Financial fraud is a serious crime that can have devastating consequences for victims. It can involve the theft of money, assets, or personal information, and can be carried out by individuals, businesses, or even governments. Private investigators play an important role in investigating financial fraud. They can be hired by victims, businesses, or law enforcement agencies to help uncover evidence of fraud, identify the perpetrators, and gather evidence to support criminal or civil charges.
The following are some of the steps that the professional private investigators of EXCALIBUR Private Investigation typically take when conducting a financial fraud investigation:
1. Initial consultation
The first step is to meet with the client, either in person or via a Zoom call, to learn about the suspected fraud. Our investigators need to understand the facts of the case, the nature of the alleged fraud, and our client's goals for the investigation.
2. Gathering Evidence
Once our investigators have a good understanding of the case, we will begin to gather the evidence. This may involve reviewing financial records, interviewing witnesses, and conducting surveillance.
3. Financial analysis
One of the most important aspects of a financial fraud investigation is financial analysis. Our investigators typically review the client's financial records to identify any suspicious activity. This may involve looking for unusual patterns of spending, unexplained income or expenses, or missing assets.
4. Background checks
EXCALIBUR's investigators always conduct background checks on the suspected perpetrators of the fraud. This helps to identify any red flags that may indicate that the potential suspects are capable of or have a history of committing fraud.
Surveillance can be a valuable tool for gathering evidence of financial fraud. Our investigators are trained to follow the suspected perpetrators to see who they are meeting with and where they are going. We may also monitor their financial activity to see if they are making any suspicious transactions.
6. Interviewing witnesses
EXCALIBUR's investigators will conduct detailed, in-depth interviews of potential witnesses to gather information about the suspected fraud. This may include employees, customers, vendors, and other individuals who may have knowledge of the crime. Our investigators have a combined 30+ years of experience in conducting witness interviews.
7. Report writing
Once our investigators have gathered all of the evidence, they will write a report summarizing their findings. This report will be used by the client to support criminal or civil charges, or to make informed decisions about how to proceed. Once again, experience in writing an investigative report is crucial as an improperly prepared report is of no use to the client.
Here are some specific examples of the types of evidence that the professional private investigators of EXCALIBUR Private Investigation, serving all of Colorado, may look for when conducting a financial fraud investigation:
- Unusual patterns of spending. For example, if a company employee suddenly starts charging large expenses to their company credit card, this could be a sign of fraud.
- Unexplained income or expenses. For example, if a person's income suddenly increases without any explanation, or if they have unexplained expenses, this could be a sign of fraud.
- Missing assets. For example, if a company's inventory is suddenly depleted, or if a person's savings accounts are empty, this could be a sign of fraud.
- Falsified financial records. For example, if a company's accounting records are falsified to show a profit when there is actually a loss, this is fraud.
- Forged signatures. For example, if a person's signature is forged on a loan application or other financial document, this is fraud.
If you suspect, or have been a victim of, financial fraud it is important to contact us as soon as possible. EXCALIBUR's investigators have the experience and expertise to conduct a thorough investigation and gather the evidence you need to protect your rights. Call us at 719.208.4088 for a free, no obligation, consultation.
EXCALIBUR Private Investigation
Colorado Springs, Colorado