Virginia Adams is a Partner in Ernst & Young’s Forensic & Integrity Services practice based in Atlanta. She specializes in forensic accounting investigations, including financial statement fraud and corruption related investigations. Virginia has extensive experience performing proactive compliance reviews and forensic due diligence across a wide variety of industries, and regularly leads global investigation teams around the world.
Virginia has been involved in a variety of investigations, working on behalf of Special Committees formed by Boards of Directors and senior management involving various accounting matters, including financial statement restatements and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) matters. These investigations have involved reporting to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Department of Justice (DOJ), and to independent auditors.
Virginia began her career as a part of EY’s audit practice in Atlanta, and has worked in the New York and Boston offices of EY during her career. Virginia holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business from the University of Georgia and a Master of Science in Accountancy from the University of Virginia. She has co-authored several publications addressing fraud and corruption risk and is a frequent speaker on these topics. Virginia is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in Georgia and New York and is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).
Virginia is actively involved in serving on boards of not-for-profit entities, and currently serves on the board of the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation and the Georgia Appleseed Center for Law and Justice. She is a member of the Atlanta chapter of the Women in White Collar Defense Association.
She is an Atlanta native and currently resides there with her husband and two sons.