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Cortez E. Richardson

Cortez E. Richardson Licensed Private Investigator

Cortez E. Richardson is a retired law enforcement executive from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development Office of the Inspector General (HUD OIG).

Richardson has over 30 years of government service as a Corrections Officer, Uniformed Police Officer, Detective Police Sergeant, Federal Criminal Investigator, Assistant Special Agent in Charge, Special Agent in Charge and Acting Deputy Assistant Inspector General for Investigation.

Richardson attended Prairie View A&M University in Prairie View, Texas. He studied Electronic Engineering Technology for 3 years. He then earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Organizational Leadership from Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Oklahoma.

During his Federal career, Richardson was the lead investigator in a successfully prosecuted nursing home investigation involving 12-million- dollars of equity skimming.

In March 2012, Cortez was the Special Agent in Charge that led to the successful prosecution of a 25 million dollar mortgage fraud investigation.

In 2015, while assigned over the Texas region, Richardson managed the investigation into the One West Bank/Financial Freedom case that resulted in a 90-million-dollar civil settlement.

Cortez was awarded Manager of the Year in 2018 for excellence in managing the government’s assets, investigations, and response during the Hurricane Harvey disaster.