Top post: Why I’m a mentor

board with mentoring words

Updated and republished from last year, because it’s such a timely topic. There’s not much I’d add, except this: Even if you’re not ready for a formal mentoring situation, think about one thing you can do this month to help someone who is just starting out. January is National #MentoringMonth¬†here in the U.S., and, as […]

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Finding financial assets online – When to start the investigation

financial statement documents to show assets

In situations where you’re investigating fraud, heading to court, enforcing a judgment, or preparing for a divorce case, it’s likely that you’ll need to conduct an asset investigation. You’ll want to look at the evidence and determine net worth, observe spending habits, and identify assets and sources of income that can go towards debt repayment. […]

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Holiday wishes

Happy Holidays written in sand at the beach

As we close out this year, I’ll give 2021 a mixed review. Lots to celebrate, certainly. Yet sometimes I wonder how we managed to love, laugh, create, and learn during such a wild, wild year. In a year filled with uncertainty, major cultural shifts, and more than a few honest-to-goodness WTF moments, how did we […]

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Giving thanks

Thank you

This week in the U.S., we celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. Several years ago, I wrote about how thankful I was for for the people who make a difference by sharing their knowledge. Nothing’s changed on the list, and I could have just re-posted it, but a lot has happened over the past couple of years, […]

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Hedge fund due diligence investigations FAQ

Trust, but verify

As a private investigator, my area of specialty is fraud. I help my clients spot it and prevent it. One way I do this is with hedge fund due diligence background investigations. Through the years, I’ve been asked a lot about hedge fund background investigations and what’s involved, and I’ve discovered that there are lots […]

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Things this private investigator doesn’t do

No Thanks note on stack of business papers

After becoming a private investigator, I discovered that investigators are a diverse group. We have different backgrounds, areas of specialty, and clientele. We also have different work styles, and, over the years, I’ve discovered some of my non-negotiables, like doing client work on weekends and not verifying degrees until I have the proper paperwork in-hand. […]

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Investigative research – What makes it unique?

investigations and magnifying glass

Research is research, right? As a private investigator and fraud examiner, I conduct a lot of research on people, companies, industries, and trends. Which is what I also did as a market researcher before becoming an investigator. Back then, I gathered information from online and human sources, looked for patterns, and transformed my findings into […]

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