Unannounced visits to senior care facilities

Unannounced visits to senior care facilities

No one looks forward to putting a loved one in senior care facilities or a nursing home. The task of choosing the right senior care facility can be overwhelming. While everything might look good on the initial visit, there are several things you can do to protect your elderly or disabled family members from mistreatment…

Using a private investigator to help prevent worker’s comp fraud

Using a private investigator to help prevent worker’s comp fraud

We all pay a price for worker’s comp fraud, but businesses shoulder the majority of the costs and responsibly. Businesses pay higher worker’s comp premiums because insurers pass the high costs of fraud onto their policyholders. Often the premium increases are large and very damaging —especially for smaller businesses that can least afford higher premiums.…

Background checks on caregivers

Background checks on caregivers

Over the past decade, the use of in-home caregivers has increased to serve the growing necessities of the aging population in the United States. These caregivers assist elderly and disabled individuals with the needs of daily life from helping take medication to bathing. Caregivers spend hours each day with patients in their homes, sometimes even…

Cold cases: How a private investigator can help

Cold cases: How a private investigator can help

Across the country there are hundreds of thousands of unsolved crimes and cold cases. Private investigators have proven to be very valuable in assisting clients in helping to solve murder, kidnapping, rape, stalker, and felony crime cases. They can shed new light or bring a different perspective with the hopes of bringing these cases back out into the open. Ultimately, a private investigator can assist clients in these cases by helping them fill in the details surrounding a case.

Worker’s comp: How private investigators could help prevent fraud

Worker’s Comp: How Private Investigators Could Help Prevent Fraud

With the economy still on the mend, the National Insurance Crime Bureau estimates worker’s compensation claimant fraud to be the fastest growing insurance scam of the decade. Fraudulent claims have spiked nationwide and continue to gain momentum even with state agencies attempting to crack down on the defrauders. It’s not always a popular topic, but…

Hollywood myths about private investigators

Hollywood myths about private investigators

Jim Rockford. Thomas Magnum. Philip Marlowe. Each of these fictional private investigators has helped to ingrain numerous myths about private investigators in the eyes of the public. Yet, clients are often disappointed to learn that their case is more like an episode of Colombo with the drudgery of following the leads, doing hours of surveillance,…

The good, the bad, and the ugly of private investigators

The good, the bad, and the ugly of private investigators

According to PI Magazine, a trade publication for the private investigator profession, there are approximately 100,000 private investigators active in the United States. That number includes world-class investigators, the less-than-reputable operators, and the individuals who barely cling to their private investigator licenses. Over the course of my 40-plus year career as a private investigator, I…

Investigating investment opportunities and avoiding scams

Investigating investment opportunities and avoiding scams

Ponzi schemes, pyramids, and pump and dump frauds are but a few of the colorful names given to the multitude of ways to separate people from their money through investment scams. While some of these schemes have involved billions of dollars, most frauds are happy to scam smaller dollar amounts. According to the U.S. Securities…