Mr. Shipchandler is formerly a Deputy Criminal Chief with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Texas, where he was the Attorney-in-Charge of the Plano Office, served as the Asset Forfeiture Chief, and prosecuted complex white collar criminal cases. During his tenure with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Mr. Shipchandler obtained convictions in the areas of securities fraud, tax evasion, bank fraud, mail and wire fraud, money laundering, computer sabotage, and public corruption. Representative cases included the prosecution of 40 defendants in a mortgage fraud scheme in 2011, for which Mr. Shipchandler received the Department of Justice’s Director’s Award; the prosecution of defendants in a $400 million Ponzi scheme in 2012; the prosecution of the former mayor of a Texas town for public corruption in 2013; and the negotiation of the largest corporate immigration fraud settlement in history in 2013, for which Mr. Shipchandler was awarded the DHS Secretary’s Silver Medal.
Mr. Shipchandler was a partner with the law firm of Bracewell & Giuliani prior to joining the Commission, and an associate with the law firm of Covington & Burling before joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Mr. Shipchandler graduated from Middlebury College and Cornell Law School, and clerked for Judge Roger B. Andewelt of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.
, retired Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), is owner of Baird-Velasquez and Associates, a minority owned and operated company specializing in complex financial investigative matters. Mr. Velasquez completed 25 years of service with the FBI and managed an extensive and high-profile caseload of complex financial crime investigations involving detailed forensic analysis of voluminous financial records, business records, and other documentary evidence. Mr. Velasquez has an extensive investigative background in all types of fraud including financial institution fraud, mail fraud, wire fraud, mortgage fraud, securities fraud, corporate fraud, consumer fraud, and public corruption. Investigations conducted by Mr. Velasquez included conducting routine and critical interviews; utilizing sophisticated investigative techniques; working closely with prosecutors and other investigative agencies; preparing affidavits and detailed reports; generating spreadsheets, charts, and Power Point presentations for court; and testifying in criminal trials and other court proceedings.
In 2011, for his exceptional service in countless financial investigations, and specifically for his outstanding contributions in the matter of the United States v. John Barry, et al. mortgage fraud scheme, Mr. Velasquez was presented with the distinguished achievement Eagle Award by the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas. At the time, the Barry case was one of the top mortgage fraud cases in the country. The forty convictions in the Barry case resulted in the presentation of the Attorney General’s Award.
Prior to entering the FBI in 1990, Mr. Velasquez was a bank examiner for the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. As a bank examiner, Mr. Velasquez assessed the overall condition of national banks to include the review of capital, assets, management, earnings, and liquidity of national banks.
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