The Case of the Two Utterances

The Case of the Two Utterances

Many a legal investigator has helped solve a case by discovering a witness to an excited utterance at an accident scene or other incident. An excited utterance is of course, in the law of evidence, an exception to the hearsay rule and can be admitted to a trier of...

read more
Elder Fraud and Abuse: Scams, Cons and Grifts 2019

Elder Fraud and Abuse: Scams, Cons and Grifts 2019

Although wide spread around the country, most crimes against the elderly go unreported. Many senior citizens are alone and isolated or suffer from diminished cognition, while others are simply too trusting of the supposed kindness of strangers or even members of their...

read more
The Last Act for an ID Thief

The Last Act for an ID Thief

A 38-year old former payroll supervisor for the Louisiana Supreme Court was recently sentenced for stealing $116,000 from the state, after her conviction for creating fake payroll vouchers using the identities of four retired judges who fill in on the courts' docket...

read more
Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity

Trace Investigations was retained to conduct surveillance on a respondent in a contentious and complicated divorce filing. The subject lived in an at-fault state and was flying into Indianapolis to attend a convention related to the parties' business. Her husband, our...

read more
Assets in the Sky: The growth of digital currency

Assets in the Sky: The growth of digital currency

As the recent trending news stories have shown, more investors are converting liquid assets into digital currency. Tech and financial magazines have been writing about bitcoin, the best known of the cryptocurrencies, for several years. There is now a smartphone...

read more
Is Your Client Losing Profit Due to Theft?

Is Your Client Losing Profit Due to Theft?

Is your client losing profit due to unexplained loss of inventory and fraudulent disability claims? U.S. businesses lose approximately five percent of their revenue each year to various forms of occupational fraud. The median loss for all cases reported was $150,000,...

read more
Asset Investigations: Where’s the Money?

Asset Investigations: Where’s the Money?

We regularly receive calls to conduct asset investigations on adverse parties in a civil case. The target of our investigation could be a responsible party in a serious automobile accident or a judgment debtor from a small claim action or a complicated tort involving...

read more
Haste Makes Waste: Identifying a Responsible Party…

Haste Makes Waste: Identifying a Responsible Party…

Personal injury attorney Jon Singleton's client was a mother and her young daughter, who had been knocked down and injured when a woman exited from a public building in a hurry and quickly left the scene without offering assistance or phoning an ambulance. Jon asked...

read more
The Benefits of Remote Extraction of Digital DNA

The Benefits of Remote Extraction of Digital DNA

Trace Investigations’ all-in-one forensic service for extraction and analysis of mobile devices is on-site and on-demand. We eliminate the associated expense and extended wait times of typical digital analysis. We quickly and conveniently connect the phone or tablet...

read more
Is Your Cell Phone a Spy?

Is Your Cell Phone a Spy?

For almost thirty years, Trace Investigations has worked hard to earn your trust and confidence in the critical services we provide. With that in mind, this issue of our newsletter introduces a new service to combat “cyber spying.” For many years we have offered...

read more
CASE STUDY: A Critical Canvas, a Troubled Teenager

CASE STUDY: A Critical Canvas, a Troubled Teenager

A few years ago, Trace Investigations received a call from a personal injury attorney whose client, a high school senior, was seriously injured in a vehicular collision a week earlier. The wreck had occurred in a thinly populated area of the county and no witnesses...

read more
Bad Actors on the Cyber Stage

Bad Actors on the Cyber Stage

The Federal Trade Commission recently released its 2017 update on Privacy & Data Security. The FTC has a broad range of law enforcement responsibilities in protecting consumers and competition across the U.S. economy, among those is prohibiting unfair or deceptive...

read more
Best Practices of a Surveillance Investigation

Best Practices of a Surveillance Investigation

The investigation of suspicious insurance claims has been well established as a legitimate and necessary practice in the defense of fraudulent claims. Over the years, case law has developed that supports surveillance investigations when conducted in a legal manner.

read more
Case Study

Case Study

The Mechanic: An Insurance Defense Investigation Burke Pangburn (all names have been changed) had been drawing temporary disability checks for several months when Trace Investigations received a call from the claims manager of the transportation company where he had...

read more
A Lie Told Thrice: A Case Study

A Lie Told Thrice: A Case Study

Several years ago, Trace Investigations assisted an attorney in the defense of a man charged with sexually molesting his 15-year old step-daughter. The defendant – let’s call him Leon – said the charge was a false allegation from a troubled girl under the influence of...

read more
Bad Choices Equal Bad Outcomes

Bad Choices Equal Bad Outcomes

Too many business owners are not screening their employees properly, if at all. Even those who have in place a screening protocol may not realize some of those procedures are not up to date, in light of changes in federal and state laws. At Trace Investigations, we...

