154 Santiago Avenue, Rutherford, NJ 07070  (201) 450-7012        leithrod@gmail.com 

Thacher Associates, LLC, New York, NY  2012 – Present* 
Former Manager of Investigations
  • Responsible for overseeing and supporting investigative assignments involving due diligence and integrity screening services.
  • Provide intelligence and background information on a wide variety of subjects in support of investigative projects and integrity services.
  •  Intelligence gathering, analysis and information dissemination based on more than 30 years of experience with general and complex investigations.
  • Extensive experience with business fraud investigations, labor racketeering and corruption, and with due diligence strategies.
  • Strong understanding of fraud prevention and risk management techniques and strategies, and the design and implementation of business monitoring of independent private inspector general models.



Metropolitan Transportation Authority, New York, NY   2008 - 2012 
Office of Inspector General, Sr. Investigative Intelligence Officer
  • Gathered and analyzed information to support a special construction fraud task force.
  • Provided intelligence support to investigators and investigative counsel on a variety of investigative projects.


NYC School Construction Authority, Bronx, NY   2006 - 2008 
Office of Inspector General, Director of Intelligence
  • Supported OIG investigations and the prequalification screening of contractors.
  • Conducted and coordinated the exchange of information and intelligence with outside law enforcement, investigative and regulatory agencies.
  • Gathered and disseminated information and intelligence within the OIG and with cooperating agencies.
  • Represented the Inspector General at regional meetings of law enforcement agencies and special task force groups.


Thacher Associates, LLC, New York, NY   1996 - 2006 
Chief Intelligence Officer
  • Directed research and investigative functions that provide analytical resources and information for business intelligence.
  • Designed strategies to provide intelligence and investigative support for client projects.
  • Directed internal investigations of corporate fraud.
  • Met with clients to assist in structuring products and services that met client needs for litigation support, due diligence, and business solutions.


NYC School Construction Authority, Bronx, NY   1990 – 1996    
Intelligence Director
  • Directed the collection and analysis of information on the construction industry in New York City.
  • Disseminated intelligence to internal investigative and administrative operations and to outside agencies.
  • Directed due diligence investigations of contractors and firms seeking prequalification to do business with the School Construction Authority.
  • Managed the daily operations of an Intelligence Unit composed of two intelligence officers, a contractor prequalification manager and nine support staff.


The Investigative Group, Chicago, IL   1989 – 1990 
Senior Investigator
  • Organized and executed complex investigations for clients including corporations, law firms and individual and corporate investors.
  • Worked with teams and managed others responsible for investigations in the Midwest, Central and Eastern regions of the nation.


The Record, Hackensack, NJ  1977 – 1989 
Staff Writer
  • As a news reporter, covered the political, economic and social issues of three Northern New Jersey towns.
  • Reported on major news events and wrote investigative and enterprise stories, including complex environmental regulations of wetland remediation and control of
  • Asbestos Containing Materials.
  • Highlights included a two-year investigative project on the concrete and construction industry that uncovered evidence of a highly profitable concrete company’s connections with organized crime members and organized crime’s influence on trade unions and contractors employed on a publicly financed waterfront development project in Jersey City, NJ.



Roanoke College, Salem, VA  B.A., Political Science, 1970 
 Drew University, Madison, NJ Certificate in Historic Preservation, 2002-2003* 

*Two-year program of instruction and field experience in all aspects of local and state historic preservation programs, including legal requirements, state and federal standards and other requirements, including the study of model ordinances and zoning rules and regulations. 


Monitorship Experience 

Judlau – MTA Appointed (2012 – Present)

Provide intelligence support on site reviews and background on DBE/MBE/WBE.

(Reference: Frank T. Cara, Esq., EVP & General Counsel, The Judlau Companies, 26-15 Ulmer Street, College Point, N.Y. 11354, Tel. # 718-554-2309)

Skanska – MTA Appointed (July 2012 – March 2013)

Provide intelligence support on site reviews and background on DBE/MBE/WBE.

(Reference: Glenn B Martin Flumenbaum, Partner, Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLC, 1285 Avenue of the Americas, New York, N.Y. 10019, Tel. # 212-373-3191)

Safeway Environmental Corp. Engagement – Department of Investigations Appointed (2001-2006)

Senior intelligence officer responsible for on-site reviews; screening of personnel, subcontractors, joint venture partners; developed evidence of involvement by banned individuals, Harold Greenberg and Stephen Chasin.

(Reference: Kirk Eng, Chief Fiscal Officer, Department of Investigation, City of New York, 80 Maiden Lane, 18th Floor, New York, N.Y. 10038, Tel. #212-825-2875)

Scalamandre Engagement – Federal Court Appointed (2001-2006)

Senior investigator for on-site reviews; background investigations on all MBE/WBE subcontractors and suppliers; and responsible for developing evidence of organized crime influence and connections.

(Reference: Arkin, Kaplan & Cohen LLP, 590 Madison Avenue, 35th Floor, New York, N.Y. 10022, Tel. #212-333-0200)

Mills Metals/Tommie Petrizzo – NY County DA Appointed (2001-2006)

Senior Intelligence Officer responsible for on-site reviews, screening of personnel and business associates; compiled reports on the business activities of Tommie Petrizzo, identified by law enforcement agencies as a senior member of the Colombo LCN.

(Reference: New York County District Attorney’s Office, 163 West 125th Street, #733, New York, N.Y. 10027, Tel. # 212-864-7884)

Ground Zero (Bovis Quad) – Department of Investigations Appointed (2001-2006)

Provided vital background information on companies, principals, and individuals suspected of having ties to construction-related labor racketeering schemes and organized crime enterprises.

(Reference: Goodwin Benjamin, Department of Investigation, City of New York, 80 Maiden Lane, 18th Floor, New York, N.Y. 10038)

Environmental Control Company – NYC Business Integrity Commission Appointed (1999-2001)

Monitor medical waste hauling company once controlled by people affiliated with organized crime; performed on-site inspections and review of books and records in order to detect any business or financial connection with organized crime. 

(Reference: New York City Business Integrity Commission, 100 Church Street, 20th Floor, New York, N.Y. 10007, Tel. # 212-676-6300)