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New Appointment Announcement: Chief Investigations Officer

Written By
Louise Bryant
June 14, 2022

We are delighted to announce that Jonathan Williams will be joining the Asset Reality team as our Chief Investigations Officer.

For nearly 30 years, Jonathan has been passionate about law enforcement. As a high school student in New Jersey, he joined the Pitman Police department through their Law Enforcement Explorers Program in 1993 and served as a special class police officer until his graduation. He continued his education at Gloucester County College for their Law Enforcement Associates Program until he was motivated to join the US Air Force by the tragic terrorist attacks of 9/11.

Jonathan served in the military for 3.5 years, working alongside the Japanese in the Misawa Air Base and being deployed to Pakistan for Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. After suffering a career-changing injury, he was honourably discharged from the military and moved to Central Pennsylvania to work in counter terrorism, where he earned both an Anti-Terrorism Officer certification from the S2 Institute and a Bachelor’s degree in Homeland Security from the American Military University (AMU) in just two years! During his time in Pennsylvania, he acted as a liaison to federal, state and local law enforcement while providing security to the county’s infrastructure. 

Shortly after obtaining his degree, Jonathan realised that the field of law enforcement was rapidly changing and made the incredible transition to computer-based investigations. After much trial and error, he went back to school to gain a second bachelor’s degree in Information Technology with a Digital Forensics Concentration from Mount Aloysius College, an ACE Certification through AccessData and a master’s degree in Criminal Justice from AMU. While in school this time, Jonathan was contracted to conduct cyber intelligence and dark web investigations for several government agencies.

After he graduated in 2017, he was hired into the federal government and began working with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as a Computer Investigative Forensic Analyst (CIFA) in their Criminal Investigations Division in the Digital Forensics Unit. During his time here, he sped through their Basic and Advanced certification programs and became an accredited Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), AccessData Certified Examiner and an EnCase Certified Examiner, along with various other training and certifications in Data Recovery and Security. He was deeply involved with the development of their computer and cyber forensics techniques and systems before transferring to the Cybercrimes Unit in 2020 as a Cryptocurrency Subject Matter Expert and Fraud Detection Analyst.

On top of his various teaching engagements as an Adjunct Professor at Saint Francis University, Jonathan also served as the Executive Director for the Center of International Cyber Intelligence (CI2) between 2018 and 2021. This non-profit aims to protect life and property on the surface, deep and dark webs by providing and promoting training to cyber investigators and their organisations throughout the world. Jonathan directed over 100+ volunteers in cyber intelligence and open-source investigations for a number of international stakeholders.

The recent cryptocurrency-focused executive order issued by President Biden has highlighted the urgent need for US government agencies to demonstrate capabilities in crypto-asset recovery and for American private sector companies to comply with regulatory requirements. Jonathan will be working to mold and grow the methodology of our cybercrime investigation techniques and tools, as well as assisting victims with their cases when their virtual assets are stolen. 

The recent cryptocurrency-focused executive order issued by President Biden has highlighted the urgent need for US government agencies to demonstrate capabilities in crypto-asset recovery and for American private sector companies to comply with regulatory requirements.

When asked about his new appointment, Jonathan had this to say:

“We have a definite problem with cybercrime throughout the world, involving all digital assets, from ransomware and fraud to extortion and human trafficking etc. When you think about it, this worldwide "pandemic" affects everyone with the internet, no matter where they are. I saw Asset Reality and their mission as a way for me to make that global impact on the problems we’re facing every second.

Believe it or not, money touches everything. With the advent of digital currencies, criminal activity is now more international and across borders than anything else. To follow the money, and to be able to actually do something about it, is a great feeling that I am excited to support.”

Asset Reality’s Co-Founder & CEO, Aidan Larkin, added:

“Further to recent contract wins, we’re delighted to be expanding our Digital Investigation team in the US appointing Jonathan as our Chief Investigation Officer. Jonathan,  a former IRS Criminal Investigation Subject Matter Expert in cryptocurrency, is perfectly placed to lead the expansion of Asset Reality’s digital asset investigation department, bringing with him a wealth of experience in the sector.

As the cryptocurrency ecosystem continues to evolve, it’s vital for us to have experienced specialists like Jonathan on board. The more that we can collaborate and innovate in this sector the better the results will be for victims, governments and creditors alike. We’re thrilled to be welcoming Jonathan to the ever growing Asset Reality family.”


If you would like to know more about our work in crypto-related frauds and asset recovery, contact connect@assetreality.com

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