read more
Scams, Cons and Grifts

Scams, Cons and Grifts

Distinctions without a real difference. It can be something as simple as the lottery scam, where “A person offers to sell a winning lottery ticket or a ‘law firm’ says someone has left you a winning lottery ticket, but you must send money so a computer can verify your...

read more
A Reprieve for Thanksgiving

A Reprieve for Thanksgiving

By Don C. Johnson, CLI In the early days of Trace Investigations, in addition to my investigator license issued by Indiana’s Professional Licensing Agency, I carried a bail agent license issued by the Indiana Department of Insurance. At the time I had a partner in...

read more
Insurance Fraud: A cost we all pay.

Insurance Fraud: A cost we all pay.

Fraudulent insurance claims cost the industry $5 billion annually. Unfortunately, the cost of fraud is not limited to any one entity; policy holders, employers, consumers, insurers and shareholders all bear the expense. The money paid out towards false claims could...

read more
Strictly, No Match – A Case Study

Strictly, No Match – A Case Study

By Christine Koryta Trace Investigations routinely conducts background investigations for corporate clients around the state of Indiana. During one pre-employment screening, an applicant had a relatively unique name. We will call her Pantene Juenese. Pantene supplied...

read more
Public Record Access: The closed record creep

Public Record Access: The closed record creep

Indiana’s Advisory Task Force on Remote Access to Privacy of Electronic Court Records was created in February 2016 to study how to better regulate access to the public record and provide recommendations to the Supreme Court. It is comprised of members of the...

read more
Uncovering Assets

Uncovering Assets

Are you owed money? Are you facing a risky business decision? If you answered “yes” to either question, an asset investigation might be helpful in uncovering the money you are entitled to, or for healthy risk management in a business matter. Whether you are...

read more
Remembering Tom

Remembering Tom

By Don C. Johnson, CLI He is remembered well by many and missed to this day. I was honored to know him and to work closely with him on a number of cases over the years. Attorney F. Thomas “Tom” Schornhorst passed away last year in Oxford, Mississippi, where he was an...

read more
The Case of the Angry Young Man

The Case of the Angry Young Man

Several years ago, Trace Investigations was retained to conduct a fact-finding investigation on behalf of a young man charged with attacking a sleeping man and mutilating him. Our client, a well-known criminal defense attorney, was appointed to act as defense counsel....

read more
“Where’s the evidence?”

“Where’s the evidence?”

Last month I posed a question I have asked many times in casual conversations: Why are there virtually no stories or photos these days about flying saucers or alien abductions, since the ubiquitous presence of camcorders and cell phone cameras? Then I went on to...

read more
UFOs, UAVs and PIs

UFOs, UAVs and PIs

Have you noticed that there have been virtually no UFO sightings in the U.S. in that last few decades that were associated with alien visitations to earth? What happened? Could it have been the sudden appearance of portable camcorders thirty years ago and then a few...

read more
Bagging the Lie

Bagging the Lie

You may have heard an older or retired detective use the phrase "bagging the lie." It means what it sounds like: You have the proof that someone is lying about something. It might be an innocuous white lie or it could be an outright fabrication relative to an ongoing...

read more
Why Licensing?

Why Licensing?

There are two primary schools of thought on whether multiple professionals and trade practitioners should be licensed. One school says there is too much licensing representing too much government overreach and the other says we need licensing wherever there is regular...

read more
“Google is Not an Investigation”

“Google is Not an Investigation”

That’s a direct quote from a friend and colleague in Florida, legal investigator Jean Mignolet (www.mignolet.com), from one of her newsletters a few months ago. I couldn’t agree more. Yes, Google offers probably the most robust search engine out there, but it’s not...

read more
An Accusation of Molestation Proven False

An Accusation of Molestation Proven False

Charges of sexual assault or molestation are grave matters and the effect on victims and their families can be devastating. However, those who are charged with these crimes are entitled to their day in court. This is one such story, with the names changed to protect...

read more
The Role of the Criminal Defense Investigator

The Role of the Criminal Defense Investigator

By Tina M. Skirvin, CCDI The criminal defense investigator plays an invaluable role within the criminal justice system. While diligently assisting defense counsel in uncovering reasonable doubt on behalf of the accused, the criminal defense investigator’s main...

read more
Building Fences

Building Fences

Earlier this month I attended a conference in New Orleans, sponsored by the International Association of Security and Investigative Regulators (iasir.org). The IASIR membership is comprised of licensing authorities from several U.S. states, two provinces in Canada and...

