Stuart Berman began his career as a securities enforcement auditor with the Illinois Securities Department. As an auditor, he specialized in detecting promissory note Ponzi schemes and worked on several multi-million dollar schemes.
Berman used this experience toward what would be a long and successful career as a special agent with the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Office of Inspector General (OIG) in Chicago. In that role, he planned, organized and conducted complex white-collar investigations concerning GSA contracts, personnel, contractors and contractor employees. These investigations involved a wide variety of fraud allegations, including bribery, kickbacks, inferior quality-product substitution, cost mischarging, anti-trust violations, credit card fraud, diversion of excess government property and money laundering.
Berman became the special agent in charge for the GSA OIG in August 2008. He supervised the GSA OIG regional criminal, civil and administrative investigative program, encompassing six Midwestern states and 12 judicial districts. He was responsible for managing investigative business operations and program functions as well as administrative operations, including budget and personnel decisions. Berman provided technical advice, counsel and support to secondary management teams and to the criminal investigative and administrative support units. After a highly successful and award-winning law enforcement career, Berman retired from the GSA OIG at the end of April 2018.
In May 2018, Berman joined BKD CPAs & Advisors, a national accounting and advisory firm with 36 offices nationwide, as a director in the Forensic & Valuation Services practice. He also serves as the practice lead for the Chicago office.
Berman is a summa cum laude graduate of DePaul University with a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts and sciences.