Leah Wietholter is a Certified Fraud Examiner and the Managing Director of Workman Forensics in Tulsa, Oklahoma. As a forensic accountant and private investigator, Wietholter is a modern-day Sherlock Holmes.
While working for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Wietholter discovered an interest and talent for forensic accounting. Following employment with the FBI, Wietholter worked as a Senior Certified Fraud Examiner at a public accounting firm in Tulsa. She then opened Workman Forensics to assist clients in investigating fraud, preventing and detecting fraud and solving complex financial problems in litigation matters.
Wietholter’s clients include: victims of fraud; organizations seeking to prevent fraud; and attorneys partnering on criminal defense, divorce, estate, partnership dispute and other litigation matters. Through her work, she has testified in State and Federal courts bringing clarity to the financial details for judges and juries.
Wietholter serves as President for the Northeast Oklahoma Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and is a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners Advisory Board. Wietholter also volunteers with the Tulsa Police Department Financial Crimes Unit.
Wietholter holds an undergraduate degree in accounting from Oral Roberts University and an MBA from Oklahoma State University.
In 2012, Wietholter received the Tulsa Women’s Foundation’s Pinnacle Award for Business. Wietholter was also honored, in 2013, as one of Tulsa’s 40 under 40 by Tulsa Business & Legal News and one of Oklahoma’s 40 under 40 by Oklahoma Magazine.
Thanks to the community’s support for entrepreneurs, she established her business in Tulsa and lives there with her husband.
Areas of Expertise
Leah Wietholter, as a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and licensed private investigator, can provide information or act as a source for the following topics:
- Wietholter’s FBI training contributes to her unique skill set in discovering motivation, intent and execution for victims or subjects of fraud, embezzlement, loan fraud, securities fraud, mortgage fraud, Ponzi schemes, etc.
- Preventing fraud requires a multi-faceted approach including the right education and tools. Leah can explain to employees how to detect and report fraud using a secure third-party hotline and why detection and reporting are critical responsibilities of corporate employees.
- When financial matters become court cases, an accounting degree is not enough to understand the legal matters at hand. Wietholter has knowledge of the legal system and investigative process and experience simplifying the most complicated financial cases to provide clarity for the judge and jury.
- When dividing households, there are numerous ways and motivations for hiding income. In some disputes, it takes investigative training to uncover and compile accurate record of assets.
- Similar to divorce investigations, a division of corporate assets can be marred by misappropriation of assets, breach of fiduciary duties and fraudulent transactions. Investigative, data analysis and accounting expertise combine to unveil an accurate distribution of assets.
- As an objective third-party expert, Wietholter can perform financial analysis as a court appointed receiver or conduct court-appointed investigations when suspicion of fraudulent transfers, misappropriation of assets, fraudulent financial representations or dissipated collateral is suspected.