Fort Lauderdale Lawyer Joe Pappacoda

Curriculum Vitae: Joseph J. Pappacoda


February, 1997 - Present :

Attorney At Law, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Private practice attorney concentrating in criminal trial practice, post conviction practice, and criminal appeals.

February, 1997 - present


March, 1993 - January, 1997 :

Assistant Statewide Prosecutor , FL Statewide

Prosecutor's Office, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Assistant Statewide Prosecutor working proactive and reactive investigations resulting in the prosecution of numerous enterprises involved in racketeering and organized fraud activities. My specialty relates to financial fraud, insurance fraud, Medicaid fraud and white collar crime investigations having worked these types of cases for fourteen years.

In charge of Southern Bell Telephone Company statewide criminal fraud investigation and multi-million dollar restitution settlement contract.


August, 1991 - March, 1992 :

Attorney , FL Department of Insurance, Division of

Insurance Fraud, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Plaintiff's attorney in all civil [racketeering] forfeiture cases filed by Insurance Fraud Division in south Florida. Managed cases from initial pleadings through disposition.

Appointed Special Assistant State Attorney in Broward County, FL and assisted in the prosecution of a major insurance fraud case. Researched and drafted memoranda, motions and responses on various criminal law issues of first impression.


July 1991 - December 1991 :

Expert Witness, Florida Statewide Prosecutor's Office

Hollywood, FL

Investigated the accounting operations of the Art Deco Hotels, Miami Beach, FL relative to sales tax thefts. Prepared a probable cause affidavit in support of an arrest warrant issued in that case.


May 1989 - May 1990 :

Provided expert witness testimony in the area of financial accounting and auditing related to a major gasoline and diesel fuel tax theft trial. Reconstructed all evidence used in trial and provided extensive guidance to Prosecutor in pretrial matters, trial preparation and trial.


January 1984 - July 1988 :

Special Agent , Florida Department of Law Enforcement,

Division of Criminal Investigations, Pompano Beach, FL

Initiated racketeering investigations of organized crime, white collar crime and financial fraud. Provided expert witness testimony in the area of financial accounting in south Florida related to financial criminal investigations.

Case agent "Operation Tiger-Tail", a $40,000,000 theft from Florida State perpetrated by the Colombo organized crime family: Michael Franzese, et. al.

Honors: FDLE 1986 Group Award


October 1982 - December 1983 :

Senior Accountant , KPMG Peat Marwick [formerly Peat, Marwick, Mitchell, & Co.], Providence, RI

In-charge of financial statement audits for major corporate clients including, internal accounting control audits, tax return preparation and supervision of accounting staff personnel.


October 1981 - October 1982 :

Advanced Staff Accountant , Ernst & Young [formerly Ernst Whinney], Hartford, CT

Audited numerous nursing homes, banks, colleges, and manufacturers related to interim and year end financial statement audits.




Joe Pappacoda
Joseph J. Pappacoda

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