ABOUT THE FIRM

On Point employs a network of investigators, certified fraud examiners and forensic accountants who are located across the U.S. and overseas.

WHY CHOOSE ON POINT?

We are relentless in our pursuit of facts through fair, precise and thorough information gathering. We follow a code of conduct that dictates that we represent ourselves honestly and abide by the law. We listen to the needs of our clients, work to achieve your goals efficiently and provide you with progress reports on our work on a regular basis.

Team Members

Chris Szechenyi

President

Boston, MA

Chris Szechenyi

President

Boston, MA

Christopher Szechenyi has nineteen years of experience as a private investigator. As the president and founder of On Point, Chris has conducted a wide range of investigations into corporate securities fraud, qui tam and antitrust cases for law firms from coast to coast. His firm and he have investigated dozens of cases that have settled for more than $1 billion.

Before he became a licensed private investigator, he worked as the Director of Investigations of a boutique law firm in Boston where he conducted financial, accounting and fraud investigations. He is a former newspaper reporter, science writer and producer for 60 Minutes based in Paris, France, working primarily for Mike Wallace, on stories all over the world.

He taught journalism for ten years at Emerson College in Boston. Chris’ awards include two regional Emmys and a national award from Investigative Reporters and Editors. He earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism at Lehigh University and graduated cum laude from Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, CT.

Before he launched his career as a journalist and private investigator, Szechenyi originally studied the sciences with the goal of becoming an oceanographer. He worked as an intern in high school aboard a Woods Hole Oceanographic research ship in the Atlantic Ocean, and then he crossed the Indian Ocean for two months with Woods Hole researchers aboard another vessel, which was later used to discover the Titanic on the sea floor.

Szechenyi speaks French and has worked as an investigative reporter and producer in many countries around the world, including Argentina, Britain, Cambodia, France, Japan, Italy, the Philippines, South Africa and the former Yugoslavia.

Among hundreds of interviews that he has conducted during his career, three stand out: one with Correspondent Ed Bradly of Nelson Mandela, on the eve of his election as South Africa’s first black president; another with Abdullah bin Laden, one of Osama’s brothers, a week after 9/11; and another with John Connolly, after the corrupt FBI agent in Boston was accused of being an accomplice of Whitey Bulger, the Irish mobster convicted of multiple murders.

Andrew Abramowitz

Consulting Counsel

Philadelphia, PA

Andrew Abramowitz

Consulting Counsel

Philadelphia, PA

Andrew Abramowitz is the Consulting Counsel for On Point. An experienced litigator, he prosecuted securities fraud cases on behalf of investors for more than two decades. He has served as a consultant to various bodies on matters relating to securities, corporate governance, and class action litigation, and has written and spoken extensively on the subjects.

Andy earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1996. He graduated cum laude from Franklin and Marshall College in 1993 with a major in Government. Andy is also the author of two novels, Thank You, Goodnight (Touchstone/Simon & Schuster 2015), and A Beginner’s Guide to Free Fall (Lake Union 2019).

Allison Connolly

Director of Research

Boston, MA

Allison Connolly

Director of Research

Boston, MA

Allison Connolly joined On Point Investigations in 2013 as the firm's Director of Data and Research Management, assisting the firm's investigators with a wide variety of support. She helps identify potential witnesses for On Point’s class action cases, including securities fraud and antitrust cases. She works directly with On Point's President and Founder to maintain cases and to ensure all investigations move forward with successful results.

Traci Avery Pardoe

Director of Human Resources

Boston, MA

Traci Avery Pardoe

Director of Human Resources

Boston, MA

Traci Avery Pardoe joined On Point Investigations in February of 2019 as the firm’s Director of Human Resources, assisting the firm with the screening, on-boarding, and training process for new hires. She maintains On Point’s website and updates it as needed. She also assists the firm with a wide variety of services to support the work of the entire investigative team. She works closely with On Point's President and Founder to focus the firm in the right direction.

