Brian Aryai and United States Attorney Achieve Settlement of Largest Construction Fraud in New York City History
Published: March 15, 2013
Brian Aryai and the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York settled a False Claims Act qui tam case against Lend Lease (US) Construction LMB Inc. (formerly known as Bovis Lend Lease LMB Inc.) ("Lend Lease"). Lend Lease is an international construction company that worked on the Brooklyn Post Office, the World Trade Center Memorial and the former Deutsche Bank building at 130 Liberty Street.
Former Governor Paterson and Icon Group USA, LLC launch Icon Compliance Services, LLC
Published: August 7, 2012
Effective immediately Former Governor Paterson will serve as Chairman of Icon Compliance Services, LLC leading one of the top compliance and monitoring firms.
Former New York State Governor David Paterson and Brian Aryai, the CEO of Icon Compliance Services, LLC have established a groundbreaking milestone in construction monitoring services by creating an innovative business model to keep the industry compliant by working closely with the judicial system and regulatory agencies. Based on legal decisions and investigative findings impacting construction companies, Icon works with stakeholders to establish a sound and customized compliance program. Icon also develops appropriate policies and procedures for client organizations and conducts monitoring services.
Mr. Paterson, who served as the 55th Governor of New York began his career with the District Attorney’s office. He was later elected to the New York State Senate. Governor Spitzer then selected Mr. Paterson as his running mate during the 2006 gubernatorial campaign. When Governor Spitzer resigned, David Paterson became the Governor of New York. During the 2008 fiscal crisis he was credited for major reductions in spending and the implementation of an inflation-indexed property tax cap. After leaving office, Mr. Paterson became a leading consultant in real estate and construction. He can also be heard on WOR 710 AM as the host of the Governor David Paterson radio show every Monday through Friday from 4 to 6 PM.
On Jan. 27, 2009, Gov. David A. Paterson signed into law a bill that made sweeping regulatory changes to the accountancy profession in New York State. The law expanded the definition of public accountancy to include CPAs who provide tax, management and financial advisory services; and CPAs working in industry, academia and government. All of these CPAs, now that they will be considered to be practicing public accountancy, must register with the State Education Department and complete continuing professional education (CPE) courses. These changes have effectively transformed the accounting and financial reporting profession to an unprecedentedly transparent standard.
Mr. Aryai is a former federal agent and former senior vice president of finance at Bovis Lend Lease. Additionally, Mr. Aryai served as a senior executive and officer at three other public companies. Brian Aryai is internationally recognized for his expertise and stellar accomplishments in complex white collar investigations, compliance, forensic accounting and litigation testimony. He is specifically world renown for his investigative as well as antifraud experience and has significantly contributed to efforts to expose and remediate corrupt practices in the construction industry.
City's Construction Giants Face Criminal Probe for Billing Fraud
Published: July 30, 2012
Months after one of the city's biggest construction giants agreed to pay nearly $60 million for inflating costs on public works projects, WNYC has learned that the criminal probe into billing fraud has expanded to other major contractors.
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Company Admits It Bilked Clients on Big Project
Published: April 24, 2012
The giant construction company that worked on Citi Field, the renovation of Grand Central Terminal and scores of other high-profile projects has admitted to a huge fraud scheme in which it overbilled clients for more than a decade and has agreed to pay $56 million in fines and restitution to avoid criminal charges, federal prosecutors announced Tuesday.
Longtime federal agent Brian Aryai triggered Bovis Lend Lease probe
Published: Saturday, June 6, 2009
Brian Aryai of Albertson, L.I., declined to comment Friday on the pending probe by the U.S. attorney's office in Brooklyn.
Prosecutors are investigating allegations of overbilling by Bovis Lend Lease at five major city projects, including the Sept. 11 Memorial and the Mets' Citi Field Stadium, sources told the Daily News.
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Suit Says U.S. Marshals Mishandled Forfeiture Of Madoff Assets
Published: December 28, 2010
A government whistleblower charges that the 73-year-old man the U.S. Marshals Service put in charge of auctioning off the property forfeited by white-collar criminals, including Bernie Madoff, undervalued what could be millions of dollars in assets.
Leonard Briskman, the man in charge of the Marshals unit and the Asset Forfeiture Program, is accused of selling the assets without public notice or competitive bidding, finding buyers through business contacts and maintaining a secret bank account not accessible to government auditors, the New York Times reported.
It all started when Brian S. Aryai, a former federal agent and certified public accountant who worked for a government contractor that helped the Marshals Service administer more than $2 billion in seized and forfeited assets, went to add his boss Leonard Briskman on LinkedIn, according to a lawsuit.