Private Detective News for February 12-18

Midtown Psychic Scams ‘Vulnerable’ Mom Out Of $86K, DA & PI says

Sharon Adams, 26, conned a Queens woman into believing that her former in-laws had placed a “black magic” curse on her after her divorce, private investigator Bob Nygaard said.

Adams convinced the woman to pay her $86,901.79 during the nine-month period between Jan. 30 and Sept. 30, according a statement given by the victim, who wished to remain anonymous.

There isn’t much that PI’s can’t be involved in. And now you know they can be helpful in fraud cases, even dealings with “psychics”. – Story by Brendan Krisel

La Mesa hires investigative firm to look into Helix incident

After a police officer in CA tackles female student to the ground, city hires PI’s to find out the truth. – Story by Karen Pearlman

And for some fun “news“,

Call of Cthulhu – Detective Video Game Trailer

Ever wanted to feel the thrill of being a Private Investigator? Well, unfortunately, we don’t think that this will be all that realistic and also maybe a bit more dramatic than what we actually do; but a new trailer for the anticipated Private Detective game for Xbox and Playstation has just dropped.

 

~ John L. Morris

A Northern Colorado, licensed and insured, Greeley Private Investigator

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Unlicensed (fake) Private Investigators Caught by Professional Private Investigators (circa 2010)

A March 2010 story by ABC told of the ironic and easy search for fake detectives in California. Some of these people advertised themselves as bonafide investigators while others were hilariously a bit more blunt about their standing:

Others are more upfront about their lack of credentials. One man advertised himself on Craigslist as an unlicensed private investigator for hire.

Read Full Article at ABC 7 News

In this story come a few lessons.

Firstly, Licensure matters, a lot. Not everyone can become a PI. This article noted that in California, you cannot have been charged with a Felony (substantial criminal past is a red flag) and that you have to have some sort of training or experience in the field; these rules differ from State to State.

Some of Colorado’s requirements are:

  • Pass the Colorado Jurisprudence Exam to demonstrate knowledge of ethical conduct and rules/regulations concerning the practice of private investigations, and
  • Have a minimum of 4,000 hours of investigative work experience as a PI or with a local, state or federal law enforcement agency
  • Attest that the applicant will post and maintain, or be covered by, a surety bond
  • Undergo a state and national fingerprint-based criminal history record check
    utilizing records of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and the Federal Bureau
    of Investigation.

These are things that are very necessary for you as a client to know before you make a decision about hiring a Private Eye. If someone cannot go through these requirements to get a License to Investigate, how are they going to a good job with your case? Not to mention, that it is illegal to do Private Investigative work without a license in Colorado.

These people often don’t have a PI License because they either won’t commit the time and effort to fulfill the requirements or there are simply being deceptive.

The second lesson is that unlicensed PI’s can be dangerous; frankly, because they tend not to do a real investigation but abuse certain powers for the time.

In just the last year (2010), an Illinois man impersonating a PI was charged with armed robbery; two men pretending to be private investigators in Florida were charged with extortion and a convicted sex offender posing as a PI in Washington D.C. was indicted for perjury and obstruction of justice as part of a plot to intimidate a former victim.

It’s best to stay on the straight and narrow way.

~ John L. Morris

A Northern Colorado, licensed and insured, Greeley Private Investigator

Call today for your 100% FREE Private Investigator Consultation (970) 658-3725

* EVCO LLC, EVCO Investigations, John Morris and the author of any of our articles, posts and pages do not present any information on this website as legal advice or any other advice in particular. All postings, writings, and pages on this website are for informational use only and everyone is encouraged to always seek professional and legal advise in all matters.

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City of Buckeye Seeks Truth through Private Investigator

The fact of the matter is that some people and organizations will bend the truth or hide it all together when there is an upside from them. The truth, for these people, is just an obstacle. Sometimes, unfortunately, it takes someone on the outside to look in and figure out what actually happened.

In an article published this morning at 6am, the City of Buckeye is hiring an investigator to get to the bottom of allegations where police officers and other support staff have changed information in public records to have the city appear safer than it may actually be.

Assuming someone reports a crime to police accurately — or at all — databases are at the mercy of officers correctly recording details of the incident.

An initial officer’s report might be subject to review from another officer and later a supervisor and a records clerk. Each might view the facts of a case differently: For example, a breaking-and-entering burglary call might be classified as a case of trespassing instead.

That could drop it out of certain reports, which only record top-tier crimes, altogether. The data often shapes the way crime is covered by news media and politicized in policy-making circles.

When these allegations surfaced from anonymous sources within the organization, a local private investigator was hired to sort out the mess.

In response to the anonymous letter’s allegations, city officials hired Copeland Investigations LLC, a private-investigation firm formed in April that is based out of the home of a retired Arizona Department of Public Safety captain…

The process may look different per each case but investigators are really helpful in internal reviews of such matters.

Cities typically use independent investigators to look into alleged wrongdoing.

Those contracted consultants conduct interviews and study allegations and evidence, ultimately furnishing a report that chronicles findings and whether claims are based in truth or rooted in misinformation.

Reports are then used by city officials tasked with taking action.

Read More about Private Investigations in the Buckeye Story

, The Republic | azcentral.com – Published 6:00 a.m. MT Nov. 27, 2017 | Updated 11:11 a.m. MT Nov. 27, 2017

~ John L. Morris

A Northern Colorado, licensed and insured, Greeley Private Investigator

Call today for your 100% FREE Private Investigator Consultation (970) 658-3725

* EVCO LLC, EVCO Investigations, John Morris and the author of any of our articles, posts and pages do not present any information on this website as legal advice or any other advice in particular. All postings, writings, and pages on this website are for informational use only and everyone is encouraged to always seek professional and legal advise in all matters.

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