One way we can assist private companies is by gathering information about employee-related issues, such as injury claims, long-term sickness and moonlighting.
Unlike Scotland, in England there is no limit on how long a partner may have to pay maintenance, our client found himself paying a substantial monthly sum to his ex-wife despite having being told by multiple sources that she was working full time and financially stable. We did some research and discovered that the hours she was working didn’t match up with the money she had claimed to be earning.
A local council contacted ourselves as they had a pending court case and only had a few days to obtain the evidence they needed, they had been tipped off that the man standing trial was actually able bodied. The man claimed to be paralysed from the waist down and his disability was so severe he had a full-time carer living in his home with him to provide 24/7 care. We sent a covert surveillance team to the man’s property and within hours our team’s arrival observed the man walk 10-15 yards to his car, he had the use of a zimmer frame but this was enough to warrant further surveillance. On the following day we witnessed the man be helped by his carer into his car and leave the area, the vehicle was pursued to a nearby town around 30 miles away and that’s where the miracle took place. The disabled man opened his car door and without assistance walked 100 yards side by side with his carer to a nearby property. The entire event was recorded and high quality footage was given to the council, once the man was aware of the footage he claimed that the man in the video was actually a look-alike so our investigator stood trial as a witness. The judge ruled that the evidence was clear as day and ultimately led to a criminal prosecution.
After a long and complex divorce our client was suspicious that his ex-wife was living with her new partner whilst still receiving maintenance payments on the basis that she was unable to financially support herself. The client first had these suspicions when their child mentioned mom’s new boyfriend and the places they’ve been together, along with presents he’s been getting. In this case however it was apparent that this was not a fly-by boyfriend, but a more long-term relationship. Find out how we found the evidence needed to ensure our client got a fair deal.
One of the senior partners called RevealPI and asked if we could arrange a meeting to discuss our services in more detail. Upon speaking with the senior partners, we determined that in order to assist ABC Financial with their case that they would require a combination of services. They had recently invested in debt which required them to send out correspondence to their prospective debtors, however, before sending any documentation out they needed to ensure that the details they had for all individuals were correct, including their home addresses. It is important to note that all of our trace work is GDPR compliant in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018.
Our client, a major English football team had been battling the sale of counterfeit goods and illegal ticket selling internally before contacting an investigator. There were two major issues and both required an entirely different approach, the first issue was with merchandisers selling counterfeit and unlicensed goods around the ground on match days, the second issue was the purchasing and resale of tickets by organised criminal gangs
Many marriages break down but not every couple take the final step of divorce and often spend years separated but technically still married. We were tasked with assisting a man who had been separated from his wife for a number of years as he had the intentions of marrying his new partner but when he asked his wife to sign the paperwork she had disappeared. She had left her job and moved out of the property but fortunately we were able to trace her to a new address, when our process server knocked on the door she was completely oblivious and openly admitted that she was indeed the woman named in the divorce petition our process server held in his hand. She was served a Divorce petition and our client was able to move forward with his new partner.
Whether husband and wife, or girlfriend and boyfriend, the question is “What is my partner doing on a night out?” is very common and you wouldn’t be the first to wonder it yourself. One client who contacted us had these thoughts for too long and when confronted her partner was told that she was crazy, delusional, insane and paranoid. All tell tale signs that someone has something to cover up. Read on about how we knocked over the lies and uncovered the truth.
Over a number of months our client had seen his wife becoming increasingly distant, he gave us insight into her job and her working routine and explained how she seemed to be becoming more argumentative. He also went on to explain that he had strong suspicions she was seeing somebody from work and he had made multiple attempts to confront her and offer her a chance to confess her infidelity.
We received a phone call from a distraught woman who strongly suspected her husband was cheating, she explained that he had always worked long hours but recently it had become more frequent and the excuses he gave were getting more and more flimsy, he claimed he was being forced to work overtime but his earnings never seemed to change. We carried our surveillance and discovered his stories didn’t seem to match his actions.
Lie Detector Test
When a husband with a checkered past came home from work late, his pregnant wife questioned him and was told he had been working late. Unbeknown to him, his wife had panicked when he wouldn’t answer her calls and driven to his office to see all the lights out and no sign of his vehicle. He claimed he was innocent and agreed to take a polygraph test but what did the results show?
After a burglary at our clients premises the owner noticed that one of the burglars had turned the alarm off, there was no CCTV of the event but the owner had set the alarm personally so he knew it must have been deactivated. The police conducted their investigation and concluded there was a lack of evidence so the owner asked us to administer lie detector tests to a few of his staff. We asked the staff if they had shared the alarm code with anybody and all of them answered no, the examiner then asked if they were aware of any other employees involvement in the burglary and found that one of them was not being entirely truthful. The employee eventually explained he knew one of the staff who wasn’t sitting a lie detector test had mentioned giving the alarm code to somebody he owed money to as an act of repayment.
Finding the truth about something that has happened in the past is notoriously difficult, especially when the event happened years ago. Our client had always been suspicious that their partner had lied about a relationship they had with an ex-partner, in particular whether that relationship was ongoing when they started theirs. The issue came up in arguments frequently and although it had been a number of years the issue was clearly not resolved, our clients partner sat a lie detector test and the results showed that they were telling the truth. Our client sat with their partner while they took the test and said that the results of the test were make or break but after seeing their partner pass the test was able to move forwards without doubting them.
