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Susannah Herkert

Susannah Herkert

Senior Director

Susannah Herkert is a nationally recognized expert in the area of pharmaceutical controlled substance investigations and regulatory compliance. She served with the Drug Enforcement Administration for more than 15 years.

She began her career with DEA in the Los Angeles Field Division where she was a Diversion Investigator on the Tactical Diversion Squad.  There, Ms. Herkert was the lead investigator on numerous criminal/civil diversion cases, including national impact cases. In 2010, she transferred to the Dallas Field Division where she was assigned to the Tactical Diversion Squad. She was the lead investigator on numerous cases resulting in the federal convictions and/or civil fines of physicians, pharmacists, and co-conspirators.

After her success in the field, Ms. Herkert was transferred to Quantico to “write the book” on how to train DEA personnel to successfully investigate violators of the Controlled Substances Act. She was the first Unit Chief for the Diversion Specialized Training Unit.  Ms. Herkert developed and instructed over a dozen courses ranging from Red Flags in Diversion Investigations to Corresponding Responsibility to Charging Corporations. While at Quantico, she was also the Acting Unit Chief for the Diversion Training Unit, which trained all incoming DEA Diversion Investigators during a 12-week in-service accredited program.

Ms. Herkert has testified in federal court on diversion related matters, including providing expert testimony in federal judicial districts throughout the United States on diversion investigations. Her investigative techniques have been adopted by DEA Diversion Investigators throughout the United States and her expertise in diversion investigations is recognized by prosecutors nationwide.

Prior to joining the DEA, Ms. Herkert served as an adjunct professor of Aviation and Space for the undergraduate and graduate programs in connection with NASA’s Aerospace Education Services Project at Oklahoma State University.

She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Agent of the Year award received from the U.S. Attorneys’ offices in California and Texas. She received over a dozen performance awards from the DEA and was named the Dallas Field Division Diversion Investigator of the Year in 2015.

Ms. Herkert is a sought-out speaker and instructor on pharmaceutical drug trends and investigations, speaking at national conferences throughout the United States.

EDUCATION

  • Master of Science, Natural and Applied Sciences, Aviation and Space Science, Oklahoma State University
  • Bachelor of Arts, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Oklahoma

Susannah Herkert is a nationally recognized expert in the area of pharmaceutical controlled substance investigations and regulatory compliance. She served with the Drug Enforcement Administration for more than 15 years.

She began her career with DEA in the Los Angeles Field Division where she was a Diversion Investigator on the Tactical Diversion Squad.  There, Ms. Herkert was the lead investigator on numerous criminal/civil diversion cases, including national impact cases. In 2010, she transferred to the Dallas Field Division where she was assigned to the Tactical Diversion Squad. She was the lead investigator on numerous cases resulting in the federal convictions and/or civil fines of physicians, pharmacists, and co-conspirators.

After her success in the field, Ms. Herkert was transferred to Quantico to “write the book” on how to train DEA personnel to successfully investigate violators of the Controlled Substances Act. She was the first Unit Chief for the Diversion Specialized Training Unit.  Ms. Herkert developed and instructed over a dozen courses ranging from Red Flags in Diversion Investigations to Corresponding Responsibility to Charging Corporations. While at Quantico, she was also the Acting Unit Chief for the Diversion Training Unit, which trained all incoming DEA Diversion Investigators during a 12-week in-service accredited program.

Ms. Herkert has testified in federal court on diversion related matters, including providing expert testimony in federal judicial districts throughout the United States on diversion investigations. Her investigative techniques have been adopted by DEA Diversion Investigators throughout the United States and her expertise in diversion investigations is recognized by prosecutors nationwide.

Prior to joining the DEA, Ms. Herkert served as an adjunct professor of Aviation and Space for the undergraduate and graduate programs in connection with NASA’s Aerospace Education Services Project at Oklahoma State University.

She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Agent of the Year award received from the U.S. Attorneys’ offices in California and Texas. She received over a dozen performance awards from the DEA and was named the Dallas Field Division Diversion Investigator of the Year in 2015.

Ms. Herkert is a sought-out speaker and instructor on pharmaceutical drug trends and investigations, speaking at national conferences throughout the United States.

EDUCATION

  • Master of Science, Natural and Applied Sciences, Aviation and Space Science, Oklahoma State University
  • Bachelor of Arts, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Oklahoma