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Elyse Ruzow, Esq.

Owner/President

Elyse C. Ruzow founded Ruzow & Associates in 2014 after a distinguished 18 year career at the New York County District Attorney’s Office. Ms. Ruzow spent the majority of her career in the Investigation Division of the DA’s office where she prosecuted a multitude of white collar criminal cases. The cases Ms. Ruzow prosecuted included employee embezzlement cases, political corruption cases, police corruption cases, organized crime cases, labor racketeering cases, money laundering cases and tax fraud cases. Additionally, Ms. Ruzow has extensive experience investigating corporate and construction fraud cases, developing and reviewing compliance programs, and determining “best practices” for both public and private entities.

Since becoming a prosecutor for Robert M. Morgenthau in 1996, Ms. Ruzow has directed and investigated thousands of criminal investigations. She has gained a reputation for being a skilled interviewer and investigator, being incredibly thorough and professional.

Ms. Ruzow provides clients with expert consulting services on matters involving corporate compliance, construction fraud, internal investigations and integrity monitoring services.

Om Gillett, Esq.

Senior Managing Director

Om Gillett joined Ruzow & Associates as Vice President in 2017, following a position as the Chief Compliance Officer of a large electrical contracting company.  Ms. Gillett was responsible for all aspects of the Company’s compliance program, including public agency reporting, MWDBE compliance, internal investigations, licensing, and administration of the Company’s Code of Business Conduct & Ethics.

Additionally, Ms. Gillett spent over 12 years as an Assistant District Attorney at the New York County District Attorney’s Office, where between 2006 and 2015 she was in the Special Prosecutions Bureau (now the Financial Frauds Bureau), where she conducted numerous investigations into employee embezzlement, falsification of company books and records, and schemes to defraud.

Ms. Gillett consults with clients on matters such as corporate compliance, internal investigations, and integrity monitoring.

J. Naomi Glean, Esq.

Director of M/WBE Compliance

Naomi Glean joined Ruzow & Associates in November 2018 as the Director of M/WBE Compliance, where she works with clients and their subcontractors to ensure compliance with MBE, WBE, DBE, SBE, SDVOB, Section 3 and EEO requirements, including outreach, tracking and reporting.

Prior to joining Ruzow & Associates, Ms. Glean was the internal M/W/L/DBE and EEO Officer for a large construction company, where she was in charge of overseeing, administering and enhancing the company’s M/W/L/DBE and EEO programs and ensuring its M/W/L/DBE program strictly adhered to federal, state, local laws, regulations, and contracts with agencies, owners, CMs, and GCs. Ms. Glean also developed and updated the company’s M/W/L/DBE policies to align with changing rules.

Ms. Glean received her Juris Doctor in May 2006 from Northeastern University School of Law.

Eric Gallowitz

Senior Managing Director

Eric Gallowitz,had a successful 20-year career at the New York City Police Department (NYPD). In 1996 Mr. Gallowitz was promoted to Detective. The pinnacle of his career was being assigned to the elite NYPD Intelligence Division where he conducted counter-terrorism investigations after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

Upon retirement from theNYPD Mr. Gallowitz became a licensed Private Investigator in the State of New York. Mr. Gallowitz conducts all types of investigations and has become an expert in construction monitoring and construction fraud having been one of the onsite investigators at One World Trade Center for seven years during the rebuilding of the towers.  Areas of construction fraud uncovered during that time and since include theft, certified payroll fraud, Minority and Women Business Fraud, and false business records.

Joseph Ferraro, MPA, CFE

Senior Managing Director

Joseph Ferraro is a Certified Fraud Examiner who joined Ruzow & Associates in October 2019. Joseph has 35 years of criminal investigative experience in conducting and managing investigations pertaining to construction fraud, corruption, organized crime, labor racketeering, money laundering and rules of conduct violations.

Prior to joining Ruzow and Associates, Joseph worked at I4 Strategies for 18 months as Investigative Manager to deter, detect and address fraud, waste and abuse associated with the development of the Hudson Yards project. Additionally, Joseph was employed at the Office of Inspector General for the Port Authority of NY & NJ for 10 years as a Senior Investigator and then progressed into the role of a Project Manager.  Joseph also worked with the New York City Department of Investigation, where he started as an Investigator and worked his way up the ranks to First Deputy Inspector General.  Joseph holds a Master’s in Public Administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University and Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from St John’s University.  Joseph is a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

 

John Duffner, CPA, CFE

Senior Auditor Investigator

John Duffner joined Ruzow & Associates in December 2018 as a Senior Auditor Investigator, where he performs audits of payment requisitions and payroll documentation on large scale capital construction projects and conducts investigations for fraud, waste and abuse.

