Alyn Beauregard ’14 never thought she would be investigating bank fraud.
A spring start alum, Beauregard always enjoyed problem-solving and knew a law degree would give her the skills to evaluate complex issues and think creatively about how to resolve them.
“I chose California Western because of the school's blend of the traditional scholarly law school curriculum with practical, skills-based training,” she says.
Beauregard credits California Western’s adjunct Prof. Bill Aul for guiding her career decisions over the years, citing his Business Entity Finance and Securities Regulation courses as must-haves for any business lawyer .
“Professor Aul has been an invaluable mentor to me since I was a student,” states Beauregard.
After a clerkship with a judge at the federal court in Philadelphia, Beauregard joined the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) in Washington, D.C. as an attorney.
The OCC is an independent bureau of the U.S. Department of the Treasury whose mission is to ensure that national banks and federal savings associations operate safely and soundly, provide fair access to financial services, treat customers fairly, and comply with all applicable laws and regulations.
Making the most of her problem-solving skills, Beauregard works in the OCC's Enforcement and Compliance Division (E&C), which serves as the agency’s counsel for formal investigations and enforcement actions .
“If the OCC’s bank examiners discover potential violations of law or regulation, or unsafe or unsound practices, the E&C investigate to determine whether there is a legal basis for taking enforcement action,” says Beauregard.
Although not at liberty to discuss specific investigations due to confidentiality, Beauregard shares that she has been involved in a wide variety of investigations at the OCC, including several fraud cases.
“I love putting together the pieces of the puzzle by taking the supervisory record and supplementing as necessary by subpoenaing other documents or testimony,” she says.
As part of the E&C Beauregard also coordinates her investigations with other federal agencies including the Department of Justice and other federal banking and regulatory agencies, including the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
“Gathering all the information allows us to make a more informed recommendation about whether an enforcement action is legally supportable,” says Beauregard.