Investigative services are not just used to catch unfaithful spouses, they also have a variety of applications in corporate settings. From routine Business Due Diligence Reports to full-scale fraud investigations, there is a multitude of reasons why your company may need corporate investigative services. Here are some of the most common reasons businesses hire corporate investigators.
Employee misconduct is one of the most common reasons a company requires corporate investigative services. If a supervisor suspects an employee is engaging in inappropriate behavior at work but does not have time to constantly monitor them, they may consider hiring a surveillance expert to investigate. Employee misconduct is a very broad term that can cover a variety of unprofessional activities such as:
- Sexual, physical, or verbal harassment
- Threats or intimidation
- Payroll abuse
- Substance abuse
- Time theft
Before acquiring a new business, savvy business owners always have thorough background checks done to ensure they are making a sound investment. A security company that offers corporate investigative services can provide owners with a Business Due Diligence Report chock-full of useful information to help determine if a business acquisition would be worthwhile. It is important to analyze these reports before settling on a price, as they often include valuable details that can be used as leverage when negotiating. A comprehensive due diligence report should provide the following information:
- Any parent companies or subsidiaries
- Company profile
- Corporate assets
- Property information
- Financial information
- Intellectual property
- Current/former employees and employee benefits
- Environmental Issues
- Customer Information
Workplace Incident/Internal Investigations
Another reason why your company may need corporate investigative services is to conduct an unbiased workplace investigation. These types of investigations are usually in response to either a recent workplace incident or suspicion of corporate wrongdoing.
Workplace incidents can include injuries, threats, or harassment, and should be conducted by an outside party as soon as possible to collect accurate and impartial details. Internal investigations, on the other hand, look into suspected illegal acts such as fraud to pinpoint the perpetrator of these crimes. Some common crimes that internal investigations seek to uncover include:
- Money laundering
- Business asset misuse
- Check fraud
- Shell companies
- Purchase order fraud
- Computer fraud
- Contract fraud
- Credit card fraud
Hiring the wrong lawyer can be a costly mistake. Even if you do some research online, you never really know what an attorney is like until you work with them. Professional investigators are already very familiar with the inner workings of business-related cases and often deal with attorneys in their line of work.
Using their experience and connections, corporate investigators can help business owners find the right legal representatives for their needs. Through interviews and extensive research on different legal team's effectiveness, corporate investigators can ensure you find the attorney best suited for your case. After connecting you with a legal representative, corporate investigators can also help you win your case by digging up evidence.
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While many of us want to see the good in people, the world does have its fair share of dishonest and fraudulent people. We recognize that there are situations that call for professional guidance and assistance when individuals and companies are concerned about the truth.
Whether our private investigators are working to help an attorney gather evidence, investigate workplace incidents or assessing the risks associated with a potential business acquisition, our clients rely on us to minimize the risk and gather clear objective evidence. In today's world, it's better to be safe than sorry and get the facts.