Sunday, April 17, 2016

Loss Prevention and Mystery Shopper | Seattle WA

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We serve restaurants, retail shops, property management companies and hotels. From large national chains, to one-of-a kind boutiques, our expertise helps stores and companies proactively reduce losses and guard their assets.
• Reduce risk & save money
• Enhance customer service
• Experienced in integrity issues
• Background checks
• Quality services at affordable rates
• Mystery shopper
• Undercover secret shopper
• Evaluate employee performance
• Licensed private investigator company

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Forensic Accounting in Seattle, WA

A Forensic Accountant is often retained to analyze, interpret, summarize and present complex financial and business related issues in a manner which is both understandable and properly supported.

Forensic Accountants can work in private practice or be employed by insurance companies, private investigation firms, banks, law enforcement agencies and other government agencies.

A Forensic Accountant is often involved in the following:
  • Investigating and analyzing financial evidence
  • Developing computerized applications to assist in the analysis and presentation of financial evidence
  • Communicating their findings in the form of reports, exhibits and collections of documents
  • Assisting in legal proceedings, including testifying in court as an expert witness and preparing visual aids to support trial evidence
To properly perform these services, a Forensic Accountant must be familiar with legal concepts and procedures. In addition, a Forensic Accountant must be able to identify substance over form when dealing with an issue.

How can a Forensic Accountant be of assistance?

A Forensic Accountant can be of assistance in various ways, including:

Investigative Accounting
  • Review of the factual situation and provision of suggestions regarding possible courses of action
  • Assistance with the protection and recovery of assets
  • Coordination of other experts, including:
    • Private investigators
    • Forensic document examiners
    • Consulting engineers
  • Assistance with the recovery of assets by way of civil action or criminal prosecution

Litigation Support
  • Assistance in obtaining documentation necessary to support or refute a claim
  • Review of the relevant documentation to form an initial assessment of the case and identify areas of loss
  • Assistance with Examination for Discovery including the formulation of questions to be asked regarding the financial evidence
  • Attendance at the Examination for Discovery to review the testimony, assist with understanding the financial issues and to formulate additional questions to be asked
  • Review of the opposing expert's damages report and reporting on both the strengths and weaknesses of the positions taken
  • Assistance with settlement discussions and negotiations
  • Attendance at trial to hear the testimony of the opposing expert and to provide assistance with cross-examination

Forensic Accountants are often retained for:

Criminal Investigations

Forensic investigations often relate to criminal investigations.

Shareholder & Partnership Dispute

These assignments often involve a detailed analysis of numerous years accounting records to quantify the issues in dispute. For example, a common issue that often arises is the compensation and benefits received by each of the disputing shareholders or partners.

Personal Injury Claim & Motor Vehicle Accident

A Forensic Accountant is often asked to quantify the economic losses resulting from a motor vehicle accident. A Forensic Accountant is familiar with legislation in place that pertains to motor vehicle accidents.

Cases of medical malpractice often involve similar issues in calculating resulting economic damages.

Business Interruption & Insurance Claim

Insurance policies differ significantly as to their terms and conditions. Accordingly, these assignments involve a detailed review of the policy to investigate coverage issues and the appropriate method of calculating the loss.

A Forensic Accountant is often asked to assist from either an insured or insurer's perspective in the settlement of a case.

Examples of these types of assignments include: business interruptions, property losses and employee dishonesty (fidelity) claims.

Business & Employee Fraud Investigation

Business investigations can involve funds tracing, asset identification and recovery, forensic intelligence gathering and due diligence reviews.

Employee fraud investigations often involve procedures to determine the existence, nature and extent of fraud, and may concern the identification of a perpetrator. These investigations often entail interviews of personnel who had access to the funds and a detailed review of the documentary evidence.

Matrimonial Dispute

Matrimonial disputes from a Forensic Accounting point-of-view often involve the tracing, locating and evaluation of assets. The assets to be evaluated and valued may be businesses, property, or other assets.

Business Economic Loss

Examples of assignments involving business economic losses include: contract disputes, construction claims, expropriations, product liability claims, trademark and patent infringements, and losses stemming from a breach of a non-competition agreement.

Professional Negligence

These investigations are often approached from two different but complimentary perspectives, these being:
  • Technical -- has a breach of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles or Generally Accepted Auditing Standards or other standards of practice occurred, and
  • Loss Quantification

Often a report will be prepared which may include sections on the nature of the assignment, scope of the investigation, approach utilized, limitations of scope and findings and opinions. The report will normally include schedules and graphics necessary to properly support and explain the findings.

