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Case Studies: Surveillance

Child Custody
Divorce Cases
Honesty Check
Identity Theft

Infidelity
Litigation Preparation
Personal Injury

Workers Comp
Workplace Fraud
Workplace Injury

 

Child Custody

Case #1

A client wanted help to gain custody of his child but the court had previously given custody to his ex-wife. We worked with the client to determine how we might approach his problem and decided that surveillance was a good option. The third night of surveillance hit pay-dirt. Even though the client had suspected his ex was involved in the drug scene, he had no direct evidence. Our surveillance vehicle(s) were set up directly across the street from her house and, lo and behold, she and her boyfriend came out on the porch, less than 40 feet from us. Striking up their pipe, we watched and obtained over 144 photographs which, ultimately, were provided to the court as evidence in her drug usage. Strikingly, these photos also included some photos of the child watching the adults in their activities. The decision: the judge awarded custody to the client and ordered her to pay child support. Result: a happy and satisfied father who cherishes his child on a daily basis. Click here to learn how we can help you uncover information that might help you gain custody, even if you are the man in the relationship.

Case #2

A prospective client called us when she felt the need to verify if her children were at risk when she began to suspect that her husband had begun using crack cocaine. That same evening we were able to document the husband's activities and found one of his sources. The next day the client suddenly removed herself and her children from the scene, using an excuse that she had to leave town to care for her ailing mother. Over the next 4 days, we maintained a constant surveillance of the husband and video recorded his frequent visits (often 2 or 3 visits per day) to two other dealers. When confronted, the husband was forced out of the house; however we remained posted in her driveway overnight in the event of his return. She obtained a security system the next day along with new locks for the house. Result: our client has custody of the children and has since divorced the man. Click here to learn how we can help you uncover information concerning the well being of your children.

Case #3

Our client represented a father who wanted to obtain custody of his child. The mother was alleged to be unstable and had remarried another man who was reported to be abusive and a possible danger to the child. The man was reported to throw violent rages and physically assaulting other people, without provocation or cause. The client was also concerned that the child was present when the step-father went into these rages, his behavior would be contributing to the erroneous belief that such behavior was acceptable and condoned. The step-father was believed to have physically assaulted a number of people, beating them severely about the face and then running from the location. Police had been notified of the incidents and given the identity of the attacker, but never took the initiative to actively seek him out and arrest him. Our investigation resulted in the identification of at least 5 previously unknown victims of his attacks and statements were obtained from each of them. One of the victims was a former girlfriend who the step-father had assaulted. She even had photographs of the injuries she suffered from his attack! Nine additional people were identified as potential victims, however our client felt that the witnesses already found would suffice to prove the case. Click here to learn how we can help you win custody of your children.

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Case #4

Concerned that the estranged father of her young daughter would take the child out of the state in violation of a court order, our client rented a GPS from us. Concealed in her child’s luggage, we watched the system continually for the next two weeks. The father complied with the order and never left the local area for the entire visit. Result: a very satisfied mother and a father that had passed his trust test. Click here when you want to know if your ex-spouse is violating any court orders concerning your children.

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Divorce Cases

One client felt that his wife was involved with another man and he demanded proof. We watched her one night meet her paramour at a local pizza restaurant.  There holding hands at the table, the secret kisses, walking arm in arm as they left, the passionate kisses outside in the parking lot; all recorded using our night vision devices. Result: The client was sad at the outcome but happy the issue could finally be put to rest. Click here when you want to know if your spouse is cheating.

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Honesty Check

Concerned that her husband was involved with another woman, our client called us to see what we could do. The best fit for her circumstances was the Honesty Check.  When he said he had to work late conducting inventory we set up our surveillance. Thirty minutes later he locked the business doors and left the area, but called her later saying he was at the office. We were still at the office and he wasn’t.  Result: This didn’t solve every question she had, but she knew for sure that he was lying. Click here when you want to know if your spouse is cheating.

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Identity Theft

Our client called from California and reported that her son had met a woman online who she believed had been defrauding him and may have stolen his identity. The son had continually sent her money; for her broken computer that needed replacement, the car that was no longer running that was needed to go to her college classes and for rent when she ‘lost her job’. We conducted surveillance on the woman at her house, on her shopping trips and inside the stores she visited. Then we reported our findings, the son denied our target was his friend, noting that the overweight woman did not match the photographs she had sent to him. Result: no more support for this con with a hard luck story.  Click here to learn how we can assist you when your identity has been stolen. 

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Infidelity

Case #1

A soldier in the Middle East called and wanted to find out if his wife was cheating on him. We responded immediately and found that not only was she cheating on him, but she was hosting late night parties at their apartment. We even caught her (on video tape) drinking from a bottle of vodka outside the apartment at 4 am (while their baby was playing in the parking lot).  We were compiling our report to send to the soldier when investigators observed her moving furniture from the apartment into a storage unit and then she moved into her boyfriend’s house. Imagine her surprise when the soldier somehow arranged to empty the storage shed. Result: busted and without any furniture, she lost custody to the grandparents until the soldier returned home. Click here to learn how we can find out if your spouse is cheating on you. 

