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Walmart Hires Justice’s Ex-Acting Fraud Chief as Vice President

July 29, 2022, 5:59 PM

Walmart Inc. said it hired Justice Department ex-acting chief of fraud Joe Beemsterboer as vice president for government enforcement and legal investigations.

Beemsterboer spent more than 12 years at Justice’s fraud section, including a year as acting chief, before leaving last month. He led the health care fraud unit for three years prior to taking leadership roles at the section.

His work at Justice, and five years before that as a prosecutor with the Cook County, Ill., State’s Attorney’s Office, “will translate very well to Walmart,” company spokesman Randy Hargrove said.

The Justice section Beemsterboer led, within the agency’s criminal division, prosecutes corporate and Wall Street fraud. The department last month appointed Glenn Leon, the chief ethics and compliance executive at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, to take over leadership of the section from Beemsterboer.

At Walmart, Beemsterboer will develop government enforcement strategy, including helping the retailer respond to regulatory enforcement actions from federal agencies, Hargrove said.

He started July 25 and is based in Washington. He reports to Bob Balfe, Walmart’s senior vice president and chief counsel for global investigations, Hargrove said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Sam Skolnik in Washington at sskolnik@bloomberglaw.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Chris Opfer at copfer@bloomberglaw.com; John Hughes at jhughes@bloombergindustry.com