While organized retail crime has become a growing trend that vexes businesses, what appears to be an old-fashioned five-finger discount recently plagued the mother of all jewelry retailers, Tiffany & Co.Details
When you need a private investigator in San Francisco, our experience is second to none.
There are a number of private investigators in San Francisco. None of them can compete with what Martin Investigative Services brings to the table.
Over 40 years of local experience in San Francisco.
Over the last 40 years, we have developed solid relationships with local law enforcement, attorneys, and professionals in a number of fields.
More often than not, these relationships help us produce results in a short amount of time.
Our private investigators are former Federal agents.
Our private investigators are former DEA, FBI, IRS, and Secret Service agents. This is a benefit that few other private investigators in San Francisco offer.
You can be assured that your case will be conducted with a level of professionalism that only years of training and investigative experience can bring.
San Francisco private investigation case studies:
Here are a few real-life examples of recent private investigation cases we’ve had in San Francisco:
San Francisco Case Study:
Somebody Is Watching You
We were recently retained by a large well-known civil law firm in San Francisco that renders legal advice to financial institutions in the financial district of San Francisco. They were interested in our in-house computer system and how it could help this with asset searches and recovering monies owed from current judgments.
One of the senior attorneys shared with me that her daughter, a lawyer in another firm, was concerned that someone was “tapping” her phone and computers while she performed legal work for her firm at home.
We advised that we could perform an electronic eavesdropping detection sweep at her home. He was advised this was not a sideline for us but an integral part of our business. She was also referred to our website which deals with this subject matter, BugSweepTeam.com.
Our staff performed a two-day, three phase sweep of the subject’s residence. Our technician found a small camera secreted in the master bedroom of the residence. The subject was advised and immediately suspected her recently divorced husband.
A plan was devised by our investigative staff so that the husband was to take their two children while our client went away on business. Surveillance was maintained on the residence and shortly after her departure, our surveillance investigators observed the ex husband enter the residence with a key.
Previously placed cameras by our staff recorded the ex removing his hidden camera in our client’s bedroom. The local law enforcement agency was notified and charges are currently pending with the local police and district attorney’s office.
San Francisco Case Study:
Trust Attorney Not To Be Trusted
We were recently contacted by a thirty-eight year old female resident of San Francisco who saw us on TV. Her husband had been killed six months previously in a vehicle accident.
She was left with three children, two boys and a girl. There was a two million dollar life insurance policy with her as the beneficiary. There were also two homes and three commercial properties which were all free and clear. So the obvious question was, “what is the problem?”
She advised that the attorney handling her estate and the trust litigation had billed her $78,000.00+ for services rendered during the past few months. He stated that he was working on getting the insurance proceeds and arranging for real estate agents to sell the properties.
We immediately had her complete a timeline of events and gathered all relative and pertinent documents. It became clear that the attorney was taking advantage of this woman who was emotionally spent and not very street-smart to the assets she was entitled.
We recommended a new trust attorney who advised the current attorney through a substitution of attorney that his services were no longer needed. The new attorney obtained the insurance money within eight days.
The real estate agents were found by our office in a background search to be getting kickbacks from the attorney for the listings. New real estate agents known to our agency were contacted and sold the residential properties within 30 days. They recommended to our client that she keep the commercial properties and lease them out. The cash flow was found to be very positive versus selling them at that time.
The new firm sent a letter requesting a full accounting of the monies paid to the first law firm. When they could not justify their fees, an agreement was reached that they would return the sum of $65,705 to our client.
San Francisco Case Study:
San Francisco Murder Alibi
Janie Pang, living in Orange County, hired Martin Investigative Services to follow her husband, Danny Pang, who she believed to be having an affair. Mr. Pang was followed to San Francisco, where he was observed with another woman.
Mrs. Pang called Mr. Martin the next day at 11:15 am, asking if she could be an hour late for their noon appointment to review the video. Mr. Martin advised that would be no problem. The newspapers later reported the following: “Mrs. Pang was scheduled to meet with the investigator at noon. Shortly before that, the doorbell rang at the Pang’s home. The family’s maid heard Mrs. Pang, her 5-year-old boy at her side answer the door and begin talking to the visitor who asked if she was “Miss Pang.”
She then began screaming. The maid saw her chased by an elegantly dressed man carrying a briefcase and holding a gun. As Mrs. Pang cowered in a closet, he shot her dead.
Later police called Mr. Martin and advised they had found his business card on the nightstand near Ms. Pang’s bed. The detective later advised Mr. Martin of the death of his client. He further stated that Mr. Pang was the primary suspect.
The efforts of our investigator diligently tracking and recording video of Mr. Pang at the exact time his wife was murdered proved to be an airtight alibi for Mr. Pang. It was impossible for Mr. Pang to be the killer, as he was in a San Francisco restaurant at precisely the same time his wife was shot. In addition, his visit was recorded by a licensed investigator with the date and time imprinted on the video. Mr. Pang was never charged.
How ironic that the actions of Mrs. Pang hiring a private investigator saved her husband. A lawyer who worked for Mr. Pang was arrested for the murder. He had previously left his identification on the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco as if to indicate he had jumped off the bridge and committed suicide. His trial resulted in a hung jury.
