David Chaves

FBI Supervisory Special Agent

Securities Fraud Program Manager on Wall Street

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David Chaves

Supervisory Special Agent David A. Chaves (retired) was a senior FBI Official assigned to the New York Division for twenty years. He served as the securities fraud program manager for the most visible securities cases prosecuted over the last decade including Bernie Madoff, Martha Stewart, Martin Shkreli and many more. He is widely recognized as the chief strategist in coordinating these complex white collar investigations and for infiltrating corrupt participants in the hedge fund industry through the use of sophisticated techniques, undercover operations, and wire taps.

He is a securities fraud subject matter expert and lectures to audiences around the world on securities fraud, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), compliance/regulation, best practices, leadership, and cyber threats to the financial industry. David has led delegations in foreign countries on behalf of FBI and State Department to assist judges and prosecutors on “rule of law” and protection of fundamental human rights. Prior to joining the FBI he became the youngest Detective Sergeant in the State of Massachusetts and the first policeman to become an attorney and member of the MA Bar. He had a civil litigation practice in MA.

David is regularly sought by print, online, and television media for his unique insight on a broad spectrum of topics. As an FBI Agent, he also worked closely with financial industry executives and legal teams to foster a culture of compliance, leadership, and responsibility.