Case #2

Our client said his wife was coming into town late at night so that she could visit her physician early the next morning. He installed a GPS unit on her car and we watched her drive through town and ended up in a nearby town at a local motel. Arriving at the motel we were able to see her boyfriend arrive and walk directly to her room. Several hours later we saw him leave and go back to his wife. She had a difficult time explaining when our client met her in the motel lobby the next morning. Result: another busted cheater. Click here when you want to know if your spouse is cheating.

Case #3

Our client hired us for a three-day surveillance to see if his wife was cheating on him. Allegedly coming to Arkansas to visit her sister, we were able to track the wife to a motel midway to her destination. Sitting in the parking lot of the motel, we were able to clearly observe (and videotape) all the activity in the room (please folks, at least close the curtains). When we called the client four hours into the 72-hour assignment, he was elated at the cost savings. He called his wife and told her of an emergency at home and when she arrived later that afternoon she found vivid photographs of her and her paramour on the kitchen table where her husband was waiting. Result: He has custody of the children; she has a different residence and is living a life of her own choosing. Click here when you want to know if your spouse is cheating.

Case #4

Faced with a cheating wife, our client asked us for proof. We were able to follow her to her date at a local restaurant and then to the boyfriend’s house. Several days later we were able to provide the client with photographs and video of her entering another house after hugging a man in the driveway. Result: one of many busted cheaters. Click here when you want to know if your spouse is cheating.

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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 and led to an ongoing appeal process. Several motions and writs have been presented and several are still ongoing. Our services included surveillance of the ‘victims’ , conducting background investigations, interviewing witnesses, testifying at hearings, and providing other services so that his attorney could 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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Personal Injury

One recent case involved a claim of personal injury by a business owner when he was involved in a traffic accident. He claimed that, as a result of the accident, his right arm and shoulder had been severely injured and he could no longer conduct his business because of those injuries. Facing a substantial claim, our client requested we conduct a surveillance to determine if we could find any evidence that he could use his arm and that he was still working as he had always worked. On our first day of surveillance we were able to video record him helping a customer by lifting a large piece of equipment from the bed of the customers truck, after jumping up on the truck bed. Later that day he assisted another customer unload an automobile engine from the bed of a truck. He had to hook up a hydraulic hand-pumped jack to lift the engine off of the truck. We counted his pumping the jack at least 62 times during a 3-minute period using his right arm. He was later filmed lifting a radiator above his head and placing it into the bed of his personal pickup truck. Result: Faced with this information, he dropped his suit. Click here to learn how we can help find answers when you suspect fraud.

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Workers Comp

Faced with an award of over a million dollars, a national insurance company felt there were plenty of red flags on the claim and asked us to conduct a surveillance to track the daily activities of a man who had claimed to have had his ankle crushed and was hardly able to walk. Our surveillance teams conducted over a dozen surveillances of the man’s residence. Even though he was observed conducting several activities around his house, we didn’t feel we had the evidence the client needed. Continuing our investigations we watch him slip off one afternoon to the local golf course. Watching him from a distance we could record him playing golf until late in the afternoon before we discontinued our activities. Early the next morning, we returned and found two rental moving vans present at the house. After notifying the client and coordinating our efforts, we maintained a continuous surveillance for the next 17 hours. Our efforts found the man climbing steps while carrying heavy loads, helping to load heavy objects as he walked up loading ramps and running across the street and yard when suddenly caught in a rain shower. We immediately provided our report and video to the client who was able to contact the man as he returned to his home state. Result: he lost the entire claim and was forced to repay the amount that had been paid to him earlier. Click here to find how we can help you learn if a worker’s comp claim is a fraud.

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Workplace Fraud

Our client had received information about a possible fraud at their workplace. Unable to locate any experienced investigator with fraud investigative experience, they turned to us. We covertly met with the informant at least 8 times in several different locations over a period of several weeks to obtain the details of the fraud and what he/she could testify to. Obtaining over 97 sworn statements and conducting a variety of surveillances in addition to a series of interviews and a volume of searches through records and databases; we were able to turn a significant amount of information over to the client so they could file lawsuits in federal court for the approximate $4.5 million loss. Result: at the last check, at least 4 co-conspirators were named in the lawsuit.  Click here to learn how we can help find answers when you suspect fraud.

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Workplace Injury

Faced with a continuing problem with employees feinting workplace injuries, a local company requested we conduct a surveillance of an employee that claimed a serious back injury and could not perform his daily duties. Our surveillance lasted 36 continual hours because of the location and inability to move around in the area. During this time, he was observed unloading a large toolbox and apartment sized refrigerator from his vehicle into a back-yard shop. Later he was observed loading several duffel bags into the vehicle. Continuing into the afternoon, he was seen leaving the house on his motorcycle and driving around the dirt roads near his house until nightfall. The employee was surprised the next day when representatives of his employer arrived at his house, retrieved the keys to his company vehicle and fired him on the spot. Result: another fraudster learns a lesson. Click here to find how we can help you learn if a worker’s comp claim is a fraud.    

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