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Case Studies: Legal

Asset Searches 
Background Checks
Class Action Investigations
Crime Scene Investigations
Criminal Defense
Insurance Investigations

Intellectual Property 
Interviews
Jury Consulting 
Laboratory Testing
Litigation Preparation

Political Investigations
Process Service
Reenactments
Skip Tracing & Finding People
Trademark

 

Asset Searches

After a couple divorced, a local court found that the mother of three children was responsible for the support of the children. Even though physical custody was split between both parents, the father was designated the primary caregiver. When the ex-wife became unemployed, she petitioned the court to release her from the support obligations. The husband’s attorney hired us to see if we could locate any assets that the ex-wife might not have disclosed or tried to conceal. Within a week, our research team was able to uncover a substantial sum (over $400,000) in a bank account the mother had hedden in another state. Result: a really happy attorney who looked really good to his satisfied client. Click here to learn about our legal investigative services.

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Background Checks

A local attorney requested our assistance when a long-term and highly respected business came to him with a problem concerning their senior staff. The company was involved in a highly technical field that required the senior staff to meet very high educational standards. They were often asked to provide consulting services for state and federal governments in a technical area that demanded reliability and precision and they only hired people with a PhD level education. Most of the staff had several degrees, presented at technical seminars and published technical articles in their areas of expertise. The owners became suspicious of an employee they had hired at the most senior level when they received an anonymous tip that the employee was an imposter and actually had no advanced education. Our investigation was able to uncover that there was no record that he had ever attended any of the five colleges he claimed to have attended, having never earned any college degree at all and he had not actually participated in the advanced training programs that his resume indicated. He hadn’t even lived in the areas where he allegedly attended school. Although he had published several articles and had presented at several seminars, his academic resume was completely false. When approached by his employer, he quietly exited the room, picked up his possessions from his office and walked out the door, never to be heard from again.  Result: the business can now work on recovering any existing damage and they know the value of a quality background investigation. Click here to learn about our background services.

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Class Action

Our client was representing a company accused of exposing employees to cancer causing elements. Hired to track down possible witnesses and obtain statements from them, we located at least 11 witnesses, obtained statements from them and also conducted hours of research on the company and its background in the local area. It appeared that some of the claims represented by the plaintiff were disproven by our investigation. According to the attorneys representing the ultimate client our research led to a significantly reduced settlement on the case. Result: a settlement much lower than initially demanded. Click here to learn about how we can assist with your class action cases.

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Crime Scene Investigations

An out-of-state attorney needed us to help find an unnamed witness who had been incarcerated in a local jail. All she knew is the witness had been incarcerated sometime during an 8 month period and that the witness might have been incarcerated in the same area of the jail as a certain inmate. Since we did not know the name of the witness we were looking for, we had to enlist some of our resources to identify all the prisoners in the jail during that time-frame and then go through the list of prisoners to find all the inmates in the jail. Unfortunately, the allegations we were looking into were against one of the jail employees, so we couldn’t disclose where or who we were looking for without compromising our case. This investigation took a little longer than normal, but we were able to locate the witness. Now, we’re just waiting for court. Click here to learn about how we can assist you.

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Criminal Defense

A U.S. military member in Germany was fully acquitted following accusations of sexual contact with 2 minors and possessing child pornography. A team effort resulted in the discovery of an error on the search warrant which resulted in dismissal of the evidence. We also identified several credibility witnesses to support our client. Great team effort using several long distance offices.

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A Hot Springs man was accused of capital murder in the shooting death of another local man in a Hot Springs apartment.  Eighteen months of working with his counsel finally paid off on when the jury acquitted him after only 25 minutes of deliberation. Our investigation helped to gather facts which proved the evidence gathered by the police was not sufficient to convict him.During the investigation we visited witnesses in prisons, interviewed dozens of people, gathered statements, compared evidence, found witnesses that had not initially come forward, drove hundreds of miles and spent untold hours on the investigation. Working with a superb team of attorneys made the case a particularly memorable one. This is just one fo the cases that demonstrates our dedication and the fact that we will put 110% effort into a case even when the odds say otherwise. See more about the story in the Hot Springs Sentinel-Record story written by Steven Mross on May 17, 20133 (Click here for article)

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Our Client faced the death penalty after his 1992 conviction for the murder of his former employer in Lafayette County. We worked closely with his new attorneys to survey community opinion and determine if the registered voters in the county thought our clientcould get a fair trial in that county. Our investigator was the only defense witness called in his change of venue hearing. Our investigator testified that an overwhelming majority of county residents felt our client could not get a fair trial in the county based on surveys that we conducted over a period of several days. Result: The subsequent change in venue and new trial ultimately resulted in a verdict of life imprisonment rather than death. Congratulations to an awesome team again for working so hard to make sure justice was done.

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Incarcerated for over 15 years for the alleged murder of her husband, Belynda Goff is the topic of several websites (find more information athttp://belyndagoff.pbworks.com/w/page/50473724/FrontPage and http://caselaw.findlaw.com/ar-supreme-court/1215100.html and http://www.innocenceproject.org/Content/Arkansas_DemocratGazette_Calls_for_DNA_Testing_in_1996_Murder_Case.php and others) and newspaper articles calling for clemency from the Arkansas Governor. A recent newspaper column by journalist Mike Masterson (click to see his article here) points out several inconsistencies in the prosecution’s story and  problems with the “evidence” used to convict her. We have teamed with the Innocence Project of NY to try to help Belynda get the justice she deserves. We are still working on this investigation.

