Owens & Associates Investigations is a full service investigative agency that provides a variety of services for law firms and corporate executives. Our investigative personnel are all former law enforcement officers with extensive experience in all phases of legal, criminal and civil investigations.
Due Diligence / Corporate Background Investigations
It is important to understand that, since no two people or companies have the same background, what is appropriate in a corporate executive background investigation will vary with each situation. Prepackaged background investigations for a flat fee simply cannot provide the flexibility necessary to conduct a thorough background check.
There are, however, certain types of information most commonly used for due diligence and corporate executive background investigations and there are two different methods normally used to access that information: onsite searches and computer searches.
When conducting employment-related background investigations, the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) requires, among other things, that the most current information available be used. That means that onsite searches have to be used instead of database searches. Owens & Associates Investigations has associates in every county in the nation to conduct onsite searches, thereby eliminating the need to pay an investigator to travel.
NAIC Background Checks
Owens and Associates Investigations (OAI) has been on the NAIC’s approved list of independent third party verifiers since 2000 and guarantees that its reports will be in compliance with the Uniform Certificate of Authority (UCAA) application process.
OAI initiates NAIC background investigations with a review of the biographical affidavit provided by the client and then prepares a cost estimate based on the number of verifications that have to be conducted.
Additionally, it is important to note that NAIC background checks must comply with the Fair Credit Reporting Act which, among other things, requires the most recent information available be used. Therefore, OAI searches for criminal convictions and civil litigation using onsite searches conducted at the courts by court record researchers located in every county in the United States, as opposed to database searches. Database searches for criminal and civil records are not as current or accurate as onsite searches, nor are database searches available in all courts.
Also, there is no such thing as a nationwide criminal search except for the FBI’s National Crime Information Center (NCIC). No individual or private company can legally access the NCIC or any other law enforcement only database, including private investigators. International background investigations are also available. Turn around time for a background check in the United States is normally seven to ten business days.
OAI will prepare up to three cost estimates at no charge. One half of the client-approved cost estimate is payable in advance, with the balance due upon submission of the report to the relevant department of insurance. Fees can be paid by check or credit card.
Surveillance / Sub Rosa
All of our surveillance agents are experienced and fully-equipped to conduct discrete video surveillance, both stationary and moving. If appropriate, subject’s address can be confirmed before surveillance is scheduled and a pre-surveillance site survey can be conducted to determine the most discrete surveillance positions, subject’s probable travel routes and whether or not more than one surveillance agent will be required to cover all possible exits the subject could take.
Once the surveillance is completed, client will be provided a detailed written report as well as video in the client’s preferred media format. There is no extra charge for after-hours or weekend investigations.
Owens & Associates Investigations can search for bank or brokerage accounts for an individual or a business entity but, in order to conduct these searches, we must have a copy of the judgment against the defendant, as well as the defendant’s federal tax identification number. Some of the other most common asset searches we conduct are for real property and business ownership.
All of our asset searches are compliant with the Federal Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Federal Graham-Leach-Bliley Act and the CA Financial Information Privacy Act.
Whether locating witnesses, missing persons or long lost loved ones, the techniques are the same. We generally start with searching public record computer databases but, in those instances where the person we are trying to locate is not leaving the normal paper trail that most of us leave, we have investigators onsite in every county in the nation to conduct on-the-street investigation.
Most of our clients ask us to serve subpoenas on subjects that have evaded service attempts by attorney service firms that charge a flat rate per attempt or by local law enforcement. We normally conduct appropriate investigation to confirm subject’s current residence or business address then conduct surveillance and serve the subject as they leave or arrive at one of those locations.
We specialize in the investigation of white collar fraud, including internal theft and embezzlement, bank fraud, fraud against the government and hidden assets.
Forensic Accounting, simply put, is accounting that is suitable for legal review and that offers the highest level of assurance that the quality of the analysis will be sustainable in an adversarial legal proceeding. Forensic accounting is focused on detecting evidence of economic transactions in an accounting system that establishes accountability or valuation.
OAI’s Forensic Accountant Associates have the requisite educational background, as well as years of training and experience obtained in law enforcement.
Corporate Security and Executive Protection
Whether the concern is human resources (pre-employment background checks, violence in the workplace or kidnapping), illegal financial acts (theft or embezzlement) or threats to physical assets (terrorism), our world-wide network of former law enforcement officers can provide the relevant expertise needed.
Recovery of electronically-stored information has become a necessary tool in our technology-driven world and our law-enforcement trained technicians have the expertise to find, interpret and present the facts clearly in written reports or in oral testimony.
Public Record Searches
There are two methods of searching public records: computer databases and sending an investigator to the courts or agencies that maintain the records to conduct the research onsite. Owens & Associates Investigations provides both methods of searching by subscribing to numerous public record vendors that provide information that is not available to the general public and by having investigators in every county in the nation to conduct onsite searches when the information needed is not available by computer.
Examples of Commonly Used Database Searches
- Bankruptcies, Liens and Judgments
- Business Affiliations
- Company Profiles
- Consumer & Commercial Credit Reports
- Corporate Filings
- DMV Records
- Dun & Bradstreet/Standard & Poor’s
- History of Names and Addresses Used
- Identification of Email Addresses
- Media Search
- Professional Licenses
- Real Property Ownership
- Social Network Media
- UCC Filings
Examples of Commonly Used Onsite Searches
- Criminal Convictions
- Civil Litigation
- Real Property Ownership
- Marriage Records
- Divorce Records
- Death Records
Attorney & Corporate
Law firms involved in complex financial and corporate actions need the support of sophisticated intelligence services that can discover facts vital to litigation strategy.
Owens & Associates Investigations has the unique capability of delivering these highly specialized services due to worldwide business, financial, research and investigative expertise in the following:
- Service of process
- Locating, interviewing or gathering information about witnesses
- Trademark, patent and copyright infringement
- Environmental assessment
- Locating assets to better evaluate the chances of recovering a judgment
- Investigating the merits of claims and allegations material to a case
- Developing pre-deposition facts to ensure productive discovery
- Computer Forensics
- Forensic Accounting
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