
Benjamin Dean joined the Mayor’s Financial Crimes Task Force as Chief Analyst in October 2010. During his time with FCTF, he has crafted analytics programs that predict certain catastrophic outcomes such as property fraud, structural fire, illegal conversions, and prescription drug abuse, which are used to allocate enforcement resources and prioritize inspection and audit actions by various City agencies and the City’s five District Attorney’s offices. Prior to joining FCTF, Mr. Dean held positions with the New York County District Attorney’s Office and the New York State Attorney General’s Office in the Financial Crimes Bureau and Auto Insurance Fraud Unit respectively. Mr. Dean holds a B.A. in Mathematical Economics from Pomona College where his studies focused on econometrics and modeling data through the use of regression analysis.
Catherine C. Kwan
Catherine C. Kwan is a Quantitative Analyst for the Mayor's Financial Crime Task Force. She specializes in analyzing City data to formulate strategies that improve resource allocation efficiency. Prior to joining FCTF, Ms. Kwan worked as a data analyst for the AAA Northern California, Nevada & Utah Insurance Exchange. She has a wide range of experience in conducting research and data analysis to optimize organizational operations. She has worked on implementation of best practices for environmental conservation while attending UC Berkley and data analysis to determine the validity of pre-employment assessments for AAA. Ms. Kwan holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.
Lauren Talbot is a Quantitative Analyst with the Financial Crime Task Force at the NYC Mayor’s Office and a part-time data and analytics consultant at Human Resources Administration. Prior to joining FCTF, Lauren served as a programmer/analyst at Acumen LLC, a contractor for the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services. There she worked extensively with Medicare data and co-authored a number of studies evaluating the use of episode groupers in physician pay-for-performance. Lauren graduated from Stanford University in 2009 with a B.A. in Economics.
Nicholas J. O’Brien
Nicholas J. O’Brien is a Statistical and Geospatial Advisor to the Mayor’s Financial Crime Task Force. Prior to his appointment, Mr. O’Brien worked in the New York City Office of Management and Budget. He has extensive experience in New York City government having worked for the Department of Education, Department of Sanitation and serving as a consultant to the Department of Citywide Administrative Services. Mr. O’Brien holds a Master of Public Affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and a Bachelor of Science from the State University of New York at Syracuse University.