Ironically, many years later, Mr. Pang called and requested that we provide investigative services to him and his companies. On September 13, 2009 Mr. Pang died after being rushed to the hospital. In January, 2010 the death was ruled a suicide. The toxicology report indicated toxic levels of oxycodone and hydrocodone. Mr. Pang was under investigation for owing investors to his PEM Group $823 million dollars.
Why choose Martin Investigative Services? Here’s why:
High success rate.
40+ years experience.
We provide quality investigative services with an unmatched success rate. We provide you with confidence and peace of mind.
Former Federal agents.
Experience & training.
Our network is composed of private investigators that are former DEA, FBI, IRS, and Secret Service agents.
Our friendly staff can help with your issue, or point you in the right direction. The consult is free and confidential.
Evidence that stands up.
Our experienced investigators provide court-admissible evidence that can make all the difference in a trial.
Martin Investigative Services in the news:
Over 40 years of press.
Investigator turns from drugs to bugs to keep board room safe for business.Details
Private investigator Thomas Martin featured in an article from the HuffPost regarding the hidden cameras found in an Airbnb stay.Details
The majority of crimes against businesses are committed by their own employees, according to a lead private investigator and former federal agent in the U.S.
Thomas Martin, president of Martin Investigative Services and author of the soon-to-be-released book, Seeing Life through Private Eyes: Secrets from America’s Top Investigator to Living Safer, Smarter, and Saner, said his company’s investigations show 75 per cent of workplaces with 100 employees or more are victimized by employee theft.Details
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Testimonials for Martin Investigative Services:
It has been my pleasure to work with Martin Investigative Services over the past 30 plus years on many investigations as well as other security related matters. When I need answers and I need them fast I know that a simple call will get me answers that are succinct, current and coming from a supremely knowledgeable source.
President & CEO Patrol One
I have used Thomas Martin’s services for many years and have found his work to be of the highest standards. He gets the job done quickly, efficiently and reliably. He is aware of the law and always submits quality reports. I highly recommend Martin Investigative Services to any attorney, business or individual who is in need of a professional investigator.
Attorney at Law
We have used Martin Investigative Services for three decades. Their work is exemplary; reports are perfect and their testimony is very professional, with great judge and jury appeal. We will not use anyone else for our investigations.
Former Orange County Trial Lawyer Association Trial Lawyer of the Year
I have used Martin Investigative Services for everything from marital indiscretions to finding hidden assets for more than 25 years. Working with Mr. Martin has been invaluable to my practice. Tom Martin is insightful, creative and never fails to deliver. I endorse his firm without hesitation or reservation.
Attorney at Law
My partner and I have utilized the services of Martin Investigative Services for in excess of 15 years. The services provided have ranged from simple background checks to covert surveillance and investigations into corporate malfeasance/conversion/theft of assets.
I have found Martin’s investigators conscientious, qualified, and most important of all, very credible to triers of fact when their testimony was necessary. Critical to any busy trial attorney is time. I have also found that upon turning an assignment over to Martin Investigative Services, I do not have to micromanage the assignment. It is done promptly and efficiently, with an eye toward the financial resources and capabilities of the client.
Attorney at Law Silverstein & Huston
Tom Martin is thorough, knowledgeable and trustworthy. We have used Tom and his team to great success and will continue to do so.
Partner Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
Successful people know that to be the best, you model the best. I cannot recommend Martin PI any higher! In a five minute conversation with experienced people you can save thousands by bypassing sales types. They do this by cutting directly to the heart based on years and years of passionate pursuit of best practices and adding massive value to their clients. They are an invaluable part of my team and Tom is my most valued mentor!
Author of Destiny's Doorstep
I am proud to state that I have exclusively used the professional services of Tom Martin and his firm for more than 20 years. Whenever the need arises for a private investigator, the only name that I consider for my clients is Tom. In my 40 year career as a family lawyer, I recognized the importance of professional investigators. Unfortunately, many of the investigators that I have encountered have not satisfied the professional standard that I expect. I have utilized the firm in some very delicate and discrete investigations and situations requiring a strong security presence. In every engagement, both my clients and myself have been completely satisfied. I have I have no reservations in endorsing Tom and his firm for any investigative assignments.
Attorney and Firm Principal Hughes & Hughes, LLP
I have known Tom Martin and used his services for many years. I trust him with the most challenging investigative tasks.
Professional and efficient, he and his staff leave no stone unturned to get the job done.
Trial Lawyer, Former President of California's Trial Bar
I’ve represented individuals and businesses (international and local) for close to fifty years, and I’ve called on Martin Investigative Services more times than I can count, often on a rush basis, for help throughout the world, on a number of different types of assignments. I’ve never been disappointed. I’ve always received swift, cost-effective and USEFUL information, which has wound up “saving the bacon” of our clients and making us shine in their eyes. I recommend them without any reservation.
Attorney at Law Callahan Thompson Sherman & Caudill, LLP
I have known Tom Martin since 1984. I, as well as our company, have used Tom’s services over 30 years, personal as well as business. We have never been disappointed! Tom does what he says and I believe he is the BEST there is.
Vice-President Plastic Express
Thomas G. Martin is a private investigator who is highly regarded and widely used by attorneys and other clients in Orange County and nationwide.
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