read more

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The Case of the Two Utterances

The Case of the Two Utterances

Many a legal investigator has helped solve a case by discovering a witness to an excited utterance at an accident scene or other incident. An excited utterance is of course, in the law of evidence, an exception to the hearsay rule and can be admitted to a trier of...

read more
Elder Fraud and Abuse: Scams, Cons and Grifts 2019

Elder Fraud and Abuse: Scams, Cons and Grifts 2019

Although wide spread around the country, most crimes against the elderly go unreported. Many senior citizens are alone and isolated or suffer from diminished cognition, while others are simply too trusting of the supposed kindness of strangers or even members of their...

read more
The Last Act for an ID Thief

The Last Act for an ID Thief

A 38-year old former payroll supervisor for the Louisiana Supreme Court was recently sentenced for stealing $116,000 from the state, after her conviction for creating fake payroll vouchers using the identities of four retired judges who fill in on the courts' docket...

read more
Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity

Trace Investigations was retained to conduct surveillance on a respondent in a contentious and complicated divorce filing. The subject lived in an at-fault state and was flying into Indianapolis to attend a convention related to the parties' business. Her husband, our...

read more
Assets in the Sky: The growth of digital currency

Assets in the Sky: The growth of digital currency

As the recent trending news stories have shown, more investors are converting liquid assets into digital currency. Tech and financial magazines have been writing about bitcoin, the best known of the cryptocurrencies, for several years. There is now a smartphone...

read more
Is Your Client Losing Profit Due to Theft?

Is Your Client Losing Profit Due to Theft?

Is your client losing profit due to unexplained loss of inventory and fraudulent disability claims? U.S. businesses lose approximately five percent of their revenue each year to various forms of occupational fraud. The median loss for all cases reported was $150,000,...

read more
Asset Investigations: Where’s the Money?

Asset Investigations: Where’s the Money?

We regularly receive calls to conduct asset investigations on adverse parties in a civil case. The target of our investigation could be a responsible party in a serious automobile accident or a judgment debtor from a small claim action or a complicated tort involving...

read more
Haste Makes Waste: Identifying a Responsible Party…

Haste Makes Waste: Identifying a Responsible Party…

Personal injury attorney Jon Singleton's client was a mother and her young daughter, who had been knocked down and injured when a woman exited from a public building in a hurry and quickly left the scene without offering assistance or phoning an ambulance. Jon asked...

read more
The Benefits of Remote Extraction of Digital DNA

The Benefits of Remote Extraction of Digital DNA

Trace Investigations’ all-in-one forensic service for extraction and analysis of mobile devices is on-site and on-demand. We eliminate the associated expense and extended wait times of typical digital analysis. We quickly and conveniently connect the phone or tablet...

read more
Is Your Cell Phone a Spy?

Is Your Cell Phone a Spy?

For almost thirty years, Trace Investigations has worked hard to earn your trust and confidence in the critical services we provide. With that in mind, this issue of our newsletter introduces a new service to combat “cyber spying.” For many years we have offered...

read more
CASE STUDY: A Critical Canvas, a Troubled Teenager

CASE STUDY: A Critical Canvas, a Troubled Teenager

A few years ago, Trace Investigations received a call from a personal injury attorney whose client, a high school senior, was seriously injured in a vehicular collision a week earlier. The wreck had occurred in a thinly populated area of the county and no witnesses...

read more
Bad Actors on the Cyber Stage

Bad Actors on the Cyber Stage

The Federal Trade Commission recently released its 2017 update on Privacy & Data Security. The FTC has a broad range of law enforcement responsibilities in protecting consumers and competition across the U.S. economy, among those is prohibiting unfair or deceptive...

read more
Best Practices of a Surveillance Investigation

Best Practices of a Surveillance Investigation

The investigation of suspicious insurance claims has been well established as a legitimate and necessary practice in the defense of fraudulent claims. Over the years, case law has developed that supports surveillance investigations when conducted in a legal manner.

read more
Case Study

Case Study

The Mechanic: An Insurance Defense Investigation Burke Pangburn (all names have been changed) had been drawing temporary disability checks for several months when Trace Investigations received a call from the claims manager of the transportation company where he had...

read more
A Lie Told Thrice: A Case Study

A Lie Told Thrice: A Case Study

Several years ago, Trace Investigations assisted an attorney in the defense of a man charged with sexually molesting his 15-year old step-daughter. The defendant – let’s call him Leon – said the charge was a false allegation from a troubled girl under the influence of...

read more
Bad Choices Equal Bad Outcomes

Bad Choices Equal Bad Outcomes

Too many business owners are not screening their employees properly, if at all. Even those who have in place a screening protocol may not realize some of those procedures are not up to date, in light of changes in federal and state laws. At Trace Investigations, we...

