Insurance Fraud Exposed in Surveillance Recordings

Every year, billions of dollars are lost due to people filing false insurance claims. Because that kind of loss tends to trickle downward, the rest of us pay much higher premiums.

Unfortunately, there are a lot of dishonest people in the world. They are the ones who torch their own vehicles and then insist that their cars were stolen. They set fire or hire someone to set fire to their homes and businesses. And, you guessed it, they lie about it in an effort to rake in the big bucks.

Those who commit workers compensation fraud or disability insurance fraud to collect benefits also very negatively affect the rest of us and the workforce in general. Most of the time, a person files a false claim, [...]

Who’s the Fraudster in Insurance Fraud?

Insurance fraud is a huge problem and insurance companies have gotten a reputation for being hard to work with on insurance claims. They see a lot of fraud and the red flags that pop up are taken very seriously.

International Investigators is called in by insurance companies when they see red flags. We don’t make decisions on cases. Our job is to find facts. Sometimes the facts just keep compounding.

In one workers compensation fraud investigation, we were asked to surveil a claimant to determine if the patient was really disabled. Workers comp fraud is everywhere and the premiums are very expensive, in part because of the amount of fraud.

Workers compensation investigation can include documenting the claimant’s activity as well as their contact with medical providers. [...]

Is Using Surveillance Equipment Good or Bad?

If you watch TV at all, you hear continual references to closed circuit TV. In fact, if you spend time in the UK or other European countries you will see them everywhere. We realize that makes some people feel uneasy, but there are two sides to surveillance equipment.

The Crime Prevention Side of Surveillance Equipment

Not sure if I should call it crime prevention because it only seems to deter those who respect the law to begin with, but cameras can be installed inside and around public space and places of business to:

Record evidence of theft and other wrongdoing such as vandalism. Authorities routinely use CC TV recordings to identify robbers and submit images to the public for help in apprehending the perpetrators. Employers often install [...]

Burglary and Trickery Foiled by TSCM

After years of providing investigative services, here at International Investigators, there are some things we understand. When someone’s home is burgled, the residents often lose the feeling of being safe and secure. But when someone’s homes is invaded twice in a very short time frame, that fear is mixed with confusion and uncertainty. Sandy* had moved out of her home after the second incident. She was afraid, and not quite sure why the burglary had been repeated.

In each instance, some possessions had been taken: a computer, some collectibles, and then some things like BlueRay movies, CDs and even a few books. It didn’t make sense to her and it sounded unusual to us, too.

Since there was a chance the home would be invaded again, [...]

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    Private Investigators Pull it All Out to Find Evidence to Refute False Accusations

Private Investigators Pull it All Out to Find Evidence to Refute False Accusations

We never know what the next phone call will bring us here at International Investigators. Some of the most demanding cases have been those when someone is blamed for something that they did not do. It could be as serious as a felony where they face a long prison term, an accusation of employee embezzlement or a person whose spouse accuses them of marital infidelity.

You can hear the frustration – and fear – in their voices when they describe a situation and ask:

Have you ever been blamed for something you absolutely did not do?
Have you ever been in the company of a rat, but no one else around you seems to also realize that the rat is a rat? Instead, he presents himself as [...]

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    It’s Not Easy to be Forgettable, Even for Private Investigators

It’s Not Easy to be Forgettable, Even for Private Investigators

Everyone loves a new, shiny car, right? I mean, what’s not to love about a car that catches everyone’s eye as you drive by? Women are often just as excited about a shiny red convertible or a sleek steel gray luxury sedan as men. How about that great big truck with the fancy paint job and wheels that make you feel you can touch the sky? Isn’t that fun? And what about that new car smell…

Cool cars and trucks might make your heart race, but for a private investigator, the primary descriptor goal of a vehicle is anything but showy – it’s forgettable. In fact, the goal is completely forgettable.

Many tasks undertaken by International Investigators are away from the subject’s eyes. Computer forensics investigations [...]

Your Video May Prove Guilt to You, But Not in Court

Due to the constant flood of easily accessible technology, security cameras seem to be more plentiful than ever before:

Many private residences now install security cameras around the exterior of their property.
Business owners install cameras in work areas and building entrances.
Parents with children often install surveillance equipment to keep tabs on the safety of their children with caregivers.

Those constantly rolling cameras can often hold people accountable for bad behavior. But in the event of videotaping a suspected crime, people have a false security about their video skills. You might assume that you don't need the services of professionals like International Investigators. After all you can do it yourself, right? After you read what goes into providing video evidence for court, you might just change your [...]

Surveillance Equipment Documents Workers Compensation Fraud

Like nearly every other business owner he knew, Lance paid close attention to the bottom line. He felt responsible for employees working in his chain of convenience stores. Many of those employees had been with Lance for more than a decade. In fact, Lance believed his stores were surviving the economic crunch because employees were friendly and fair to customers, just as Lance was friendly and fair to workers.

That was exactly why Lance was upset about a workman's compensation claim filed two months ago by a new employee. According to the claim, the employee injured his back and neck when he slipped and fell on a freshly mopped floor. Other employees told Lance the wet area was marked with a cone and no one [...]

Bad Partner Revealed Through Comprehensive Investigation

As a risk-taking entrepreneur, John was accustomed to feeling stressed. But for months, John felt more on edge than ever. Two of his three business partners had readily agreed to the sale of one of their jointly owned companies. But for some reason, the fourth partner adamantly disagreed. With a majority vote, the partners did not need Eric's vote in order to sell. But John didn't want animosity.

He continued to try to discuss the decision with Eric. But suddenly, Eric, the business accountant, was so angry that he refused to turn over tax records requested by potential buyers. As if that situation wasn't enough of a headache, John secretly feared that he was being watched or even followed. He avoided discussing this with his [...]

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    International Investigators on the Case for Large and Small Clients

International Investigators on the Case for Large and Small Clients

Since 1960, International Investigators has proudly served as a professional helpmate to all types of cases. We have worked on numerous cases involving government agencies, municipalities, insurance companies, investors, business owners, bankers and bail bondsmen.

More often than not, we can track down the guy guilty of employee embezzlement for thousands of dollars. We can even find offshore bank accounts, hidden assets and even missing assets. We can prove insurance fraud in many cases involving false claims made to insurance companies.

But some private citizens might assume that our fact-finding service is set aside only for those with deep pockets. That assumption could not possibly be farther from the truth.

Our firm is filled with a unique mix of investigators with all kinds of backgrounds. Some are [...]