Brian Aryai, CPA, CFF, CFE, CIA, PI
Brian Aryai, CPA, CFF, CFE, CIA, PI serves as Chief Executive Officer of Icon Compliance Services, LLC (“Icon”). Previously, he held positions as a senior corporate financial executive at four public international conglomerates. Aryai also served as a senior special agent at the United States Treasury Department, Internal Revenue Service—Criminal Investigation Division, U.S. Customs Service and finally retired from the Department of Homeland Security after 14 years of service. As a highly skilled federal agent Aryai conducted numerous white collar and corporate financial investigations both in criminal and civil matters. He received numerous awards for consistently superior performance in enforcing Federal laws.
After leaving the United States Government, Aryai served as a senior executive at several international conglomerates. He was also appointed as CPA partner in charge of the consulting practice at a regional accounting firm and a director of the antifraud practice at an international accounting firm. In these previous positions, Aryai applied his expertise in criminal investigations, internal auditing, forensic accounting, and white-collar fraud and audit-committee investigations. These audits and investigations included both civil and criminal matters.
In 2009, Aryai accepted a contract appointment to provide specialized advisory project-based expertise to the United States Department of Justice in governmental law enforcement matters and operations, where Aryai worked on the Madoff matter amongst other significant probes and asset forfeiture. As a senior consultant to the Department of Justice, Aryai provided forensic accounting and investigative expertise in high profile prosecutions at the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. Aryai’s work has been widely publicized and resulted in numerous criminal prosecutions and convictions as well as successful civil litigation in many matters adjudicated in federal and state courts. Aryai also served as the controller and CFO of the New York office of Lend Lease and managed annual revenues of approximately $3 billion (USD). In that position he discovered, investigated, and presented for successful prosecution the largest systemic fraud scheme on record in the history of the construction industry worldwide by handing his findings in person to former United States Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch.
Aryai also served as Director of Investigations at Habitat for Humanity International, a prominent global and ecumenical non-profit organization, which provided newly constructed housing to underprivileged families worldwide. In his career as a federal agent and in private practice, Aryai investigated, presented findings to grand juries for indictments and secured convictions on over three hundred complex criminal investigations, including but not limited to white collar fraud, racketeering, wire fraud, securities fraud, public corruption and money laundering, many of which have elicited acclaim on the front pages of national newspapers including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Daily News. At Icon Aryai specializes in handling of matrimonial, financial statement fraud, tax evasion, bank fraud, securities violations, corporate and white-collar fraud investigations.
Finally, Aryai founded Icon Compliance Services, LLC, a licensed investigations firm, providing investigations, forensic accounting, integrity monitoring, compliance consulting, internal audit, risk management, security consulting, corporate intelligence, and counter-intelligence practices. Aryai holds the respected designations of Certified Public Accountant (“CPA”), Certified in Financial Forensics (“CFF”), Certified Fraud Examiner (“CFF”) and Certified Internal Auditor (“CIA”). Besides managing Icon, Aryai oversees complex investigations in financial matters such as litigation support, fraud, financial reporting, compliance, SEC, and matrimonial matters to name a few. He has testified on numerous occasions in federal, state, and overseas courts. Aryai is also a licensed private investigator.