Asset and Financial Investigations

Financial investigations are critical to proving crimes such as corruption and fraud, confiscating illegally obtained assets and making sure crime does not pay.

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It is not uncommon for individuals and entities to conceal their assets in order to evade debts or legal liabilities. TIN has extensive experience conducting asset searches and uncovering hidden assets.

Asset Investigations

Asset Investigations involve identifying and locating assets (and liabilities) of an individual or entity. This typically includes real property interests, vehicles and aircraft ownership; financial accounts; private collections; and business interests. In cases of legal proceedings, it can be critical to know how much an opposing party is worth – or even whether or not they are financially solvent. An asset investigation is an excellent tool to utilize in these situations.

Often times criminals take steps to hide their assets in order to avoid detection by law enforcement and other investigators. This can include transferring property to family members, hiding assets behind shell companies or offshore accounts, and other techniques. Having an investigative team that is skilled in asset investigation can help investigators identify and locate hidden assets.

An asset investigation can be a valuable tool for those seeking to verify financial statements, collect debt or settle personal injury cases. It can also be beneficial for companies that are looking to do business with an unfamiliar entity. In this case, an asset search can reveal information about the financial stability of an organization and their history of paying their debts.

Identity Theft Investigations

If your personal information is stolen, a licensed private investigator can help clear up the mess. Identity theft can damage a person’s credit score, cost them money and even lead to criminal activity committed in their name.

Investigators trained in ID Theft Investigations will use their investigative skills to locate the identity thieves and prosecute them if possible. Investigators can also collaborate with law enforcement, creditors and banks to stop further incidents of identity fraud, resolve debt and damages and identify criminal activity associated with the crime.

A licensed investigator can provide you with a full report and any court-admissible evidence discovered during the investigation. In addition, the investigator can also testify on your behalf if necessary or agreed upon prior to commencing the case.

Contact local police and sheriff departments to report any suspected incidents of identity theft or fraud. Explain that you suspect your PII was used to open fraudulent accounts, and request a copy of the police report. Stress the importance of the report, as financial institutions often require proof of a crime to resolve disputes and to close out accounts opened by the identity thief. Also, ask the officer to search the FTC’s Consumer Sentinel ID Theft database for complaints in your community. This can motivate them to give your case more consideration.

Fraud Investigations

A fraud investigation involves identifying evidence of fraudulent activity through data analysis, interviews and document reviews. A fraud investigation report is a key tool for recovering losses and achieving financial restitution. It can also assist in identifying perpetrators and preventing future fraud.

Financial investigations are usually document-intensive and focus on records that point to money movements. These documents include bank account information, real estate files and motor vehicle records, among others. A thorough fraud investigation will also look at the link between where the funds came from, who received them and where they ended up. The investigator must be able to prove the source, the recipient and the destination of the funds without making inferences or assumptions.

Fraud investigations often involve a complex web of transactions and schemes involving offshore centers, corporate vehicles, nominees, intermediaries and “straw men.” To identify hidden assets, investigators use a variety of investigative techniques and must verify the accuracy of the information obtained. These investigations can also be complicated by the fact that criminals and their associates frequently move around assets to avoid seizure.

A private investigator can conduct a comprehensive asset search for you throughout the United States for a flat fee. Whether you suspect your partner of cheating on you or that your business’s accountant is stealing from you, an investigator can find out what they’re hiding.

Background Checks

Whether someone is trying to avoid paying their debts by claiming they have no assets or a company refuses to pay for goods and services because of an apparent lack of financial means, an asset investigation will help shed light on the truth. An experienced investigator will stick to the principles of “following the money” to reveal ownership and proof of potential corruption.

An asset investigation can uncover public records that confirm personal property or real estate owned by individuals and businesses. They are often conducted as part of due diligence for business collaborations, to resolve personal injury claims, or in divorce or child support cases. They can also be useful tools in combatting fraud and establishing that a debtor has undisclosed assets.

Background checks are often used in tandem with asset investigations. Employment background checks, which can reveal things like dates of employment, titles held, and salaries, are useful in hiring and confirming work history. County and federal civil searches are useful for providing insight into a candidate’s legal history beyond criminal activity, such as restraining orders or breach of contract suits. International searches are sometimes beneficial, as they can include global watch lists, education, and employment verifications outside the US.

Aside from the more obvious uses, asset investigations are vital to identifying and dismantling criminal networks that facilitate the trafficking of illicit goods or human beings. This is why financial investigations should be included as a priority within a country’s counter-terrorism strategy and also integrated into national risk assessments.