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Nidhi Rao, CPA, CFE, CFF, CIA

BDO USA LLP Director

Experience Summary

Nidhi Rao is a Director in the Greater Washington, D.C. office of BDO. She has more than 20 years of experience conducting investigations of both public and private companies. Ms. Rao conducts corporate internal investigations and provides forensic accounting services in response to government inquiries and regulatory enforcement actions, whistleblower complaints, and matters involving violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Having significant forensic accounting and internal controls evaluation experience, she has led numerous investigations for matters involving fraudulent financial reporting, employee misconduct and embezzlement, self-dealing, bribery, corruption, kickbacks, fraudulent conveyances, money laundering, ponzi schemes and whistleblower complaints. Ms. Rao also assists clients to assess fraud risks and identify red flags indicative of threats to an organization’s business operations and internal control structures. She has extensive experience investigating and documenting fidelity bond claims for the insureds, the underwriters and as a neutral investigator as well as quantifying economic damages in complex civil litigation. Ms. Rao has been published in several national publications and has presented at various conferences on such topics as fraud investigations, FCPA, corporate governance, fraud prevention, and risk assessments.

Professional Affiliations 

American Bar Association – Associate Member

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

Association of Certified Fraud Examiners

Asian Pacific American Bar Association – D.C. Chapter

South Asian Bar Association - D.C. Chapter

Women’s White Collar Defense Group of Washington DC


B.B.A., Accounting, University of Texas at Arlington