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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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Loose Lips: Office chatter can ruin an investigation

Loose Lips: Office chatter can ruin an investigation

Among the most pronounced threats to an internal company investigation is workplace gossip. Disclosing details of an investigative project to the person under scrutiny can have a range of consequences—none of which are good. In a matter handled by ResultQuest, the...

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Since the Beginning: Even founding employees can break bad

Since the Beginning: Even founding employees can break bad

A number of times over the years, the investigators of ResultQuest have been called in to scrutinize the activities of executives who were part of the founding group of a business. Sadly, in almost every case, fraudulent activity was uncovered—usually determined to...

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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...

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...

Movin’ on Up: When unusual signs of wealth signal an issue

Movin’ on Up: When unusual signs of wealth signal an issue

Numerous times over the years, ResultQuest has been called in to investigate suspected fraud on the part of an employee. In the vast majority of instances, our analysis has revealed glaring signs of newly acquired wealth that went beyond what the employee’s salary...

Loose Lips: Office chatter can ruin an investigation

Loose Lips: Office chatter can ruin an investigation

Among the most pronounced threats to an internal company investigation is workplace gossip. Disclosing details of an investigative project to the person under scrutiny can have a range of consequences—none of which are good. In a matter handled by ResultQuest, the...

Since the Beginning: Even founding employees can break bad

Since the Beginning: Even founding employees can break bad

A number of times over the years, the investigators of ResultQuest have been called in to scrutinize the activities of executives who were part of the founding group of a business. Sadly, in almost every case, fraudulent activity was uncovered—usually determined to...