The U.S. attorney’s office is losing one of it’s big fraud-fighting guns.
Federal prosecutor Andrew Levi will leave in mid-January to start up the Miami office of Nardello & Co., a consulting and investigation firm that specializes in due diligence and litigation support.
Levi, who has been with the office for seven years, said he will miss being in court but said, “It was a great opportunity with a terrific person.”
Dan Nardello, a former New York federal prosecutor who worked by Rudy Giuliani when he was a U.S. attorney in the 1980s, started the firm around 2003. The Miami office will open on Valentine’s Day and should have plenty of work. U.S. Attorney Wifredo Ferrer repeatedly calls South Florida the fraud capital of the nation and possibly the world.
Nardello said Levi will help the company expand in the United States and Latin America.
“With his experience as a federal prosecutor handling extremely complex cases, Andy will be an integral part of our global litigation support and anti-corruption practice areas,” Nardello said. “Given our rapidly growing Latin American work and what we see as a real need for our services in South Florida, this expansion is important to our existing clients and will certainly help us attract new ones.”
Among Levi’s major cases was the prosecution of court-appointed receiver gone bad Lewis Freeman, who received a 10-year sentence for stealing $2.6 million from accounts under his control.
Levi also was assigned to the Mutual Benefits fraud case. The viatical company was charged with being a ruse for a $1 billion Ponzi scam. So far, nine defendants have pleaded guilty.