Alumni Spotlight: Mark Malinowski, CFE, CAMS, Master of Science in Fraud and Forensics ’13

Alison D'Addieco - March 26, 2014

“Carlow’s MFF program has opened numerous doors for me.”

Mark Malinowski has investigated more than a thousand financial crimes involving embezzlement, identity theft, insurance fraud, fraudulent documents, money laundering, and organized criminal enterprises. 

Alumni Mark Malinowski, CFE, CAMS, Master of Science in Fraud and Forensics ’13

Supervisor of the Economic Crimes Unit in the Ocean County, New Jersey Prosecutor's Office, Malinowski has scrutinized the funding of domestic and international narcotics trafficking and tax-related offenses, testified before New Jersey superior court, and even been part of the county SWAT team.

But none of this prepared him for 2012.

"From October 29 to New Year's, we had Superstorm Sandy," he says. One of the many local law enforcement agents involved in rescue efforts, Malinowski will never forget "working 12-hour shifts, driving Army trucks through the floodwater, and rescuing people who chose to stay in their homes."

The devastation was overwhelming. Though Malinowski and his young family-and their Forked River home-were spared, their lives as Jersey Shore residents would never be quite the same.

U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Mark C. Olsen; Alumni Spotlight: Mark Malinowski, CFE, CAMS, Master of Science in Fraud and Forensics ’13
Aerial views during an Army search and rescue mission show damage from Hurricane Sandy to the New Jersey coast, October 30, 2012. U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Mark C. Olsen

"It's all gone," he says. "The boardwalk, friends' homes, our teenage hangouts. Gone."

In the midst of it all, Malinowski had a paper due. He was completing his Masters of Science in Fraud and Forensics at Carlow University, located nearly 400 miles away. He never could have done it, he says, had it not been for the flexibility of the program and his instructor, Jason Bartolacci.

"Jason knew what I was going through," he recalls. "He told me to do what I had to do; the paper would get done."

Carlow's real-world sensitivity drew Malinowski to the program in the first place-and that he could complete the degree entirely online.

"The MFF program is less textbook and more real-life than others out there," he says.

Malinowski's MFF has been vital as he grows his new business, Framework Financial, which develops anti-fraud educational seminars and fraud risk assessments, and as he pursues his ultimate goal-college professorship. He recently accepted a position as an adjunct instructor at Fairleigh Dickinson University, teaching a course on white-collar crime-which he is modeling after courses he had at Carlow.

While no academic degree could prepare anyone for a force like Sandy, Malinowski is equipped to share his experiences and knowledge as he continues to combat financial crimes on all fronts.

After all, he says, "We all need to know how to protect ourselves."