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Saturday, April 9, 2016

Brian Blackwell Investigations is the premier Seattle, Washington private investigative agency providing professional skip tracing, surveillance services, litigation support and insurance claim investigations. We are strategically located to best serve clientele in King County (Seattle), Pierce County (Tacoma), Kitsap County (Bremerton), and Thurston County (Olympia), having offices in Seattle and Bremerton.
Attorneys and law firms frequently reach out to us to assist them with locating witnesses and obtaining statements. Insurance companies hire us to conduct surveillance operations to uncover evidence of fraud involving the filing of suspicious insurance claims.

We provide superior client relations, complete confidentiality, very competitive rates, outstanding work product, and we guarantee our focus will be to obtain the results necessary for you to win your case.

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Friday, April 8, 2016

Seattle Electronic Bug Sweep Services

Technical Surveillance Counter Measures (TSCM) a.k.a. electronic bug detection sweeps is the best way to anticipate active or passive eavesdropping attempts by 3rd parties, (i.e., GPS trackers, hidden cameras, hidden recorders, etc.)
Companies and corporations around the world are constantly in need of TSCM protection and bug sweeping services. The FBI reports that nearly 2 billion dollars annually is lost as a result from espionage.
Our equipment is state of the art and we can detect ranges on the electromagnetic spectrum from 1 megahertz to 10.5 gigahertz (military grade detection.)

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Thursday, April 7, 2016

Welcome to the Blog of Seattle Private Investigators Brian Blackwell Investigations

We provide confidential, affordable private investigation services throughout Puget Sound for businesses, attorneys, law firms, insurance companies, and the general public. Call us toll free 1-855-445-1742 and visit our company website for a list of our professional services and background. We guarantee the best rates and the best service. We work with you to get to the desired goals. We have an A+ Better Business Bureau (BBB) rating and we are on Angie's list!

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Insurance Claim Fraud Investigation

According to the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud, an estimated $80 billion is paid out annually in fraudulent insurance claims. This affects every American, as these false insurance claims cost the average household more than $950 each year in higher premiums. Plus, false insurance claims can mean that you are held liable in a staged accident and increase your risk of being sued. The high instance of insurance fraud has meant that insurance companies are far more cautious when paying claims, which may mean that you need professional help to make your claim. An insurance fraud investigation is performed to find out if false claims are being submitted. Insurance fraud investigations are usually conducted when an adjuster has doubts about the case that they are evaluating. Don't let your insurance premiums be a waste of money. Use a private investigator to safeguard your insurance privileges.

How is an Insurance Fraud Investigation Conducted?

There are several methods and techniques used to find information in an insurance fraud investigation. Most methods are used to find whether what the claimant claims is true or false. Here are a few commonly used techniques in insurance investigations:
  • Surveillance to verify the claim
  • Medical reports/history search
  • Previous claims/accidents search
  • Insurance coverage analysis
  • Witness interviews
  • Physician's billing search and analysis
  • Claimant background check

Types of Insurance Fraud

In general terms, an investigator tries to determine whether someone has filed a false insurance claim. There are many types of insurance investigations, including:
  • Health insurance fraud investigation. This investigation tries to determine whether someone is getting paid for health care that they are not receiving or is filing health care claims and requests that are not valid or needed. Insurance claims investigators will search billing records and make sure that doctors and patients are not colluding to commit fraud.
  • Car insurance fraud investigation. Some criminals stage accidents, in which they purposely collide with another car and then try to accuse the other driver of an accident in order to file claims. Some criminals attempt vehicle theft fraud, trying to get money for a car which was not, in fact, stolen. Insurance fraud investigators uncover these schemes.
  • Home insurance fraud investigation. In this type of insurance investigation, investigators discover disaster fraud, which includes false claims of damage. Investigators will often try to find out if the claimant has upgraded their coverage before the claim was filed. They also investigate property fraud to find evidence against those who make false claims about property damage.
  • Life insurance fraud investigation. Investigators work to uncover cases of people who claim life insurance while still alive or those who claim too much in life insurance. Investigators also verify the existence of an individual who has life insurance being collected on them.
  • Workers compensation fraud investigation. Investigators work to find evidence of workers who claim compensation when not as injured as they claim. Investigators will verify the severity of the injury and whether the injury occurred while the person was working.
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