Claude is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in North Carolina, licensed in 1987 and in South Carolina, licensed in 2006. His professional background includes work as an Internal Auditor in the North Carolina Department of Human Resources and the North Carolina Department of State Treasurer.
He completed his career in State government on September 30, 1999 as a Special Agent in the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation – Financial Crimes Division. Claude owned and operated his CPA firm in Durham, North Carolina from October 1999 to December 2017, conducting audits, preparing tax returns, performing bookkeeping functions, offering forensic accounting services, reconciling attorneys’ trust accounts, speaking at financial seminars, and providing other accounting-related services to clients.
Claude holds the degree of B. S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In addition, he is Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF).