Investigating Executives & White Collar Crime

Investigating Executives & White Collar Crime

Don’t let executive misconduct ruin your corporation…

When it comes to running a business, the executives who are the visionaries and decision-makers that shape a company should always remain above reproach. White collar crimes have the potential to pull a business up from the root with devastating consequences. Unfortunately, Americans know from media coverage and social media that there’s few things we are more attracted to than stories about high-ranking officials and the misconduct that negatively impacts their businesses—both in profits and in public relations.

Many will be familiar with the recent news of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ high-profile divorce following allegations of infidelity, in which his ex-wife became the richest individual in history by virtue of divorce proceedings. The fallout from executive misconduct can leave a trail of legal fees, government sanctions, violations, and public relations-related crises that can devastate a company from the top down.

Thought to be coined in 1932, the phrase “white collar crime” now refers to a spectrum of frauds and other crimes committed by high-ranking executives and officials. The most common characteristics of white collar crime contain aspects of deceit, concealment, or violation of company policies and/or state and federal law. The motive is financial, with executives skimming off the top of a company’s profits for their own use. These crimes are sometimes thought of as “victimless crimes,” with no regard to how the fallout from a fraud or scheme can impact the company, and therefore the families of its employees. The types of fraud include, but are not limited to:

  • Bank fraud
  • Blackmail
  • Bribery
  • Cellular phone fraud
  • Computer fraud
  • Counterfeiting
  • Credit card fraud
  • Currency scheme
  • Environmental schemes
  • Extortion
  • Forgery
  • Health Care Fraud
  • Insider trading
  • Insurance fraud
  • Investment schemes
  • Kickbacks
  • Larceny/theft
  • Money laundering
  • Racketeering
  • Securities fraud
  • Tax evasion
  • Telemarketing fraud
  • Welfare fraud
  • Weights and measures

Corporate fraud and white collar crime of this nature remain one of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s top priorities when it comes to identifying and indicating perpetrators. While involvement by government agencies may seem like the end of the line, there are ways companies can get out in front of executive misconduct by hiring a private investigator to investigate these matters.

Private investigators have a unique reputation as slick operators who fly under the radar, but they are invaluable professionals to companies in the throes of a corporate crisis because they are independent and objective. Objectivity is the priority when dealing with executive misconduct and white collar crime, as any allegations or evidence presented against the executive must be presented by an individual with no stake in the outcome of the investigation. Private investigators are independently contacted by a business or corporation to investigate the alleged executive misconduct, and can gather evidence and collect witness statements without the air of bias. Because private investigators are independent contractors, there is no fear of reprisal on behalf of coworkers and other employees at the company. This leaves no lead discounted or ignored. They can investigate employees at all levels, and determine how (if at all) the executive is receiving assistance in their fraud from subordinates. One of the most attractive qualities in a private investigator is that their objectivity makes them crucial witnesses in any legal proceedings that may result from the investigation.

Businesses and corporations should never be beholden to CEOs, presidents, and other high-ranking executives who behave badly. Executive misconduct and corruption are like aggressive weeds that must be pulled from the root in order for businesses to flourish. When it comes to rooting out bad leadership, consider hiring a private investigator to navigate a tricky investigative path that can end in quality operations and peace of mind for businesses large and small.

If you have a corporate crisis like executive misconduct, we can help. Call Lauth Investigations International, a family-owned-and-operated investigative firm with over 30 years of providing successful solutions to clients in Indianapolis and throughout the nation. Call 317-951-1100 for a free consultation, or to learn more about our services, please visit our website.

How a Private Investigator Can Help in a White Collar Criminal Case

How a Private Investigator Can Help in a White Collar Criminal Case

court case justiceWhite collar crime happens every day in the US, and it costs corporations billions of dollars annually. As with most things, preventing these crimes from occurring is always preferable, but given the number of cases making the news on a weekly basis, that’s obviously not always possible. For those situations in which you either suspect a crime is being committed in the workplace or you’re already in the throes of a legal battle, an experienced private investigator can significantly improve the chances of a more favorable outcome. Here’s how.

Internal Investigations – A private investigator can help identify and weed out those working for the corporation who may be up to no good. In some cases, the investigator can openly conduct the investigation. In other instances, he or she can go undercover, posing as another employee to help gather intel and compose evidence.

Vetting Witnesses – Whether it’s identifying key witnesses to help support your case or poking holes in witnesses for the other party, a private investigator knows who to look for, what questions to ask and what type of research needs to be done to achieve the best possible outcome.

Conducting Interviews –A private investigator is quite often called upon by a corporate attorney for a number of reasons, one of which is conducting in-depth interviews with all the parties involved in the case. When handled properly, this can help you be prepared and avoid any unexpected surprises that may pop up during court proceedings.

Reviewing and Gathering Documents – A private investigator who is experienced in dealing with white collar criminal cases will know precisely what type of documentation is needed in order to strengthen and/or prove or disprove supposed facts about the case. The more detailed documentation you have ahead of time, the better your chances in mediation or court.

Differing Perspective and Insight – For most executives, dealing with a criminal investigation isn’t something they have to experience very often. Because of this, it can be valuable to partner with a private investigator who has worked on several such cases in his or her career. The first-hand experience and personal knowledge can help to set expectations and provide a different point of view.

Do you suspect that a crime may be occurring within your organization, such as embezzlement or insider trading? Are you in the process of building a case for court? Give us a call and let’s discuss how we may be able to help.