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Ernest Cavagnaro



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Ernie is a Principal in Withum’s Forensic and Valuation Services team and comes with nearly 30 years of service in the FBI as a Support Employee, Special Agent and Supervisor in Washington DC, Kansas City and New York City. With this experience, Ernie conducts various background investigations and due diligence for clients, as well as investigations for litigation support for law firms.

Ernie has extensive experience from his time as a drug/money laundering investigator and supervisor in the FBI. Following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Ernie formed and supervised the first active Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) squad in New York City, investigating the nexus between the financing of terrorism and Southwest Asian Drug Trafficking.

Following his retirement from the FBI in 2007, Ernie worked as a terrorism investigator/coordinator and liaison to the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) for the State of New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness for six and a half years. Prior to joining Withum, Ernie was the Managing Director of Anti-Money Laundering Consulting and Investigations at the Doyle Carden Group.

Ernie is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) and graduated from Lock Haven University in Lock Haven, PA with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.

Withum isn’t just a job— we’re a family, and we carry that spirit together in everything we do. We live the Withum Way. We are catalysts for growth and success.

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