Corporate investigators

Corporate investigators believe they can do many of the same jobs as police just as well and more cheaply, a new study has shown.

Corporate detectives working as general investigators have duties ranging from locating missing persons to exposing fraudulent workers' compensation claims. Many investigators who work for private investigations firms look into anything the client wishes; hence, there is no typical set of duties. Others specialize in one field, such as finance, where they might use accounting skills to investigate the financial standing of a company.

Corporate investigators work for companies other than investigative firms--usually large international corporations or business services firms like insurance companies. they conduct investigations of fraud or theft and identify employees with substance abuse problems.

Corporate investigators in the finance industry often investigate the financial standing of companies or individuals. Since corporate takeovers have become more common, investigators have increasingly been working with investment bankers and lawyers. Investigators are generally hired to develop confidential financial profiles of individuals or companies that may be parties to large financial transactions. A common type of such an investigation is the asset search, which ends with a complete list of assets. Most begin with the routine collection of information, such as the correct name, address, and social security number of a subject, which allows a credit report to be obtained. During the asset search, much of the information is obtained from commercial databases and reporting services, as well as public records. The next step in the search may be contacting sources, usually within the banking industry, who can provide additional financial information not normally available to the public.

Computers have changed the nature of this occupation and become an integral part of investigative work over the last several years. They are mainly used to access information stored on electronic databases. Many investigations start with a computer search using just a person's name and Social Security number or date of birth. Not only do computers allow investigators to obtain massive amounts of information in short periods, but they are being used in more white-collar crimes, such as computer fraud. Computer crimes require investigators with new skills to help stop them. Even with the widespread use of computers, traditional investigative techniques such as interviews or rummaging through garbage are still used in many cases.

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