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According to the Corporate Finance Institute, corporate due diligence involves an investigation or audit designed to “confirm all relevant facts and financial information and to verify anything else” related to an investment deal. Completed before a deal closes, due diligence provides the buyer or investor with “an assurance of what they’re getting.” The due diligence process is
One of the most effective methods private investigators use to gather information is surveillance. Through legal surveillance practices, a professional private investigator can gain data and insights regarding the behaviors of individuals who may be involved in unethical business behaviors or criminal acts, such as corporate fraud and insurance fraud. Surveillance investigations provide attorneys, insurance
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The leaders you hire profoundly impact your company’s culture, productivity, competitiveness, and financial outlook. As stated by Indeed, effective leaders “provide clarity of purpose, motivate, and guide the organization to realize its mission.” Conversely, poor leadership comes at a price. For example, marketplace data shows that “71% of Millennials will leave their job within two
The use of private investigators is on the rise, growing by more than 13% annually in the U.S., according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. If you are a business owner in the insurance, human resources, asset management, or legal services industry, there are many reasons you may wish to enlist the help of a
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Author: Andrew Hesner Data from the Pew Research Center shows that as of 2021, more than 80% of U.S. adults, aged 18 to 49, have at least one social media profile. In fact, there were more than 2.85 billion monthly active users on Facebook in 2021. Since the early 2000s, social media has been the
Author: Andrew Hesner Over the past several years, courts throughout the United States have been redacting dates of birth and other Personal Identifiable Information (“PII”) from publicly accessible online criminal records. While this was mainly implemented to prevent hacking and to ensure consumer privacy, it has been met with much criticism from due diligence and
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Author: Robert Perez Series: Employment Background Checks – A Closer Look In looking closer at employment background checks, it is important to know there are industry standards…guidelines that are generally followed and accepted in the community of like-minded professionals. Perhaps the most prominent of these in the employment background check industry is the 7-year reporting period. That
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Introduction to Docket Research

Author: Sarah Morris Did you know that access to state court records varies widely based on jurisdiction? While all dockets are a record of the proceedings of a court case, they vary across jurisdictions in the type of information recorded, the level of detail included, and their availability to the public. Some jurisdictions provide free
Authors: Tina Thomas & Jody Squires Your company’s partners have found investors, you have raised capital, you have generated transaction leads, and now you have a potential deal. Maybe you have gone so far as to do some initial research into the company’s principals. Now what? Now it is time conduct a consented comprehensive due diligence investigation. Investigators are
Author: Tina Thomas While we are trying to figure out what the new normal is for us and our businesses, debtors still owe their creditors (your clients) money. How do you help your clients find the money when debtors are defaulting? Is this the right time to be investigating a debtor’s financial viability? What Can
Author: Dan Perez As if COVID-19 hasn’t already caused us enough stress and anxiety with concerns about our health, jobs, money and the future, now comes the next dose – fraudsters and scammers ramping up to take advantage and serve us more pain and aggravation. Just this morning, I read about a CBD oil manufacturer

Investigative Trends Amid COVID-19

Author: Joe S. Bettner As we continue through these uncertain and unprecedented times, now more than ever is it important for each and every individual to do their part in helping contribute to the overall health and safety of the world. For many of us this also means continuing to contribute to our professional fields in
Have you ever considered what kind of people commit fraud, and why? Research has revealed certain behavioral traits that are common among most people who commit fraud, such as living beyond their means, financial difficulties, entitlement, and belief of inadequate pay from their employer. The surprising fact is that these individuals are not typically career
The House of Representatives is reviewing a reform bill that may lead to significant changes to the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), as reported by the Consumer Data Industry Association earlier this month. These changes will directly affect how consumer reporting agencies (CRAs) like Subrosa report information in our employment background checks.  Most notably are the
Author: Ellie St. Aubin What Does a Private Investigator Really Do? When you hear the words “Private Investigator,” “P.I.,” “Private Detective,” or “Private Eye,” your head is bound to start spinning of fantastical ideas. What pops in your head first? Perhaps Sherlock Holmes, with the hat, a magnifying glass and a tobacco pipe? Or Thomas