Jesse R. Morton is the Southeast Forensic Services Leader for Stout's Dispute Consulting group. Jesse has over 15 years of experience as a consultant, lawyer, accountant, investigator, and external/internal auditor. He previously worked in KPMG's Forensic practice and during law school worked for the SEC's Division of Enforcement in the Financial Fraud Task Force through the Honors Law Program.

Jesse specializes in assisting clients with all phases of the fraud and misconduct prevention, detection, response, and remediation lifecycle. He provides proactive and reactive assistance that includes specializations and experience with (among other things): Performing investigations related to financial statement fraud, asset misappropriation, and/or illegal acts and regulatory compliance/violations; conducting anti-money laundering (BSA/AML) and anti-bribery/corruption (FCPA) engagements; securities and trading violations engagements; mortgage and loan origination/servicing fraud engagements; conducting fraud risk assessments; establishing and enhancing regulatory compliance and ongoing monitoring processes and procedures; developing and strengthening fraud prevention, detection, and response controls and anti-fraud programs, including corporate governance; performing asset tracing and financial analysis, including for blockchain/digital assets/cryptocurrencies; insider threat and third-party risk management; and litigation assistance, including expert witness support and litigation consulting. He typically focuses on clients in the financial services sector, and has a niche specialization working with investment managers, but he has also worked with clients in many other sectors.

Jesse also regularly writes, speaks, and teaches on topics related to fraud prevention, detection, response, and remediation. Prior to joining Stout, he wrote for Thomson Reuters Westlaw Business on topics related to domestic and international securities and public filing trends and disclosures and also served as an Adjunct Professor at George Mason University teaching Fraud & the Law – a Master's-level accounting, MBA, and forensic certificate course for four years.

Select Publications

  • The RMA Journal (co-author) January 2012

    Banks: Beware of the Fraudster in Your Midst
  • Reuters January 2011

    Whistleblower Bounties: Can Hedge Funds Double Dip Under Dodd-Frank?
  • The Hill September 2009

    A Pragmatic Solution to the Healthcare Crisis
  • Westlaw Business Currents August 2011

    FDIC Clawback Power: Housecat or Tiger?
  • Westlaw Business Currents July 2010

    M&A Terms: Breakup Fees, As Deals Pickup
  • Westlaw Business Currents May 2010

    Global Disclosures: Litigation Risk
  • Westlaw Business Currents April 2010

    10K Hot Topic: Guerillas, Pirates, and Terrorists – Oh, My!
  • Westlaw Business Currents April 2010

    10K Disclosures: Global Operations? Local Risks
  • Westlaw Business Currents March 2010

    10K Disclosures: Wielding the IP Sword, Hiding Behind the Shield
  • Westlaw Business Currents March 2010

    10K Disclosures: Commodities ‘Takes the Cake’ in 2009
  • Westlaw Business Currents March 2010

    10K Disclosures: Bankruptcy… Not Just for the Distressed Anymore
  • Westlaw Business Currents March 2010

    10K Disclosures: Underfunded Pensions in the PBGC Spotlight
  • Westlaw Business Currents March 2010

    10K Disclosures: Credit Rating Rollercoaster
  • Westlaw Business Currents February 2010

    10K Disclosures: Hedging, the SEC Way
  • Westlaw Business Currents February 2010

    10K Disclosures: Foreign Corruption, Watch Out
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Select Presentations and Speeches

  • George Mason University

    Fraud & the Law - Master's Level Accounting (Forensic Certificate)/MBA Course
  • Fraud Analytics for Government Conference June 2016

    Conducting an Effective Fraud Risk Assessment
  • Baltimore Chapter, Association of Government Accountants May 2016

    Federal Government Related Fraud Issues – Prevention & Detection
  • Northern Virginia Chapter, Association of Government Accountants September 2015

    Federal Government Related Fraud Issues – Prevention & Detection
  • SunTrust, Internal Audit group December 2013

    Auditing Fraud Risk
  • Various Law Firms January 2013

    Beyond the Law – An Overview of KPMG’s Global General Counsel Survey
  • Goldman Sachs Internal Audit, Compliance, and Risk Groups December 2012

    Fraud Awareness Workshop
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