Elizabeth McCann

Director of Finance

Boston, MA

Elizabeth McCann

Director of Finance

Boston, MA

With a BA in Accounting and decades of experience with various technologies, Elizabeth joined On Point as its Finance Director in 2017. She handles all of On Point’s finances, accounting and client invoices. She has assisted clients both small and large, with tiny budgets and not-for- profits with budgets up to $45 million. She works closely with On Point’s president and each of the firm’s investigators to make sure all of its finances are accurate.

Stephanie Stanley

Senior Investigator

Los Angeles, CA

Stephanie Stanley

Senior Investigator

Los Angeles, CA

Based in Los Angeles, Stephanie Stanley has been working with On Point as a senior investigator since 2013 on complex securities fraud, whistleblower and antitrust cases. She produced witnesses for cases against Tesla, Facebook, Etsy, Barclays, Chipotle, Fiat Chrysler, Lumber Liquidators, DeVry, Insys, Rite Aid, and Kay Jewelers, among others. 

Prior to her work as a private investigator, Stephanie spent a decade as an award-winning investigative newspaper reporter. Stephanie holds a M.S. in journalism from Columbia University in New York. She is a licensed private investigator in California.

Lael Henterly

Senior Investigator

Seattle, WA

Lael Henterly

Senior Investigator

Seattle, WA

Based in Seattle, Lael Henterly joined On Point in 2015 as a senior investigator and has a special knack for getting people who are reluctant to share their stories and tell all for qui tam, securities fraud and antitrust cases. Lael has worked on cases involving mining, crypto-currencies, the pharmaceutical and banking industries. She probed opioid manufacturers and distributors and a securities fraud case involving the infamous pharma-bro Martin Shkreli.

Lael is a licensed private investigator in Washington state and has conducted interviews with hundreds of witnesses. Before she became an investigator, Lael worked as a journalist for various media outlets covering workers’ rights, criminal justice, immigration, and many other key issues. Her articles won both regional and national awards from the Society of Professional Journalists.

Lael earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Washington. She is an active member of the Washington Association of Legal Investigators and the Pacific Northwest Association of Investigators, where she has served as treasurer and public relations committee chair.

John Allman

Senior Investigator

Tampa Bay, FL

John Allman

Senior Investigator

Tampa Bay, FL

Based in Tampa, John W. Allman is a skilled interviewer and a meticulous researcher. He is adept at getting people to talk about sensitive issues that they might not otherwise discuss, and he has extensive experience analyzing complex financial documents and identifying hidden corporate and individual assets.

John joined On Point’s team in 2015 as a senior investigator. He investigated a multinational mining company that he proved was bribing public officials in Indonesia for land rights, using slush funds illicitly. He was part of On Point’s opioid team for a national class action against the drug producers and distributors.

Prior to joining On Point and working an independent investigator since 2009, John worked as an investigative journalist of more than 20 years. He is a licensed private investigator in Florida, who is skilled in producing in depth interviews with witnesses for federal false claims securities fraud cases and antitrust investigations.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Mass Communications from Emory & Henry College in Virginia.

Mary Fesq

Senior Researcher

Alexandria, VA

Mary Fesq

Senior Researcher

Alexandria, VA

Mary Fesq joined On Point in 2013 as a senior member of its due diligence team. She has more than 30 years of experience in the investigative industry, specializing in sophisticated online database and publicly available resources on the national and international level. Among the cases she has investigated:

  • an environmental lawsuit in West Virginia on behalf of local activists, which resulted in a multinational chemical company agreeing to stop the practices in question on the first day of trial;
  • researched the international trail of certain antiquities from initial discovery through international drug smuggling routes to final sale, which resulted in the individual collector turning over the artifacts to the origin country;
  • investigated targets in a nationwide investigation of illegal cigarette sales from Native American tribal lands on behalf of a nationwide transportation company being sued by a state attorney general for transporting untaxed cigarettes;
  • conducted background due diligence of potential investors of professional sports teams to determine suitability for ownership;
  • investigated professional and personal backgrounds of proposed directors in several well publicized proxy battles and hostile takeovers;
  • and, conducted political opposition research for presidential and federal congressional campaigns, as well as state level races.

Mary previously worked for The Investigative Group International and The James Mintz Group. She attended Pomona College.

