Join us each month for the Young Professionals Council series, Oh the Places You Can Go as a CPA, as we explore the many career paths that the CPA designation affords.
This month, we'll hear from two IRS-Criminal Investigation Special Agents and their path as CPAs.
Matt Garth, Special Agent
Washington DC Field Office
Matt Garth has been an IRS Special Agent for 18 years and is a Global Illicit Financial Team member based in Washington, D.C. This group focuses on complex third-party money laundering investigations that have targets around the country and the world. Matt has worked with the SEC, DEA, FBI, Homeland Security, U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Postal Inspectors, and various organizations in the intelligence community on a wide variety of cases involving money laundering, income tax evasion, asset forfeiture, and bank secrecy act violations. Matt is a certified instructor through IRS-CI's accredited training program at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) and has taught for IRS-CI and other law enforcement organizations across the country and around the world. Matt has an undergraduate degree in Accounting and Finance and a Master of Accountancy with a concentration in Tax from the University of Tennessee. Matt has been a CPA in the state of Colorado since 2009.
Lisa Palmer, Special Agent
Denver DC Field Office
Lisa Palmer has been a Special Agent with IRS – CI for the past five years. During that time she has worked on cases involving tax fraud, healthcare fraud, wire fraud, illegal gambling and money laundering. She is the cyber coordinator for the Denver Field Office, and a subject matter expert for in house data analytics tools. Lisa has an undergraduate degree in sociology and Master of Accountancy, both from University of New Mexico. After college she went to work for EY in their Risk practice doing primarily IT General Controls (ITGC) and System and Organization Controls (SOC) audits. After EY she worked for Charles Schwab in their Sarbanes Oxley Compliance office. Lisa was a CPA, licensed in the state of New Mexico.