asset investigations

Discovery, Depositions and Findings

We had a Client, James who started and built a booming business with his longtime friend, Bill.  Bill was outgoing, charismatic while James was more laid back and book smart, while both had the desire and knowledge to start a company.  For years, growing up, through high school and college, they knew they wanted to work for themselves, didn’t want to report to a boss, wanted to have choices and full control over their own destiny and livelihood.

After graduating with degrees in two different fields, they merged their knowledge and started a much needed consulting business in their hometown, just 30 minutes outside of Indianapolis.  Twenty years later, they had talked about selling the business someday to spend more time with their families and [...]

Investments aren’t always Investments

We have all thought “What would have happened….if”, and never gave it a second thought. But in our business, we never wonder “what would have happened” we think “what did happen”.

We had a Client whose best friend recommended an unusual investment opportunity to her. She had dabbled in gold dust outside of the US, specifically in Africa with a small Investment Company out of California and had some pretty good returns. She had been bragging about getting a 35% return on her initial investment of $20,000 and then a 20% return on her second investment as well. When she received her second check, she was asked if she knew anybody who would be interested in turning their dollars into gold, and of course she [...]

I Now Pronounce You Husband and Ex-Wife

Statistics claim that more people are not getting married for fear of divorce and further state that 50% of marriages end in divorce. That means that one out of every two people will find themselves in divorce court or one of two people will know someone that has gone through a divorce or going through a divorce.

Legal ways to track a cheater

After the “I Do’s”, come the “I Can’t Believe He Would Do That To Me”. We hear that a lot here at International Investigators. The ”I can’t believe” is always followed by financial woes. Having been left is hard; having been left with no financial security is difficult. Many times we hear how the wife has to succumb to these facts. Our Client was unaware of their finances [...]

Finding Hidden Bank Accounts in Divorce

Tom and Carrie had been married for 18 years, had two children, lived in the “White Picket Fence” house and joined their neighborhood “Revolving Wine Parties” for the last four years.  Tom traveled a lot and Carrie was a part time stay-at-home mom and part time sales clerk at a friend’s landscaping business.  Carrie was content with her marriage, her children and her life until one day she received the following text:  “Don’t be an ostrich”.  Carrie didn’t recognize the number, so she fluffed it off as an accidental message meant for someone else.

That Friday, Tom returned home from one of his trips early as he and Carrie were hosting the Wine Party at their house.  Tom was in a rather foul mood on [...]

How Does Your Attorney Get the Answers?

Early days of investigative work usually included some dumpster diving and some physical surveillance (with the identified subject usually being a cheating spouse). But those early days in a private investigator’s life have dramatically expanded.

Thanks to technology, investigators have developed an impressive variety of skills and abilities. In the International Investigators office, our research specialists, computer forensics specialists, online social media specialists and so many other professionals are absolutely some of the top professionals.

With that said, International Investigators has a close professional relationship with the courts and law enforcement officials. Our confidentiality code, coupled with trust and respect allows our investigators to very confidently take on all kinds of cases. Here are just a few ways our investigators can assist an attorney:

Locate and interview [...]

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    There is no Run-of-the-Mill or Routine in Good Investigative Work

There is no Run-of-the-Mill or Routine in Good Investigative Work

Ethics is a constant priority at International Investigators. Our professional reputation among law enforcement officials, government officials, lawyers and international business men remains untarnished. With every case we accept, our ethical pursuit of the truth is highly respected. Our clients never have to question the level of our confidentiality and integrity. They never have to question whether our investigative team has the skills to swiftly address the specifics of their case.

Variety is one of the reasons why International Investigators produces good results.

Some private investigators work on capital punishment and other criminal defense cases with defense attorneys.

Others investigate questionable insurance claims and overt insurance fraud.

Before the term 'no-fault divorce' entered the court system, investigators were often hired to provide evidence of extramarital affairs or other [...]

What DO Private Investigators DO?

It’s not unusual for furious people to call or visit International Investigators. They aren’t furious with us, but with a situation and that is the reason they are contacting us. And sometimes with that fury comes an intent that we cannot service.

For instance, one man recently came in with a situation that had him in a blind rage. He was red in the face and yelling. He knew an employee was stealing from his supply house and he wanted this employee stopped. He wanted us to, “threaten him with his job and intimidate him into confessing publicly.”

We let him have his say and then we told him we would not, could not do as he requested. He stopped and told us he thought that [...]

Virtual Currency and Bad Guys

Private investigators like International Investigators consider staying on top of technology one of the requirements of the job. So when the bad guys start a trend of using a new technology, we are ready with investigative strategies to stay in step with them.

We do a lot of computer investigation, forensic computer analysis and mobile phone forensics. In our experience, bad guys are trying to move money through services like Bitcoin. Many believe that transactions through these services are undetectable. While tracing the transactions takes extra skill and perseverance, they are not completely hidden.

One example is that in order to get funds into the systems, the virtual currency has to actually be purchased. And purchases leave a paper trail.

Computer forensics specialists, especially those who are [...]

Investigator’s Surveillance Protects Children in Divorce

When Melanie's husband left the marriage last year, she tried to voice her concerns in court. She tried to tell the judge that, while her soon-to-be ex husband might be a high-profile athlete, he had a long history of erratic behavior. She reminded the judge that the father of her kids had two prior arrests for driving while intoxicated. He was known to use cocaine. She feared for the safety of their young children.

But the judge waved Melanie away as if she was just another frustrated spouse who didn't get the settlement she expected. The expression on the judge's face told Melanie that he suspected that she was only trying to use the kids as pawns, one last-ditch effort to get her way.

For weeks [...]

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    International Investigators Has the Resources to Follow Every Lead – Whichever Direction It Takes

International Investigators Has the Resources to Follow Every Lead – Whichever Direction It Takes

When a property owner contacts the police to report that their boat has been stolen, most police departments follow procedure by sending an officer to investigate. The officer does his job, interviewing the victim, gathering information about the stolen property and filing a report.

Unfortunately, many police departments are understaffed. Officers are already so busy with trying to control violent criminal activities that the report about a stolen boat usually won't be at the top of the priority list. But when the boat happens to be worth anywhere from $200,000 to $1 million, the insurance company covering the stolen boat will likely want more attention than the police department offers, especially if red flags signal potential insurance fraud.

In that situation, insurance companies often seek help [...]