Jeff McDonald

Investigator

Kansas City, MO

Jeff McDonald

Investigator

Kansas City, MO

Jeff J. McDonald is a licensed private investigator located in Kansas City who started working with On Point Investigations in 2017. He is adept at doing surveillance on the ground and in the air, using multiple drones.

For On Point Investigations, McDonald conducted surveillance of large agricultural companies to investigate whether they were meeting USDA requirements to label their products - eggs, chicken and beef – as free range and charge consumers for it.

He is a graduate of the University of Kansas with a degree in Personnel Administration (Psychology, Sociology, Business) He is a charter member of the Kansas Association of Licensed Investigators and attends biannual investigation conferences.

Mark Krogness

Investigator

Seattle, Washington

Mark Krogness

Investigator

Seattle, Washington

Based in Washington, Mark Krogness is a private investigator with 30 years of investigative experience. He is skilled in criminal defense, civil litigation, witness interviewing and missing person location. He has worked with On Point since 2016, assisting in cases focused on trade and I.P. infringement. He is adept at network link analysis, predictive assessment, detection of non- obvious linkages, and assessment of competitive hypotheses.

In the past 30 years, he has worked in more than 45 countries around the world in Europe, South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. He has broad experience working with the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) and is a member of the Association of Certified Financial Crime Specialists (ACFCS).

A former federal official, Mark supported activities that required sensitive cooperation from foreign government liaison and demanded intensive coordination with FBI, NSA, DHS, DoD, and DoE. He maintains many of these contacts today.

He studied philosophy and economics at Brown University and at George Mason University in the Washington DC area.

Megan Wallace

Investigator

Mexico City

Megan Wallace

Investigator

Mexico City

Based in Mexico City, Megan Wallace has worked as an investigator and strategic partner for On Point since 2017. Among others, Megan has worked on a case against a Columbian mining company allegedly involved in a bribery scheme related to its business dealings. Wallace began her career in Kroll Associates’ New York office, where she worked as director of field research and she also was an associate partner at GPW Ltd.

Megan is fluent in Spanish and English, regularly conducting interview-based cases in both languages. Wallace attended the honors college at the University of Michigan, where she majored in art history. She has additionally studied law, placing first in her first-year class and qualifying to practice in New York.

Victoria Kapastin

Investigator

Chicago, IL

Victoria Kapastin

Investigator

Chicago, IL

Based in Chicago, Victoria Kapastin is a licensed private investigator who started working with On Point Investigations in 2018 on complex securities fraud cases. She is adept at investigating banks, pharmaceutical companies and technology companies.

With On Point, she delved into a payday lending company and uncovered evidence that it had failed to comply with best practices and that it had committed violations of consumer protection laws. The parties announced a $5.9 million settlement as a result.

Prior to her work with On Point, she was a senior investigator with the law firm Bernstein Litowitz Berger and Grossman (BLB&G) in New York and she was a senior manager at MSA Investigations, where she oversaw high-profile fraud matters.

Victoria earned a bachelor of business degree from James Madison University in Virginia. Victoria is license as a private investigator in Illinois and New York.

Alicia Mundy

Researcher

Washington, DC

Alicia Mundy

Researcher

Washington, DC

Since joining On Point in 2018, Alicia Mundy has worked on several security, healthcare- pharmaceutical and qui tam cases, including those involving a shareholder suit against a major tobacco company over its clinical drug trials; drug company kickbacks to patient payment assistance groups; and deceptive opioid marketing and prescription excesses.

During Alicia’s tenure with The Wall Street Journal, she broke stories on pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers involving their efforts to hide safety risks and critical data from federal regulators and investors.

Based in the Washington, D.C. area, Alicia is also the author of a book on the fen-phen diet drug scandal that revealed new information on the drug maker's prior knowledge of safety risks in its medication. Her stories and her book figured in Congressional investigations. 

Alicia Mundy has a B.S. from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service.  She also earned an M.A. in International Relations through the London-based program of the University of Southern California.

Eman El Sherbiny

Researcher

Cairo, Egypt

Eman El Sherbiny

Researcher

Cairo, Egypt

Based in Cairo, Egypt, Eman El-Sherbiny joined On Point in 2019 and has experience working in the Middle East, East Africa and Eastern Europe as a freelance investigative and data journalist.

