For those of us who have been divorced, we understand the process and procedures. We know that we either represent ourselves (which could create problems during and after the divorce) or we retain the services of a reputable law firm (which prevents the pro-se issues). We enter into a marriage full of hope and dreams and unfortunately, we are only in control of half of that relationship. We enter into a divorce with the expectation to right the wrongs and in many cases, there are activities that need to be investigated. The he/said she/said of the relationship holds little weight in court. Documented behavior and actions are required. Not all divorces are complicated, but in relationships that end due to deceit, hiring an investigative [...]
Are employment background checks worth the cost for the employer? Does a criminal background search pull up all records? Is a background investigation necessary? Yes, yes and yes. There are many background check services and finding one that conducts verified information searches is important. With the introduction of online background checks, so many people skip the relationship with a brick and mortar company due to expenses. But are they accurate? No, not always and they should never be used in certain employment positions or personal situations. There are too many factors involved with online searches that could produce false results. A good background investigation begins with the verification of the individual’s social security number, is it correct? For determination, you need to know when [...]
When Arthur contacted us at International Investigators, he was perplexed about his wife of 27 years whose personality had changed, her marital demeanor had changed, her sexual needs seemed to require more of an aggressive manner and her choice of provocative clothing was different than her previously conservative nature. She was currently the breadwinner; he was the stay-at-home husband for the last three years taking care of their five children, two of whom were in college and the other three in high school. She was a high-powered executive with a big corporation and traveled quite frequently on business. Arthur equated the changes to a possible affair. Her company cell phone was usually by her side. Occasionally Arthur had the opportunity to scroll through the emails [...]
Sexual Harassment Is Sometimes Hard To Prove. There are always three sides to every story. His……Hers…..and the Truth, but when Laquita came in our office and sobbingly explained that no one at her workplace believed she was being sexually harassed by a supervisor at her workplace, we did. She was very convincing. A large man, twenty years her senior and a supervisor in another department always seemed to know when she was alone and would take that opportunity to grope her. When she told him she was in a committed relationship with children, he left her alone for a while. She confided the incidents with her direct supervisor who brushed it off saying he was a very upstanding religious man with a fine family. He didn’t stay [...]
Conducting a background investigation upon someone may seem fairly simple these days because so much information is now online and so many courts allow access to their records. Many times you have to have some type of subscription to access more detailed information. There are many sites online that allow you to run a name, hopefully the name you put through their system isn’t common, but if it is, you could be getting information on multiple individuals who share that name, even though they may have different dates of birth.
International Investigators conduct background checks and perform due diligence research for the private sector and for many businesses and corporations. Many times a company will take the word of a prospective employee: they have never [...]
One thing we have come to realize at International Investigators is that our business is emotional. Not that we are emotional, but that emotions run high with our clients.
It’s obvious that finding a missing person or pursuing evidence to exonerate someone wrongfully convicted or charged with a crime would be emotional. You might not think that many business investigations are quite emotionally-charged as well, but they can be.
One case, for example, brought tears to the eyes of a big, burly business man. It was a form of business espionage, but not the kind that would come to mind.
When Business Gets Personal
His reputation in the marketplace was he was a personable and fair business man. He was good at the computer services he offered and [...]
When Paul and his attorney came into the International Investigators and shared his story, we were not exactly shocked. Like our staff, Paul is well aware of numerous scamming attempts made by criminals. Despite that knowledge, he found himself a victim.
It all began on a congested city street one snowy afternoon around rush hour. Paul was startled by a loud thunk sound. He wondered if kids made his vehicle their target with a snowball filled with rocks, or if perhaps that sound was explained by a chunk of ice melting and falling away from the undercarriage. But then he noticed a female driving an older model car honking and waving in his direction.
She motioned for him to roll his window down and insisted that [...]