read more
Scams, Cons and Grifts

Scams, Cons and Grifts

Distinctions without a real difference. It can be something as simple as the lottery scam, where “A person offers to sell a winning lottery ticket or a ‘law firm’ says someone has left you a winning lottery ticket, but you must send money so a computer can verify your...

read more
A Reprieve for Thanksgiving

A Reprieve for Thanksgiving

By Don C. Johnson, CLI In the early days of Trace Investigations, in addition to my investigator license issued by Indiana’s Professional Licensing Agency, I carried a bail agent license issued by the Indiana Department of Insurance. At the time I had a partner in...

read more
Insurance Fraud: A cost we all pay.

Insurance Fraud: A cost we all pay.

Fraudulent insurance claims cost the industry $5 billion annually. Unfortunately, the cost of fraud is not limited to any one entity; policy holders, employers, consumers, insurers and shareholders all bear the expense. The money paid out towards false claims could...

read more
Strictly, No Match – A Case Study

Strictly, No Match – A Case Study

By Christine Koryta Trace Investigations routinely conducts background investigations for corporate clients around the state of Indiana. During one pre-employment screening, an applicant had a relatively unique name. We will call her Pantene Juenese. Pantene supplied...

read more
Public Record Access: The closed record creep

Public Record Access: The closed record creep

Indiana’s Advisory Task Force on Remote Access to Privacy of Electronic Court Records was created in February 2016 to study how to better regulate access to the public record and provide recommendations to the Supreme Court. It is comprised of members of the...

read more
Uncovering Assets

Uncovering Assets

Are you owed money? Are you facing a risky business decision? If you answered “yes” to either question, an asset investigation might be helpful in uncovering the money you are entitled to, or for healthy risk management in a business matter. Whether you are...

read more
Remembering Tom

Remembering Tom

By Don C. Johnson, CLI He is remembered well by many and missed to this day. I was honored to know him and to work closely with him on a number of cases over the years. Attorney F. Thomas “Tom” Schornhorst passed away last year in Oxford, Mississippi, where he was an...

read more
The Case of the Angry Young Man

The Case of the Angry Young Man

Several years ago, Trace Investigations was retained to conduct a fact-finding investigation on behalf of a young man charged with attacking a sleeping man and mutilating him. Our client, a well-known criminal defense attorney, was appointed to act as defense counsel....

read more
“Where’s the evidence?”

“Where’s the evidence?”

Last month I posed a question I have asked many times in casual conversations: Why are there virtually no stories or photos these days about flying saucers or alien abductions, since the ubiquitous presence of camcorders and cell phone cameras? Then I went on to...

read more
UFOs, UAVs and PIs

UFOs, UAVs and PIs

Have you noticed that there have been virtually no UFO sightings in the U.S. in that last few decades that were associated with alien visitations to earth? What happened? Could it have been the sudden appearance of portable camcorders thirty years ago and then a few...

read more
Bagging the Lie

Bagging the Lie

You may have heard an older or retired detective use the phrase "bagging the lie." It means what it sounds like: You have the proof that someone is lying about something. It might be an innocuous white lie or it could be an outright fabrication relative to an ongoing...

read more
Why Licensing?

Why Licensing?

There are two primary schools of thought on whether multiple professionals and trade practitioners should be licensed. One school says there is too much licensing representing too much government overreach and the other says we need licensing wherever there is regular...

read more
“Google is Not an Investigation”

“Google is Not an Investigation”

That’s a direct quote from a friend and colleague in Florida, legal investigator Jean Mignolet (www.mignolet.com), from one of her newsletters a few months ago. I couldn’t agree more. Yes, Google offers probably the most robust search engine out there, but it’s not...

read more
An Accusation of Molestation Proven False

An Accusation of Molestation Proven False

Charges of sexual assault or molestation are grave matters and the effect on victims and their families can be devastating. However, those who are charged with these crimes are entitled to their day in court. This is one such story, with the names changed to protect...

read more
The Role of the Criminal Defense Investigator

The Role of the Criminal Defense Investigator

By Tina M. Skirvin, CCDI The criminal defense investigator plays an invaluable role within the criminal justice system. While diligently assisting defense counsel in uncovering reasonable doubt on behalf of the accused, the criminal defense investigator’s main...

read more
Building Fences

Building Fences

Earlier this month I attended a conference in New Orleans, sponsored by the International Association of Security and Investigative Regulators (iasir.org). The IASIR membership is comprised of licensing authorities from several U.S. states, two provinces in Canada and...

read more