Eman has conducted competitive due diligence for investors who wanted to learn about markets in the Middle East and North Africa. She is bilingual in English and Arabic and she is learning German.

Eman covered the Arab Spring in Cairo in 2011 and has contributed to a variety of outlets, including The Times, The Independent, The Daily Beast and Euronews. For a year, she was a Reuters fellow in a program targeting Africa's illicit finances.  Eman has a Bachelor degree in veterinary medicine and a postgraduate degree in clinical biochemistry.

David Holthaus

Researcher

Cincinnati, OH

David Holthaus

Researcher

Cincinnati, OH

David Holthaus joined the On Point team in 2019 as an investigator/researcher and has worked on a case involving a major pharmaceutical company suspected of breaking federal laws against kickbacks in the health care industry.

David is a journalist with more than 20 years of experience covering business and public affairs. Based in Cincinnati, he has uncovered corporate abuse of tax incentives, directed an investigation of a major bank fraud scandal and directed the coverage of Delta Air Lines, Fifth Third Bancorp, Macy's, Kroger and American Financial Group.

He holds a bachelor of arts degree in English from Kenyon College and a master of arts degree in journalism from Indiana University.

Larry Bond

Researcher

Paris, France

Larry Bond

Researcher

Paris, France

Based in Paris, Lawrence Bond has worked as an investigator for On Point on cases involving international microchip manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies. He is fluent in French and has worked in 75 different counties in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

He has worked around the world for Dow Jones-The Wall Street Journal, the French business magazine L'Expansion, CBS News, and Reuters news agency, covering wars in the ex- Yugoslavia, Lebanon, Cambodia, Kuwait and Iraq.

He founded a television news and documentary film company in Paris which has produced 17 documentary films news and magazine stories for television channels in Europe, Japan, Korea, the U.S. and Canada.

Bond graduated from the University of Chicago with a degree in economics and later attended Johns Hopkins University (SAIS) in Washington, D.C. studying politics of the Middle East. He served in the U.S. Army as an infantry officer in an airborne regiment and moved to Paris in 1979 where he has lived since.

Tony Hopfinger

Researcher

Chicago, IL

Tony Hopfinger

Researcher

Chicago, IL

Based in Chicago, Tony Hopfinger joined On Point in 2017 as a researcher. Many of his cases have focused corporate malfeasance, from financial fraud to overt violations of government regulations.

In one class-action suit, he exposed an alleged powerplay in the executive management of a biotech startup that resulted in significant shareholder losses. In another case, he found milk produced by a corporate dairy wasn’t organic as the company claimed.

He holds a bachelor of arts in journalism from Marquette University.

Amanda Palumbo

Researcher

Kansas City, MO

Amanda Palumbo

Researcher

Kansas City, MO

Since Amanda Palumbo joined On Point in 2019 as an investigator, she has worked on several securities fraud cases, including one against pharmaceutical manufacturer accused of withholding information about adverse events and paying fees to doctors who were the highest prescribers of its products.

Prior to joining the team, Amanda worked as an investigative journalist for 15 years, most recently serving as the Senior Executive Producer of News and Investigations for the CBS affiliate in Kansas City. Her unit specialized in exposing consumer fraud, government corruption and wrongful convictions. Amanda's awards include eight regional Emmy awards and two regional Edward R. Murrow awards. She is also a certified victim's advocate for sexual assault survivors.

Amanda has a bachelor's degree from Cameron University in Communications with an emphasis in radio television broadcasting.

Brian Eason

Researcher

Atlanta, GA

Brian Eason

Researcher

Atlanta, GA

Based in Atlanta, Brian Eason joined On Point as an investigator in 2019 and has delved into health care fraud at a regional hospital chain. He spent a decade covering state and local government as a journalist for The Denver Post, The Indianapolis Star and The Associated Press, among other news organizations.

He won major investigative journalism awards for discovering ethics violations by a city mayor, exposing housing developers that were ripping off taxpayers and investors, and for uncovering widespread violations of federal law at a for-profit hospital chain.

He holds a Bachelor of Journalism degree and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He will begin pursuing a Master's of Public Policy at Georgia State University in fall 2019.

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