Robert L. Kardell

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Cyber & Fraud Crusader


Cyber and Fraud Attorney in Omaha, Ret. FBI, MBA, CPA, CFE, CFF

Robert L. Kardell (Bob) is a determined and fierce crusader for your businesses cyber welfare. With cyber security being the number one concern of many industries and organizations, it has never been more important to have a strategic cyber partner ready to protect your company’s valuable information. Kardell focuses his practice on cyber law and fraud. With his experience working as a Supervisory Senior Resident Agent within the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Kardell has encountered numerous cyber-crimes. This experience allows him to better advocate for and partner with his clients to respond and prevent a data breach. By having a partner like Kardell, businesses have armed themselves with a strategic attorney trained in cyber security and consulting. In the long run, this partnership provides C-Suite Executives an unparalleled advantage in protecting their trade secrets-worth it!


Direct: (402) 315-1239

Office: (402) 280-7648

Fax: (402) 505-3967

As a results-focused professional with law enforcement and private investigation experience, Bob brings a lieu of experience and technical skills to his practice in cyber security and fraud. By having the skill sets of fraud prevention, high-tech criminal investigation, and computer forensics, Kardell provides clients with an individualized experience suited to their company’s needs. As an advocate in cyber, financial, and fraud investigations, he brings a different lens to legal issues. As a regulatory professional, Kardell brings a wealth of experience in advising C-Suite level professionals on banking best practices. Bob Kardell highlights key factors within the law to better explain his approach to addressing legal matters. With his ability to explain “why” something should be done, Kardell gives clients a peace of mind when making major decisions.

Practice Areas

  • Cyber Law
  • Cybersecurity
  • Fraud


Bob’s “Why”

As a husband and father of three, Bob stays busy coaching soccer, baseball, basketball, and football. As if that wasn’t enough running around, Bob has his own training sessions as a marathon runner! If he happens to find some time in his busy schedule, Bob enjoys working in his shop on various woodworking projects or learning more about computer programming.

University of Nebraska College of Law, Juris Doctor, 1991

University of Nebraska College of Business, Masters in Business Administration, 1991Benedictine College, Bachelor of Arts in Accounting, Distinction, 1987

Federal Bureau of Investigation:  Omaha, NE; Chicago, IL; Washington, DC

Supervisory Senior Resident Agent; Supervisory Special Agent; Special Agent; Program Coordinator for Public Corruption, Complex Financial Crime, Healthcare Fraud, and Domestic Terrorism, 1992-2005, 2009-2018

      • Investigated white collar, computer, violent, and counterterrorism crimes such as public corruption, healthcare fraud, bank fraud, mail fraud, wire fraud, intrusions, computer forensics, drugs, criminal organizations, and international and domestic counterterrorism.

Fraud Toolbox, LLC:  Omaha, NE

Owner, 2012-2016

      • Provided software programming services with .NET, Perl, and Excel Macros systems.

BKD, LLP:  Omaha, NE; Kansas City, MO

                Managing Consultant, 2006-2009

      • Handled accounting forensics, computer forensics, fraud investigations and prevention, and litigation support with e-Discovery.

Capsicum Group, LLC:  Philadelphia, PA

                Director of Cyber Investigations, 2005-2006

      • Oversaw efforts with computer forensics, cyber investigations, and litigation support with e-Discovery.

State: Nebraska

  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
  • Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF)
  • Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)
  • AccessData Certified Examiner (ACE)
  • A+ Computer Certification
  • Network + Computer Certification
  • FBI case agent on numerous large, interagency public corruption, white collar crime, and counterterrorism investigations through the initial investigative stages to the final trial verdict. Below are some of my notable cases:

United States v. Cook County Judge George J.W. Smith (Case Agent)

  • Indictment of a sitting Cook County Judge on charges of corruption.
  • Investigation resulted in the guilty plea of Judge Smith to charges of mail fraud and tax fraud.

United States v. US Congressman Mel Reynolds (Case Agent)

  • Indictment of a US Congressman on charges of bank fraud, mail fraud, wire fraud, and fraud on the Federal Election Commission.
  • Investigation resulted in the trial of Reynolds and ultimately a guilty verdict on 15 of 16 counts. His wife, Marisol Reynolds, also pleaded guilty.

