In December 2009, PQA was retained by the Audit Committee of a New Jersey state-chartered bank to conduct an internal investigation and provide legal counsel regarding a large-scale check-kiting scheme perpetrated by one of the bank’s customers. The Committee set a very short deadline for the completion of the investigation. Working over the Christmas and New Year holidays, PQA attorneys Kenneth E. Pringle, John A. Haulenbeek and Denise M. O’Hara reviewed voluminous bank records and other documents, and interviewed senior management and other key personnel of the bank. In early January, 2010, the firm submitted its report to the bank’s Audit Committee. Managing Partner Ken Pringle subsequently presented the results of the investigation and the firm’s legal conclusions and recommendations to the bank’s full Board of Directors.