JOSEPH J. PAPPACODA, ESQ.

FROM FRAUD INVESTIGATOR TO ATTORNEY

Joseph J. Pappacoda, Esq. is a former fraud investigator with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. He turned to private practice, to help individuals, in 1997.

 

In brief, Joseph J. Pappacoda is licensed to practice law in all of the State Courts and Federal District Courts in Florida, the District Of Columbia,  the State Of Colorado, and the Eleventh Circuit Court Of Appeals.

 

Joe Pappacoda leaving court
ATTORNEY JOSEPH J. PAPPACODA LEAVING A COURT HEARING

 

 


CURRICULUM VITAE

 

Legal and professional exprerience of Joseph J. Pappacoda, Esq.

 

EXPERIENCE


February, 1997 - Present :

Attorney At Law, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

 

Private practice litigation attorney, specializing in federal and state false claims act cases, complex financial litigation, white collar crime and fraud.

 


March, 1993 - January, 1997 :

Assistant Statewide Prosecutor , FL Statewide Prosecutor's Office

Ft. Lauderdale, FL

 

Assistant Statewide Prosecutor working proactive and reactive investigations resulting in the prosecution of numerous enterprises involved in racketeering and organized fraud activities. My specialty relates to financial fraud, insurance fraud, medicaid fraud and white collar crime investigations having worked these types of cases for fourteen years.

 

In charge of Southern Bell Telephone Company statewide criminal fraud investigation and multi-million dollar restitution settlement contract.

 


August, 1991 - March, 1992 :

Attorney , FL Department of Insurance, Division of Insurance Fraud

Ft. Lauderdale, FL

 

Plaintiff's attorney in all civil [racketeering] forfeiture cases filed by Insurance Fraud Division in south Florida. Managed cases from initial pleadings through disposition.

Appointed Special Assistant State Attorney in Broward County, FL and assisted in the prosecution of a major insurance fraud case. Researched and drafted memoranda, motions and responses on various criminal law issues of first impression.

 


July 1991 - December 1991 :

Expert Witness, Florida Statewide Prosecutor's Office

Hollywood, FL

 

Investigated the accounting operations of the Art Deco Hotels, Miami Beach, FL relative to sales tax thefts. Prepared a probable cause affidavit in support of an arrest warrant issued in that case.

 


May 1989 - May 1990 :

 

Provided expert witness testimony in the area of financial accounting and auditing related to a major gasoline and diesel fuel tax theft trial. Reconstructed all evidence used in trial and provided extensive guidance to Prosecutor in pretrial matters, trial preparation and trial.

 


January 1984 - July 1988 :

Special Agent , Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Division of Criminal Investigations

Pompano Beach, FL

 

Initiated racketeering investigations of organized crime, white collar crime and financial fraud. Provided expert witness testimony in the area of financial accounting in south Florida related to financial criminal investigations.

Case agent "Operation Tiger-Tail", a $40,000,000 theft from Florida State perpetrated by the Colombo organized crime family: Michael Franzese, et. al.

Honors: FDLE 1986 Group Award

 


October 1982 - December 1983 :

Senior Accountant , KPMG Peat Marwick [formerly Peat, Marwick, Mitchell, & Co.], Providence, RI

 

In-charge of financial statement audits for major corporate clients including, internal accounting control audits, tax return preparation and supervision of accounting staff personnel.

 


October 1981 - October 1982 :

Advanced Staff Accountant , Ernst & Young [formerly Ernst Whinney]

Hartford, CT

 

Audited numerous nursing homes, banks, colleges, and manufacturers related to interim and year end financial statement audits.

 


 

BAR MEMBERSHIPS

 

The Florida Bar April 29, 1991

The Colorado Supreme Court December 16, 1993

Bar of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals October 4, 1993

U. S. District Court, Southern District of Florida October 3, 1991

U. S. District Court for the District of Colorado February 18, 1997

U. S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit August 3, 1992

 


 

EDUCATION

 

Nova University School of Law, Ft.Lauderdale, Florida

Juris Doctor, December 1990

GPA: 3.12

Class Rank: Top 18%

 

Bryant College of Business Administration , Smithfield, RI

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, December 1980

Major: Financial Accounting

GPA: 3.63

Class Rank: Top 10%

Honors: Delta Mu Delta Honor Society

Graduated Summa Cum Laude

Dean's List 1977-1980

 


 

MILITARY SERVICE

 

Paratrooper , U.S. Army, 82nd Airborne Division

Fort Bragg, NC

 

Active Duty: June 1974 - June 1977

Honorable Discharge: January, 1980

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