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Another Federal Criminal Defense
An Arkansas man was charged with Conspiracy to Distribute Controlled Substances with Intent to Distribute 18,000 (18 kilos) of cocaine when he was targeted by a Maryland task force, the FBI, Maryland State Police and others. He was arrested along with a co-defendant as they were traveling in Maryland with what was described as a hidden compartment in a service truck. Ultimately proven to be innocent in court of any involvement in the charges, the client was set free and is now back at home. Resultss: Our efforts along with super legal representation contributed to the overall team efforts in getting an innocent man off of charges that would (and had already) altered his life forever.

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Insurance Investigations

Attorneys who represent insurance companies often hire private investigators to search out information. In a recent case, we were asked to find an individual who was a witness to an accident and once found, interview them. In a rural county in northern Arkansas we searched out and found four witnesses who had seen the accident. Although they “didn’t want to get involved”, they did provide sworn statements that enabled our client to present facts to the insurance company, The witness statements resulted in a favorable finding for the company.  It appeared that the driver of the SUV had been driving erratically before the accident and ran the rural stop sign striking the insured's vehicle. Click here to learn about how we can assist you.

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Intellectual Property

A company in Arkansas took over a restaurant after the former owner vacated the premises. The new owners created a name similar to the former restaurant and even continued using napkins with the original restaurant logos on them. The new menus contained trademarked names of meals and looked remarkably similar to the original restaurant menus. Our undercover visit to the restaurant resulted in obtaining samples of the copyrighted designs as well as an employee admitting that they had a ‘stash’ of the previous owners logo marked property in a back room. Result: a short-lived attempt to benefit from someone else’s trademarked materials.  Click here to learn about how we can help you protect your clients.

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Jury Consulting

We were engaged to provide a legal firm with pre-trial guidance of our perception of the impression that their client would make on a jury,. We were able to provide the legal team with details about their client’s past. We also let them know that the shoes their client was wearing would not be a good idea for the jury to see. Wearing spiked heels and suffering from a severe back injury might not lead to a winning strategy. Result: the firm's client decided to drop her claim. Click here to learn about how we can help you with jury elimination.

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Laboratory Testing

Our client came to us hoping that we could find out who was the father of his wife's unborn child. He had recently found that his wife had been having adulterous affairs and that she had been with several men since they were married 8 months previously. She had even told our client that she didn’t think he was the father. We were able to work with the local court to issue an order for a DNA sample to be obtained from the newborn child. We arranged for the sample and the analysis within a week. The result: our client now knows that the child is his and he’s seeking full custody. Click here to learn about how we can help your client know the truth.

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Interviews

In 1999, a man was arrested in CA and police found the wallet and identification of another individual in his possession. The other person had been robbed and the wallet taken during the robbery. Even though this was a relatively minor crime, the man was a career criminal and was given a life sentence. Later an individual imprisoned in Arkansas ‘admitted’ he had been the one who had committed the robbery and not the man in California. We interviewed the Arkansas inmate along with an attorney from the Northern California Innocence Project. However we could not completely confirm or validate the stories. An unannounced search of the prisoner’s cell revealed a letter written between the prisoners where they had colluded and created their false ‘story.The letter contacained a great number of details about the false claims. The result: both prisoners are still serving life sentences in their respective states.  Click here to learn about how we can help you learn more to help your case.

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Litigation Preparation

Our client was charged with four counts of a sex crime and wanted an advocate to help him appeal the sentence. Locating and referring him to a qualified attorney, we were ultimately able to find exculpatory evidence which led to an ongoing appeal process. Several motions and writs have been presented and several are still ongoing. Our services included surveillances of the ‘victims’ , conducting background investigations, interviewing witnesses, testifying at hearings, and providing other services in order for his attorney to have factual evidence to work with. Result: still an ongoing process. Click here to learn what we can do to help you prepare for litigation.

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Political Investigations

Hired by a prominent and nationally recognized politician, we were asked to gather information about the personal habits of an adversarySorry, but we can’t put too much detail in this study, we hope you understand. Result: the client was able to use the information to make decisions about the future. Click here to learn what we can do to help you find out information about those in the political arena.

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Reenactments

When our client was arrested for two counts of aggravated assault with a firearm, we went to work. Even though the police report was poorly written, we were able to glean enough information to determine even a rudimentary investigation would have demonstrated his innocence. We took the client back to the scene and conducted a very detailed reenactment using a firearm and a second reenactment using another object (a small notebook). When the victim viewed the photographs of the reenactment he admitted he could not positively say that our client used a handgun. Result: the charges were dismissed. Click here to learn how we can help you learn what really happened.

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Process Service

Hired by an out-of-state attorney, we were tasked with locating and serving an individual who was actively avoiding service. The individual was being sued for over $70 million and the client needed action, fast! The client had hired at least 2 process servers who were not successful. When the deadline for court was rapidly approaching, they hired us. When we found out that this person was going to get on a plane and fly out of the country that afternoon, we became proactive. We were able to locate the individual and get a personal appointment with him (yes, we were deceptive). The result: a successful serve and a very happy client. Click here to learn about our process serving service.

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Skip Tracing & Finding People

We were retained by an out-of-state client to search for and locate a former resident of Texas who had moved into Arkansas and changed her name. Several false leads resulted in a lot of investigative hours and miles with no result/ We decided to take a different approach to our search when we realized some of the information provided by the client was wrong. Finally, we located woman, the former wife of a young man who was supposed to have filed for an annulment. The young man had not filed for the annulment before he suddenly died. The result: she was to inherit the balance of his estate. We had her come to our office, positively identified her and ultimately presented her with a sizeable check. Some good news from a sad situation. Click here to learn how we can help you find someone.

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Trademark

Our attorney-client was representing a client who had registered a trademark many years ago. We were asked to conduct searches of the local court and newspapers as well as to locate and interview possible witnesses in an effort to identify when the violator had first started using the trademark. Result: the violator was notified of our findings and immediately quit using the logo. Click here to learn how we can help protect your client’s property.

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