A LOOK INTO WHAT WE DO!
We assist individuals, businesses, and attorneys by finding and analyzing information,
connect clues to uncover facts about legal, financial, or personal matters, offer
many services, pre-employment verification; and individual background profiles.
investigate identity theft, harassing e-mails, and illegal downloading of copyrighted
material. We also provide assistance in criminal and civil liability cases, insuranc
claims and fraud cases, child custody and protection cases, missing-persons cases,
and premarital screening. We are sometimes hired to investigate individuals to prove
or disprove infidelity.
We use many methods to determine the facts in a case. Much of our work is done with a computer. For example, we often recover deleted e-mails and documents. We may perform computer database searches or work with someone who does. Computers allow us to quickly obtain huge amounts of information, such as records of a subject's prior arrests, convictions, and civil legal judgments; telephone numbers; information about motor vehicle registrations; records of association and club memberships; social networking site details; and even photographs.
We perform various other types of surveillance or searches. To verify facts, such as an individual's income or place of employment, we make phone calls or visit a subject's workplace. In other cases, especially those involving missing persons and background checks, we interview people to gather as much information as possible about an individual. Sometimes we go undercover, pretending to be someone else in order to get information or to observe a subject inconspicuously. We may even arrange to be hired in businesses to observe workers for wrongdoing.
We are trained to perform physical surveillance, which may be high tech or low tech,
may observe a site, such as the home of a subject, from an inconspicuous location or a vehicle. Using photographic and video cameras, binoculars, cell phones, and GPS systems, to gather information on an individual. Surveillance can be time consuming.
Our duties depend on the needs of our clients. In cases that involve fraudulent workers' compensation claims, for example, we may carry out long-term covert observation of a person suspected of fraud. If we observe the person performing an activity that contradicts injuries stated in a worker's compensation claim, we would take video or still photographs to document the activity and report it to the client.
We must be mindful of the law in conducting investigations.We keep up with Federal, State, and local legislation, such as privacy laws and other legal issues affecting their work. The legality of certain methods may be unclear, and investigators and detectives must make judgment calls in deciding how to pursue a case. They must also know how to collect evidence properly so that they do not compromise its admissibility in court.
We assist in preparing criminal defenses, locating witnesses, serving legal documents, interviewing police and prospective witnesses, and gathering and reviewing evidence. We also may collect information on the parties to a litigation, take photographs, testify in court, and assemble evidence and reports for trials. We often work for law firms or lawyers.
We conduct internal and external investigations for corporations. In internal investigations, We may investigate drug use in the work place, ensure that expense accounts are not abused, or determine whether employees are stealing assets, merchandise, or information. External investigations attempt to thwart criminal schemes from outside the corporation, such as fraudulent billing by a supplier. We may spend months posing as employees of the company in order to find misconduct.
Financial investigators may be hired to develop confidential financial profiles of individuals or companies that are prospective parties to large financial transactions. These investigators often are certified public accountants (CPAs) who work closely with investment bankers and other accountants. They also might search for assets in order to recover damages awarded by a court in fraud or theft cases.
When we work for retail stores or hotels we are responsible for controlling losses and
protecting assets. We Work as Store detectives, also known as loss prevention agents, safeguard the assets of retail stores by apprehending anyone attempting to steal merchandise or destroy store property. We prevent theft by shoplifters, vendor representatives, delivery personnel, and store employees. We also conduct periodic inspections of stock areas, dressing rooms, and rest rooms, and sometimes assist in opening and closing the store. We may prepare loss prevention and security reports for management and testify in court against people we apprehend. We protect guests of the establishment from theft of their belongings and preserve order in hotel restaurants and bars. We may also may make undesirable individuals, such as known thieves, off the premises.
Allan G. Carter