United States v. Robert Carter and Virginia Carter (Case Agent)

  • Investigated the theft of over $22 Million from National Accident Insurance Underwriters.
  • 36 count indictment returned by the Grand Jury.
  • Robert Carter pleaded guilty; trial verdict of guilty for Virginia Carter.

United States v. Nicholas Boscarino (Case Agent)

  • Investigated the extortion of money from the Village of Rosemont, Illinois.
  • Four-week trial and a guilty verdict of all counts.
  • Investigation and indictment resulted in guilty pleas from other defendants, Ralph Aulenta for fraud and Irv Mangurten for perjury.

United States v. Chicago Alderman Jesse J. Evans (Case Agent)

  • Indictment of a City of Chicago Alderman on charges of bank fraud, mail fraud, wire fraud, and tax fraud.
  • Investigation resulted in the trial of Evans and ultimately a guilty verdict on 15 of 16 counts.

United States v. Village of Niles Mayor Nicholas Blase (Case Agent)

  • Initiated the investigation of Blase through a financial analysis of bank and credit card transactions
  • Identified and recruited a cooperating individual for the recording of conversations with the individual paying the bribes
  • Village of Niles Mayor was indicted on charges of bank fraud, mail fraud, wire fraud, and tax fraud
  • Nebraska State Bar Association
  • Nebraska State Board of Public Accountancy
  • Nebraska Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
  • Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE)
    • Fraud- Editorial Advisory Committee (2007-Present)
    • Heartland Chapter- Board Member (2007-2010)
  • High Tech Crime Investigators Association
    • Nebraska Chapter- President (2009-2010)
  • Defrauding For Fun Not Needed, Fraud Magazine, July-August 2015
  • Analysis of Digital Financial Data, Law Enforcement Bulletin, August 2011
  • Designing a Litigation Hold Process, The Nebraska Lawyer, October 2007
  • Five Ways Computer Forensics Can Aid Discovery, The Nebraska Lawyer, October 2007
  • Internal Auditors and Computer Forensics: A First Responder’s Guide, Internal Auditing, May-June 2007
  • Three Steps to Fraud Prevention in the Workplace, The Nebraska Lawyer, March 2007
  • The Lessons of Fraud, The Nebraska Banker & Wyoming Banker, March/April 2007
  • Spousal Privileges in the Federal Law, Law Enforcement Bulletin, August 2003
  • Terrorism Financing and Money Laundering
    • Cairo, Egypt, February 2010
    • Baghdad, Iraq, May 2010
    • Abuja, Nigeria, September 2010
    • Algiers, Algeria, November 2010
    • Astana, Kazakhstan, September 2014
  • International Terrorism Investigations
    • Cairo, Egypt, February 2010
    • Baghdad, Iraq, May 2010
    • Abuja, Nigeria, September 2010
    • Algiers, Algeria, November 2010
    • Astana, Kazakhstan, September 2014
  • Protecting Your Assets, May Estate and Business Planning Institute, University of Nebraska College of Law, May 10-11, 2007
  • Inexpensive; But Effective Fraud Prevention,, April 25, 2007
  • Fraud: History, Detection, and Prevention, Association of Builders and Contractors, February 21 &27, 2007; Exploring Challenges for Tax Exempt Organizations (Not-for-Profit Conference), October 11, 2007
  • Small Businesses Need to Make Extra Efforts to Help Ensure Fraud Protection, Midlands Business Journal, March 30, 2007
  • Public Corruption Investigations, South Chicago Lions Club, August 2000
  • Protecting Your Financial Information on a Computer, Oxford Bank, February 1998

Certificates of Achievement:

  • Terrorist Financing Operations Section
  • Joint Terrorism Task Force
  • Public Corruption Investigation (x2)
  • Public Corruption

Letters of Recognition:

  • Public Corruption (x2)
  • 9/11 Investigation
  • Gangs/ Drugs (x2)

Citation for Special Achievement (Three Consecutive Years): Omaha Division Supervisor

Outstanding Investigation: High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area

Performance Award (x2)

Certificate of Commendation: Computer Investigation

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