It is not unusual for disgruntled employees to attempt to take revenge on their previous employers but we were a little surprised to find a current employee already planning his revenge before he was dismissed. A regular client of ours asked us if we could shed any light on how his staff seemed to be aware there was going to be a safety inspection prior to it happening. We spoke to a few employees and found that one particular employee appeared to be ‘in-the-know’ but we still weren’t aware of how he had obtained the information. We sent our team to sweep some of the communal areas and offices and found a hidden listening device planted inside the board room. We were able to trace the owner of the SIM card and confirm that the employee in question had bought the SIM card, when questioned he explained that he thought the company were planning to let him go so he had planted it to try and find dirt he could use against them.
Our client was convinced that somebody had been spying on her because her estranged husband seemed to know more than she was telling him, she called us for help and told us exactly what he knew. We ran through some questions with her and found that the only thing the information had in common was that she had been sat at home on the phone while she was discussing it. We narrowed down the search to her home and took some sweeping equipment to take a look at the property, it took less than 2 hours to discover the husband had hired a company to install a bug and they had fitted a small camera in the wall clock. We were able to remove the device and show the client exactly what had been installed in her home.
GPS Vehicle Tracking
We offer a number of tracing services and have helped many of our clients discover hidden assets but some investigations require a more bespoke solution. When our client and his business partner decided they were going to part ways it became apparent that one of the partners had being evasive and was not providing accurate information about his assets. Although our asset trace did not show any new discoveries we had information to suggest he had bought a property for a mistress he had being having a secret relationship with for a number of years. We fitted the partners vehicle with a tracking device and discovered that while he had claimed he was visiting family he was actually going to visit his mistress, we did some research and found that the property was owned by the woman although she had no form of income and was claiming universal credit because she was unemployed. This was enough information for the company to investigate his financials and find the source of funds.
A manufacturing firm contacted us because they were had noticed that one of their competitors had recently started using a number of their suppliers and drastically reduces their pricing. After speaking with the director we worked out with our team what the possible options were and after interviewing a couple of members of staff found a pattern that suggested all of the suppliers their competitor had started using were dealt with by a single sales person. Rather than confronting the sales person and making accusations we spoke to the director who assured us he was a loyal employee and looked at alternative options. We conducted a bug sweep on the employee’s vehicle and found that there was a small GPS tracking device attached which had been relaying the employee’s routes and used by a competitor to identify their suppliers.
Benefit fraud in this country costs the country an estimated £3.6 Billion a year. No small amount I’m sure you’ll agree. From a long and trusted relationship with local councils and DWP, cases related to injury and benefit fraud are not new to us. We have completed many successful operations geared towards finding out the truth regarding claimants’ ailments and working arrangements that have always highlighted the truth. One case regarding a disability benefit claimant was particularly shocking.
We were contacted by the family of a wealthy woman as they were concerned she had been duped by an online scammer, we spoke to them and eventually they managed to convince the woman to come and meet with us face to face. We deal with cases of this nature on a daily basis so there are key indicators we know to look out for and after some time speaking with her we were positive that the woman had been scammed. The woman herself was a very well educated professional and accepting the fact that somebody has manipulated through a website or online chat was a difficult truth to hear. The man had taken on a false identity and through a series of lucrative lies, convinced her that he was a multi-millionaire but his were tied up in property and oil deals that were yet to come to fruition. We analysed the photographs and documents he had sent over the course of their relationship and were able to identify where details had been changed and they had been edited. On this particular occasion the funds were not recovered however we were able to prevent the woman from incurring further loss and make her aware that that the man she thought she was in love with was actually only interested in her money.
A polish company contacted us when they discovered they had been defrauded by a company based in the UK. They had received an email expressing interest in their products so they sent across their product catalogues and began negotiations, they discussed opening a line of credit. Normally they would require the client to build credit through a series of smaller and successful orders but due to the size of the potential deal they made an exception and agreed to a credit limit of £100,000, a deal that wouldn’t turn out as fruitful as initially promised.
Injury & Insurance Investigations
Car insurance scams and fraudulent claims are an escalating issue in the UK, with costs averaging £1.3billion each year. This effects all honest drivers and unfortunately leaves us all suffering from increasing premiums as insurance companies try to cover their losses. Often scammers will exaggerate claims of injury or damages in order to take more money out of the honest driver’s pockets. A small insurance company contacted us when they received a precarious claim following a road traffic collision.
Trading Standards contacted us regarding illegal, out of licencing hours sale of alcohol. The licencing hours in the UK are quite strict and usually finish between the time of 22:30pm – 23:00pm each day of the week. However not all retailers will follow these rules to the letter of the law and from a relationship with Trading Standards we were tasked with proving one local off-licence were illegally selling goods after hours. Read more about how we proved the sale of illegal alcohol.
In many of our process serves we wear a covert body-worn camera and obtain video evidence of the serve, although it is very rare anybody ever disputes that they were served, it does happen from time to time. A client came to us with the need for service of documents relating to a court appearance, the case was to do with overdue debts and the client’s solicitor had informed them to contact us. During the initial phone call our client made it apparent that the respondent had been evasive for quite some time. Read on about how we served the rouge trader
As a Process Server a photograph of your recipient is always helpful however not in the case of two near identical brothers. We were tasked with serving a recipient a Divorce Petition, the client and the dizygotic brother had been separated for some time, due to building a new life abroad the client wanted to deal with her past once and for all and understandably contacted Reveal Private Investigations to support with delivering the petitions of her husband. Find out how our agent found the right man.
A client contacted us regarding a noise complaint, they’d regularly hear dogs barking at night, this was of course frustrating and doubly so as the client had recently given birth and the child was constantly being woken up and beginning to cry due to the exterior noises. Our client was understandably stressed as the disturbance had gone on for some time. They requested our assistance with finding out more about where the noise is coming from, due to the stress they were feeling as a new mother and lack of sleep, they felt uncomfortable with talking to the neighbours.