August, 2002

They're Stealing Your Business!

[Sooner or Later]

Sooner or later, you may discover that inventory, supplies, tools, and the like are missing.

Sooner or later, you may discover that company credit cards have been used for unauthorized personal expenses.

Employees Stealing:

Your Time
Your Resources,
Your Equipment
And Your Clients

For Personal Profit.

Sooner or later, you may discover that company vehicles are showing up at times and at places that are way beyond the restrictions you've placed on vehicle use.

Sooner or later, you may discover that an employee has been doing business for himself or even a competitor, on your time and your dime.

The trouble is that, if it's later, rather than sooner, your business possibly will have taken a very big financial hit.

Even reasonably effective inventory control procedures, solid billing and accounting practices, and stringent reporting requirements are no guarantees against misconduct, even outright illegal conduct.

Case Study-1:

A warehouse supervisor squirrels away pilfered product and then returns after hours, using his personal keys or key card for access, to remove the product for his personal use or for sale to others.

If he's careful, doesn't get too greedy, and if there either is no record kept of after-hours access or nobody checks the record, this supervisor easily can stay below the radar.



Case Study-2:

An Outside Sales Person, who supposedly is taking on clients for you, instead is taking on clients for himself; and then fulfills his private contracts by using the proprietary information and resources gained from working for you.

He may even be able to recruit other employees to join his little conspiracy.



Case Study-3:

An officer in your company sets up his own corporation, which he then uses in direct competition with your firm to which he has a fiduciary responsibility. He then uses inside information from your company to get business for his own company.

This type of conduct can create an official paper trail, but, unless some real suspicion arises, the trail may never be detected and followed.

And a slick perpetrator may be able to hide the competing firm behind a wall of corporate shells and trade names.

It's also possible to disguise a firm by simply making a primary registration in another state, where corporate information is more protected than it is in Colorado.

Nevada and Delaware come to mind.



The Best Defense Is A Good Offense

Many of these and other types of scams have a vulnerability in common - they go on in plain sight.

That vulnerability means that my investigative staff often has a clear opportunity to gather the visual and documentary evidence needed in order to drop the hammer on the culprits



Gathering The Evidence

My staff and I have access to the kind of public and proprietary national records that often can penetrate the corporate veil that the scam artists try to hide behind.

Pilfered merchandise, supplies, and equipment often are advertised for sale in the yard and garage sale sections of the daily newspapers.

We can track those ads and check out sale locations that may include items that belong to your business.

We also can check out flea markets, where it is not uncommon to find stolen property, as well as counterfeit clothing and pirated music and computer software openly offered for sale, either by the thief directly or by those to whom it was illegally distributed.



On Location/Part-1:

We can set up surveillance at business locations, storage locations for supplies, and business offices, where inventory is missing or equipment may have been misappropriated.

Our surveillance would include photographic and videotape evidence of unauthorized activities at these locations, including persons who may be linked to those activities.



On Location/Part-2:

We can establish surveillance beginning at an employee's residence, following the employee throughout the day to identify contacts, locations, and any activity that may verify the trail of misconduct.

Our surveillance objectives are to make a sustaining record of the person or persons involved, the means by which a theft occurs, the methods used to transport stolen property, and the storage destination, if any, as well as to identify any reseller to whom the goods are offered.

Our job, as investigators, is to use every tool at our disposal on your behalf to expose those who would violate your trust for their own personal profit.

You deserve the best defense.
They deserve the consequences.





Discreet, Thorough,
Accurate & Creative


  • Former Investigator for the Denver and Jefferson District Attorney's Offices

  • Police misconduct and related investigations for Central City, Breckenridge, Fowler, and Fort Lupton. And Risk Assessment investigations for Denver.

  • The only private investigative agency in Colorado to be hired by the Denver Election Commission to investigate allegations of campaign fraud and kickbacks.

  • Broad knowledge of criminal & civil law, insurance regulations, and common sense acquired through 25 years of investigative experience.

  • One of the few investigative firms in Colorado to carry $1 million in liability insurance.

  • More than 22,000 civil and criminal cases investigated.

  • Member:
    • World Association of Detectives
    • World Investigators Network
    • Metropolitan Law Enforcement Agency
    • Intelnet
    • Professional Private Investigators Association of Colorado
    • National Council of Investigation and Security Services
    • California Association of Legal Investigators
    • Florida Association of Legal Investigators


  • Associate Member, Colorado and Denver Bar Associations.



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