Melvin Ross Gudknecht was born in Philadelphia, Pa. and raised in and around the city. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from LaSalle College.
Melvin was commissioned as a Special Agent, Intelligence Division, IRS, US Treasury Department, Philadelphia District Office.
He attended the Treasury Department’s Criminal Investigator School, Special Agent Basic School of IRS Intelligence Division, and Basic Income Tax Law.
He was the recipient of Special Achievement Awards and Commendations for outstanding performance in his career of twenty-six years.
Awards were presented by the Inspector General, US Department of Labor; Director of the FBI; US Justice Department; US attorneys in Philadelphia and Delaware; Chief, Intelligence Division IRS; Special Agents in Charge of US Customs, Postal Inspectors; Organized Crime Strike Force, the President’s Commission on Organized Crime, et al.
Former member of the distinguished Vidocq Society, MAGLOCLEN, the Association of Former Special Agents of IRS, and Vice President of Federal Criminal Investigator Association.
He spent 26 years in law enforcement and attained the rank of Assistant Regional Inspector General for Investigations. Ater his career, he worked as a Burlington County Prosecutor’s Agent and Investigator for NJ Consumer Affairs.