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Criminal background checks, long a means of screening potential employees for patterns of illegal behavior, are increasingly coming under restriction by governing bodies. This particularly applies to crimes that do not constitute moral turpitude. This is especially...

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Sneaking a Peek: Inappropriate surveillance techniques

Sneaking a Peek: Inappropriate surveillance techniques

Conducting surveillance is a juggling act between balancing the desire to obtain the client’s desired result with the risk of pressing the coverage in a way that might be construed as harassment – or even stalking. Knowing the legal limits and when to say when is an...

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Speak Into the Mic: Considerations in recording interviews

Speak Into the Mic: Considerations in recording interviews

The most important decisions when conducting a witness interview are whether or not to record the conversation, and if you should notify the witness when a recording is being made. In Texas (and 38 other states), as long as you are a party to the conversation, it is...

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That’s how we’ve always done it: Vague expense reports

That’s how we’ve always done it: Vague expense reports

One of the easiest and most common ways for a fraudster to come away with ill-gotten gains at the expense of the employer or contractor is through expense reports. Policies regarding the detail in which expenses must be submitted for reimbursement vary widely, and...

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Evil Bedfellows: When the experts go to the dark side

Evil Bedfellows: When the experts go to the dark side

A Texas labor law firm employed ResultQuest to investigate a group of highly trusted and compensated experts in their specialized technical field. After suddenly severing their employment with a trading firm, a resultant IT audit revealed that one member of the group...

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Unfriendly Skies: Vulnerabilities of on-board airline Wi-Fi

Unfriendly Skies: Vulnerabilities of on-board airline Wi-Fi

ResultQuest was recently contacted by a CEO client who requested assistance in determining the source of a spoofed email in which he directed his corporate accounts payable clerk to wire money to a certain account to pay a vendor. Of course, the email was bogus, but...

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Over the Line: When investigators make unethical inquiries

Over the Line: When investigators make unethical inquiries

Attorneys who retain investigators to assist with their evidentiary needs should be mindful that, in doing so, they could jeopardize their reputation and standing in the event of an ethical lapse. One of the most problematic ethical violations by investigators is...

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Criminal background checks, long a means of screening potential employees for patterns of illegal behavior, are increasingly coming under restriction by governing bodies. This particularly applies to crimes that do not constitute moral turpitude. This is especially...

Sneaking a Peek: Inappropriate surveillance techniques

Sneaking a Peek: Inappropriate surveillance techniques

Conducting surveillance is a juggling act between balancing the desire to obtain the client’s desired result with the risk of pressing the coverage in a way that might be construed as harassment – or even stalking. Knowing the legal limits and when to say when is an...

Blood from a Turnip: Searching for assets of “bankrupt” debtors

Blood from a Turnip: Searching for assets of “bankrupt” debtors

Over the years we have seen many cases in which a client sues and is awarded a judgment in response to some tortious act, only to have the defendant seek protection in bankruptcy court. It is not uncommon for judgment debtors to further attempt to hide assets from the...

Vacation Checklist: Ways to conceal that you are away from home

Vacation Checklist: Ways to conceal that you are away from home

Summer vacation season is here. The long needed and anticipated break from the daily grind is about to materialize. As you begin to compile your list of items to pack, take a moment to also make a list of things to leave behind. Specifically, consider things to make...

Speak Into the Mic: Considerations in recording interviews

Speak Into the Mic: Considerations in recording interviews

The most important decisions when conducting a witness interview are whether or not to record the conversation, and if you should notify the witness when a recording is being made. In Texas (and 38 other states), as long as you are a party to the conversation, it is...

Pound Foolish: Why You Shouldn’t Skimp on Background Probes

Pound Foolish: Why You Shouldn’t Skimp on Background Probes

For several years, a Houston corporate client had used ResultQuest to conduct extensive pre-employment background investigations of job candidates. However, they opted not to perform a background regarding an individual who was hired as general counsel then eventually...

That’s how we’ve always done it: Vague expense reports

That’s how we’ve always done it: Vague expense reports

One of the easiest and most common ways for a fraudster to come away with ill-gotten gains at the expense of the employer or contractor is through expense reports. Policies regarding the detail in which expenses must be submitted for reimbursement vary widely, and...

Evil Bedfellows: When the experts go to the dark side

Evil Bedfellows: When the experts go to the dark side

A Texas labor law firm employed ResultQuest to investigate a group of highly trusted and compensated experts in their specialized technical field. After suddenly severing their employment with a trading firm, a resultant IT audit revealed that one member of the group...

Unfriendly Skies: Vulnerabilities of on-board airline Wi-Fi

Unfriendly Skies: Vulnerabilities of on-board airline Wi-Fi

ResultQuest was recently contacted by a CEO client who requested assistance in determining the source of a spoofed email in which he directed his corporate accounts payable clerk to wire money to a certain account to pay a vendor. Of course, the email was bogus, but...

Consider the Source: Scrutinizing the credibility of the witness

Consider the Source: Scrutinizing the credibility of the witness

Witness testimony can be a powerful component of the decision-making process of businesses. Many issues are identified and resolved based on information supplied by witnesses. However, it is critical that the witness and the information be adequately scrutinized...

Over the Line: When investigators make unethical inquiries

Over the Line: When investigators make unethical inquiries

Attorneys who retain investigators to assist with their evidentiary needs should be mindful that, in doing so, they could jeopardize their reputation and standing in the event of an ethical lapse. One of the most problematic ethical violations by investigators is...