When to Hire a Child Custody Investigator

Your children matter to you more than anything else in the world, and you would do anything to protect them. If you are going through a divorce and are having a child custody battle, you may be wondering if it is necessary to hire a private investigator to assist you with your case and assure your children’s safety and quality of life. If you are considering hiring a child custody investigator, here are a few things to think about so you can make the right choice for you and your children.

  • Parenting history- If your ex-spouse has a history of abuse, neglect, substance or alcohol dependency, or violence, it is important for the court to have documented evidence before arriving at a custody or visitation agreement. Hiring an investigator to obtain evidence of any activities or behaviors that may affect the court’s decision to award custody to your e-spouse may be beneficial if you feel that your children are unsafe with their other parent.
  • Your child’s relationship with the other parent– In a divorce situation, it would be ideal for your children to have a stable, healthy relationship with each of their parents. Unfortunately, however, this is not always the case. If you feel that your children lack a functional, affectionate relationship with your ex-spouse, either because of poor parenting skills, negligence or lack of care shown toward the children, or abusive or negative words or actions that can cause damage to a child’s emotional well-being, an investigator can help you collect evidence to present to the court.
  • Unfounded allegations of abuse or neglect– Sometimes, if it is your ex-spouse who is calling your level of parental competence into question, you may need to hire an investigator to refute the allegations he or she is making toward you. This can help your case in child custody court and secure your right to have custody or visitation of your children. Without a formal investigation into your background and character, the court may side with your ex-spouse and deny your rights to custody of your children.

Going through a divorce is always a painful and upsetting process, especially when children are involved. The experienced private investigators at J.P. Investigative Group are here to help make a bad time more bearable by providing you with the services you need to ensure your children’s overall well-being. Contact us today for a consultation for our child custody investigation services. We proudly serve clients in and around our Charlotte, NC office as well as a host of other states in the Eastern U.S. Call today for more information.

What to Know about Spy Surveillance

When you hear the phrase “spy surveillance,” what is the first thing that comes to mind? Undercover secret agents with cool gadgets and fast cars, like James Bond? Trench-coated detectives in dark glasses mysteriously lurking in the shadows? It’s all very intriguing, the stuff of action movies and suspense thrillers. But what is the truth about spy surveillance? Here is what you need to know about the real world of spy surveillance and what it means for you.

First of all, surveillance services offered by an investigative firm such as J.P. Investigative Group are typically reserved for cases involving domestic matters such as infidelity, as well as fraud cases including Workman’s Compensation fraud, insurance fraud and other fraudulent activity that may affect the outcome of a court case. The investigators participating in the surveillance use techniques including videotaping, voice recording, photography and interviews of friends, neighbors, relatives and even the suspects themselves. An experienced investigator can determine when a person is acting suspicious, which leads to more in-depth investigation to find the answers they need.

If the surveillance services involve possible insurance fraud, investigators can find clues through suspicious activities such as money transfers, secret meetings between two parties in corroboration with one another, and sometimes even DNA evidence. In cases of Workman’s Compensation fraud, the investigator will try to determine whether the extent of the party’s injuries are as great as he or she claims, or if he or she is in fact even injured at all, by tracking their daily activities and attempting to prove that they are in better health than they claim.

If you believe you require investigative services that include surveillance, J.P. Investigative Group can help. Our experienced team of knowledgeable, trustworthy private investigators will conduct the surveillance you need without compromising your confidentiality and while upholding the high ethical standards that are a hallmark of our investigative firm. We service clients in and around our home office of Charlotte, NC, as well as a range of other states, and will work to provide you with the evidence you need to further your court case with the utmost trustworthiness and professionalism. Call today to schedule a consultation with a private investigator regarding your surveillance needs. Since 1998, J.P. Investigative Group has been providing clients with thorough, effective investigative services at competitive prices. Call today and see how we can help you.

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Great Moments In Disability Fraud—The Price Was Wrong

When it comes to disability and worker compensation fraud investigations, private investigators must be ready to obtain a wealth of information on a claimant’s whereabouts. Sometimes, those receiving payments for disability and workers compensation feel they can attempt to cheat the system and continue to receive payments even after their injury is no longer part of the picture.

