Former FBI Agent Joins Vicenti Partner Group

Vicenti, Lloyd & Stutzman (Vicenti) is proud to announce that long time Director Ernest C. Cooper, JD, CPA/CFF, CFE has joined the firm as lead Partner for the Forensic Services Division.

“Ernie’s 20 years of experience as an FBI investigator coupled with having his CPA license and JD, provides a unique and invaluable combination of expertise,” Co-Managing Partner Linda Saddlemire said. “He has assisted our clients in solving complex fraud matters, assisted law enforcement with prosecutions of these cases, and has helped our clients receive restitution for these wrongdoings. We are thrilled and delighted to have Ernie lead the forensic services division in our firm.”

Cooper joined Vicenti in 2005, playing an integral role in the expansion of the firm’s Forensic Services Division. Cooper draws on extensive experience as a Special Agent with the FBI, as Director of Forensic Investigative Practice with KPMG, and as an auditor to provide clients with thorough investigative services.

Vicenti is a large Southern California firm with about 65 employees, including ten partners, five senior managers, ten managers, and other professional and administrative staff. Vicenti is considered by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants to be one of the top 500 firms nationwide, and by the California Society of CPAs as one of the top 50 firms in California. Vicenti was also ranked 10th in its category on the 2013 “Best Accounting Firms to Work for” list.

“I am honored to be a part of Vicenti,” Cooper said. “This is an exceptional firm with deep roots as fraud experts, accountants, auditors, and tax professionals.”

VLS’s Forensic Services work with attorneys and entity management to conduct internal investigations where there are allegations of financial irregularities or other sensitive wrongdoings perpetrated by high-level employees. Whether for a governmental, commercial, or non-profit entity, Vicenti provides anti-fraud training, litigation support, computer forensics, as well as expert witness testimony for forensic accounting and financial fraud investigations.

Led by Cooper and Saddlemire (the division’s founder and firm’s co-managing partner), the team includes a corps of highly credentialed team members including CPAs, Certified Fraud Examiners, Certified Internal Auditors, Certified in Financial Forensics, and Certified Digital Forensic Examiners.

“It is a pleasure to have Ernie join our leadership team, as he demonstrates such high ethical values and integrity as a person, with a personal touch,” Saddlemire said.

For over 60 years, Vicenti, Lloyd & Stutzman has provided accounting, audit, tax, forensic and advisory services to clients throughout the State of California. They serve a wide range of entities including commercial businesses, governmental agencies, non-profit organizations, as well as private individuals. Cooper can be contacted at