ABOUT THE VIDOCQ SOCIETY


Officers & Directors

COMMISSIONER
William L. Fleisher
Expertise: Forensic Interrogation, Polygraph/Investigations
Background: Retired Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) of the U.S. Customs Office of Investigations in Philadelphia.  Former FBI Agent and Philadelphia Police Officer. He is one of the founders of the Society and is featured in the best selling book, the “Murder Room.”

CHAIRMAN
Benjamin Redmond
Expertise: Investigations, Bribery,Corruption, Fraud Matters in Public Agencies, White Collar crime.
Background: Former Inspector General for the City of Philadelphia; Retired Regional Director U.S. Treasury Department, IRS Inspection Service, Mid-Atlantic Region responsible for investigations of Bribery, Fraud and Corruption within the state area and international offices. Past Vice President of the National Association of Inspectors General and Chair of their Training Committee; Past President of the Police Chiefs Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania.

DEPUTY COMMISSIONER AND CASE MANAGER
William F. Gill III
Expertise: Large scale corporate investigations, domestic and international, of bribery, embezzlement, employee theft of funds or proprietary information. Internal investigations and internal audits. Investigations of public corruption.
Background: Former Inspector General, City of Philadelphia; retired Regional Inspector General, U.S. Treasury Department; former Director, Public Safety (head of the Police Department) City of Beverly, NJ; consultant, International Monetary Fund (IMF).

SECRETARY AND CASE MANAGER
Carol M. Sweeney, Esq.
Expertise: Career prosecutor of criminal matters at the state and federal levels.
Background: Retired Assistant District Attorney, Special Assistant United States Attorney

TREASURER
Howard Lebofsky, Esq.
Expertise: Advisor on criminal and civil matters
Background: Former Senior Attorney, City of Philadelphia, Solicitors Office

MEMBERSHIP DIRECTOR
Barbara J. Cohan-Saavedra, Esq.
Expertise: Litigation, prosecution, narcotics, national security, espionage, foreign languages
Background: Former Assistant District Attorney, former Assistant U.S. Attorney

COUNSEL
Frank A. Mayer, Esq.
Expertise: Law, securities, fraud, banking, insurance

BOARD MEMBERS

Edgar Adamson, Board Member
Expertise: National and international criminal investigations
Background: Former Director Interpol and U.S. Customs Commercial Fraud Division

Edward Gaughan, Board Member and Training Coordinator
Expertise: Criminal investigation of homicide, robbery and other major crimes
Background: Criminal Investigator; polygraph examiner; retired Detective, Major Crimes Unit, Philadelphia Police Department

Nathan Gordon, Board Member
Expertise: Forensic psychophysiology, forensic interviewing; statement analysis
Background: Forensic psychophysiologist; Director of the Academy for Scientific Investigative Training, an accredited polygraph school; teaches forensic interviewing, statement analysis and interrogation; President of the International Society of Polygraph Examiners;  President of the Pennsylvania Polygraph Examiners’ Association; Past President of the American Polygraph Association

John Maxwell, Board Member
Expertise: Police administration, criminal investigations
Background: Former Chief of Detectives, Philadelphia Police Department

John Nemec, Board Member
Expertise: Terrorism/Counter terrorism; security; investigations; organized crime; corruption; National Center Missing and Exploited Children cases with emphasis on abductions/crimes against children, cold cases
Background: Former Special Agent, FBI

Joseph M. O’Kane, Board Member
Expertise: Fraud; narcotics investigation; illegal exports; firearms
Background: Former Supervisory Special Agent, U.S. Customs Service

M. Fredric Rieders, Ph.D., Board Member
Expertise: Forensic toxicology, DNA
Background: Director NMS Labs

Thomas McAndrew, Board Member

PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICERS
Edward Tenuto
Walt Hunter

CHAIRMAN EMERITUS
Frederick A. Bornhofen

Committees

The principal operational Vidocq Committees which specifically assist Law Enforcement entities are the Training Committee, The Case Management Committee and the Case Assistance Committee.  All of these Committees are headed by experienced former Law Enforcement members.

Training

The Training Committee is headed by Ed Gaughan, a former senior Detective in the Philadelphia Police Department, provides pro bono assistance in the form of cold case homicide seminars by forensic and investigative experts to law enforcement agencies, regional cold case associations and prosecutors’ offices.  During these seminars, investigators can also request the experts to review their entire case file, including evidence available for forensic laboratory analysis. The Vidocq Society will provide advice or recommendations for further investigation in order to attempt closure for these cases. Presentations and counsel have been provided to groups in many regions of the United States.

Case Management

The Case Management Committee, which is headed by Bill Gill and Carol Sweeney, is the principal point of contact for law enforcement agencies seeking the Society’s assistance.  It arranges for law enforcement personnel to present their cases at the Society’s meetings in Philadelphia, and coordinates post-presentation follow up.

Case Assistance

The Case Assistance Committee works directly with law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies. It is headed jointly by Ben Redmond, retired Regional Director U.S. Treasury Department, IRS Inspection Service, Mid-Atlantic Region; and Jack Maxwell, retired Chief of Detectives, Philadelphia Police Department.

All requests from law enforcement agency representatives for “on site” specialized investigative assistance in their jurisdictions must be made through this Committee.  Approval for this assistance must be made jointly by Vidocq Counsel and the respective Prosecutor in that jurisdiction.