Let’s put it this way. You’ve been injured on the job. You file for disability or workers compensation. You’re collecting payments. What do you do? Well, first and foremost, you should be responsible. Attend your scheduled medical appointments. Rest at home while you recuperate. Make sure you follow your doctor’s orders.

Or, you can risk everything and attempt to cheat the system.

What would you do? Would you take a vacation to California? Would you try end up a game show? Even better, would you aspire to be a contestant on The Price Is Right?

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Well, one woman got extremely lucky and had her game-show aspirations both realized and derailed when she was caught committing disability fraud.

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Seniors: How To Protect Yourself From Facebook Scams

As most of us already know, just about everyone utilizes social media on a daily basis. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and Tumblr are just a few of the myriad options available. Also, as most of us already know, there is always some new scammer ready to attempt to rip off personal information such as credit card numbers, social security numbers, etc.

According to Pew Research Center, as of last year, “For the first time, more than half of all online adults 65 and older (56%) use Facebook. This represents 31% of all seniors.” In addition, “49 percent of individuals 50 years of age and older are victims of fraud,” states the 2013 FTC annual report (via AMAC).

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A Mini Primer On Workers Compensation Investigations

Workers compensation laws are intended to protect employees who get hurt in the workplace. Federal employees are entitled to two-thirds of their monthly salaries when out on disability, and even more if they are permanently hurt. All states have their own compensation laws. While these laws are vital to the stability of society, they can be corrupted. Employers must investigate individual cases to prevent themselves from being taken advantage of. In fact, workers compensation fraud costs insurance companies and the public more than 60 billion dollars every year.

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Don’t Be A Victim!

Here is the golden rule of not becoming a victim of a scam, especially those involving money: Never give your credit card, social security number, or any other financial information out over the phone, by mail, or by email unless you initiate the contact and know who you are dealing with.

The following are some “red flags” that should warn you a letter, phone call, or email you received may be a scam:

  • High-pressure tactics. Beware of phrases like “You will lose out if you don’t act now” or “Don’t discuss your sweepstakes winnings with anyone until you get your check.”
  • Upfront payment. If you are told you must pay up front to receive your prize or winnings, it’s likely a scam. If you’ve won something, it’s yours. You should not have to pay anything in advance, including taxes or shipping and handling.
  • Refusal to provide written information. If the person or company contacts you but refuses to give information in writing, don’t do business with them.
  • Unrealistic profits. Be skeptical if you are told that you can make lots of money quickly with no risk, with no experience, or with no training.

If you receive a phone call, letter, or email that includes any of these red flags, just hang up (or ignore it if it’s a letter or email). Remember, telemarketing fraud is a crime, and the people who practice it are criminals.

If it’s too late, and you’ve already been scammed, call J.P. Investigations right away at 1-877-990-2111. Our team of private investigators is at your service.

Insurance Fraud Arrests & Convictions

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Insurance fraud happens all the time, and it may appear that people get away with insurance fraud, including life insurance, Medicare/Medicaid, auto liability, disability, and workers compensation. J.P. Investigative Group works on insurance fraud cases all the time with very favorable results.

While we’re on the topic of insurance fraud, here’s a handy website that provides a list of those who were arrested and convicted for insurance fraud! (This list is updated daily.)

http://www.insurancefraud.org/arrests.htm#.VOtU1fnF-So

J.P. Investigative Group is a well-regarded private investigations firm that has worked with numerous adjusters on insurance fraud cases. Our corporate headquarters are located in Charlotte, NC. Call us today at 1-877-990-2111 to assign us your next case, or go directly to our website and submit your case online.

 

Three Fast Tips: How To Identify Potentially Fraudulent Websites

At J.P. Investigative Group, we sometimes receive cases in which the client has been involved in a scam. In a recent case, upon further research using information provided by the client, we quickly discovered the scammer’s websites were fraudulent. How? It’s a lot easier than you think to identify potentially fraudulent websites, and all it takes is a few minutes.

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