Prior to Ruzow & Associates, from 1995 to 2018, John Duffner worked at a Fortune 500 Insurance Company as a Managing Consultant in the Special Investigation Unit for five years and as an Assistant Vice President in the same unit for 18 years. Mr. Duffner supervised a staff of attorneys and investigators assigned to significant investigations/confidential reviews and data mining, and he worked closely with partners in compliance, internal audit and management in order to implement enhanced controls. Moreover, Mr. Duffner has also worked in the New York State Attorney General’s Office as an Associate Special Auditor Investigator, and has gained vast experience in auditing, control enhancements, anti-fraud programs and internal investigations.

John Duffner is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Fraud Examiner.

Sanjay Singh

Investigator

Jay Singh joined Ruzow & Associates in November 2018 as an Investigator, where he performs compliance monitoring, including prevailing wage audits, site visits, and M/WBE interviews.

Prior to joining Ruzow & Associates, Jay Singh was a Labor Law Compliance Field Inspector at the New York City School Construction Authority and a Sergeant for the New York City Police Department. Mr. Singh is experienced with investigating and enforcing labor law compliance, interviewing construction workers and contractors, auditing certified payrolls and subsequent documentation and providing assistance to state and federal investigations.

Jay Singh is certified in OSHA 30-Hour Construction and NYC DOB 4-Hour Scaffold, and is fluent in Urdu and Hindi.

Angel Sanchez

Investigator

Angel Sanchez had an exemplary 27 year career with the New York City Policy Department (“NYPD”), retiring with the distinction of Detective First Grade.  Mr. Sanchez began in career with the NYPD in 1986 in an extremely challenging precinct.  The instincts and skills Mr. Sanchez first developed on the streets of that precinct and honed moving up through the ranks from undercover officer to major crimes, robberies and homicides, are the basis for his ability to quickly and accurately judge investigative situations.

Mr. Sanchez is currently a licensed Private Investigator and licensed armed guard with the State of New York specializing in surveillance, fraud investigations and compliance monitoring for prevailing wages.

Michael Kelly

Investigator

Mike Kelly joined Ruzow & Associates in August 2018 as an Investigator, where he performs compliance monitoring, including prevailing wage interviews, M/WBE site visits and background checks.

Prior to joining Ruzow & Associates, Mike Kelly worked as an Investigator in the Integrity Monitor unit at a global investigations, compliance, monitoring, and security and technology consulting company and as a Detective Investigator 2nd Grade for the New York City Police Department. Mr. Kelly’s experience includes performing construction-monitoring services at the World Trade Center from the demolition phase to completion, gathering field intelligence and observing site activities, conducting site visits, interviewing tradesmen, leading long-term investigations and working closely with government agencies.

Mike Kelly is certified in OSHA 10-Hour Construction and NYC DOB 4-Hour Scaffold.

Brian Kemp

Investigator

Brian Kemp joined Ruzow & Associates in October 2018 as an Investigative Auditor, where he conducts compliance monitoring, including auditing payrolls and construction and financial documentation and interviewing witnesses and subjects.

Prior to working for Ruzow & Associates, Brian Kemp worked as a consultant for an advisory and consulting firm, where he was responsible for transactional reviews of high-risk client accounts held by a large international financial institution in an offshore tax haven jurisdiction. Moreover, Brian Kemp’s experience includes working as a Supervisory Special Agent for the Internal Revenue Service, and working for the New York Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Strike Force.

Ainslee Jacoby, CFE

Fraud Investigator/Compliance Consultant

Ainslee Jacoby is a Certified Fraud Investigator who joined Ruzow & Associates in March 2018 as a Fraud Investigator/Compliance Consultant, where she is responsible for conducting audits and investigations in connection with contractor payrolls and subsequent financial and construction documentation, and assisting the team with ensuring clients’ compliance with M/WBE and EEO requirements.

From 2015 to 2018, Ainslee Jacoby worked as a Special Investigator in the Vendor Integrity Unit at the New York City Department of Investigation, where she led more than 50 investigations relating to New York City’s $648 million hurricane Sandy rebuild program. Moreover, from 2012 to 2015, Mrs. Jacoby worked as a Legal Assistant while simultaneously obtaining a Masters in Criminal Justice. Mrs. Jacoby’s experience includes auditing construction documentation, investigating construction fraud, vetting contractors and ensuring government program compliance.

Ainslee Jacoby received a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice from the CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice in 2015 and a Bachelor of Science in Communication from the University of Miami in 2012. Mrs. Jacoby is certified in OSHA 10-Hour Construction.

 

Tamilee Webb

Associate Compliance Consultant

Tamilee Webb joined Ruzow & Associates in November 2018 as an Associate Compliance Consultant, where she provides assistance with audits for wage compliance and reporting for clients’ M/WBE and EEO requirements.

Prior to working for Ruzow & Associates, Tamilee Webb was an Administrative Specialist at a property management firm, where her duties included administering all Building Link processes, procedures and methods, consulting with upper management to identify training needs, drafting new hire orientation documentation and scheduling.

Tamilee Webb is currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration in International Management at Manhattanville College and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communications in 2013 from Pace University.