Larry Amaker is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Amaker & Associates Investigations, LLC. In this position, Mr. Amaker is responsible for the strategic management, personnel development, and operational oversight of a premier regional investigation and security consulting company.
Prior to forming Amaker & Associates Investigations in August 2008, Mr. Amaker served a distinguished career in law enforcement, spanning over 36 years. This service encompassed all areas of law enforcement, including corrections, uniformed patrol, academia, and federal criminal investigation. Mr. Amaker has served in sworn and unsworn positions in six law enforcement agencies.
Mr. Amaker began his law enforcement career as a civilian supervisory employee in the New York City Department of Corrections. He then entered the White Plains (NY) Police Department as a sworn officer, ranking number seven in the entire department for felony arrests in his first year. Mr. Amaker then transferred to the NYC Police Department (NYPD), where he graduated first in his academy class of over 450 graduates. After being laid off in the NYC Fiscal Crisis of 1975, Mr. Amaker was hired as the department liaison between the Vera Institute of Justice and the NYPD in the landmark study of Women in Policing. He was then selected by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms as a Special Agent. During his tenure at BATF, he was case agent in several significant international investigations, one of which led to the infamous F. B. I. Pizza Connection case. He also conducted undercover investigations of firearm trafficking in the New York City area.
During an agency reorganization in 1982, Mr. Amaker transferred to the U. S. Secret Service. There he participated in several significant investigative initiatives and investigations, including participation in the NY Field Office Major Case Squad. Mr. Amaker also conducted the agency's first investigations into the realm of what is now known as cybercrime. This included possibly the first pursuit of co-conspirators in the United Kingdom and the U.S. involved in cyber extortion. The facts of this investigation are chronicled in the book Beating the System, Hackers, Phreakers and Electronic Spies - the inside story of Edward Singh and the electronic underworld.
Mr. Amaker served in the New York Field Office, the Vice Presidential Protective Division under two Vice Presidents, the Las Vegas Field Office, the nascent Major Events Division, and the Inspection Division (now known as the Office of Professional Responsibility). Mr. Amaker retired from the U.S. Secret Service as an Assistant Inspector.
After leaving the Secret Service, Mr. Amaker served in the Office of Inspector General (OIG) for the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). While there he managed the Baltimore (MD), Washington (DC), and Richmond (VA) offices. He then was promoted to Special Agent in Charge of the Disaster Relief Oversight Division, responsible for mitigating program fraud in the $17B Katrina Disaster program. Mr. Amaker retired from OIG in October 2007.
Subsequent to his law enforcement service, from 2009 until 2011 Mr. Amaker served as Director of Investigations for a nationally recognized accounting and management consulting firm, one of eight contracted with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to manage the closure of failed banks placed into receivership by the FDIC. In this role, Mr. Amaker directed several simultaneous teams of investigators assigned to determine evidence of any professional liability for the closure on the part of bank officers and directors.
Mr. Amaker has earned a bachelor degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. While earning his undergraduate degree, he served as an adjunct associate professor in criminal justice. Mr. Amaker has provided training and advice to law enforcement and others in the area of cyber crime, and program fraud. He has also provided advice and expertise to the Parliament of the United Kingdom in the development of anti-hacking laws and to the Nevada State legislature concerning fraudulent cellular telephone service. Mr. Amaker is a member of ASIS International, the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC), The National Council of Investigation and Security Services (NCISS), lntellenet, and other security associations. He is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), and a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners for over 25 years.
Mr. Amaker has received numerous awards in his professional career.