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How To Do Financial Asset Investigations: A Practical Guide for Private Investigators, Collections Personnel, and Asset Recovery Specialists, Third Edition

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Ronald L. Mendell M.S.
Date Published
238 pages
This book presents practical techniques for conducting financial asset investigations.
The book teaches about 13 main subjects: (1) how to obtain initial identifiers on individuals, such as date of birth and social security number; (2) how to identify relatives, associates, and friends of a subject; (3) how to research basic sources on an individual; (4) how to use information brokers; (5) how to use the Internet as an investigation tool; (6) how to conduct effective reconnaissance of the subject’s premises; (7) how to use advanced sources on an individual; (8) how to locate hidden assets; (9) how to research basic sources on a business; (10) how to conduct an effective plant visit; (11) how to use advanced sources on a business; (12) how to use non-traditional information sources; and (13) how to record data and report to a client. The book is designed to assist private investigators, collection specialists, judgment professionals, and asset recovery specialists in collecting information in a legal manner for the purposes of finding assets to satisfy judgments and debts. The author focuses on research techniques and emphasizes the importance of public records and the Internet in the course of financial asset investigations. The research methods significantly rely on libraries, periodicals, government documents, and Web sites. The book begins by considering the investigation of individuals and progresses to investigations of corporations and businesses. Investigators are cautioned to recognize that non-financial information may hold valuable clues for uncovering hidden financial assets. Fictional cases are presented that demonstrate the importance of weaving together diverse sources of information to produce a complete financial profile of the subject. The author also confronts the issue of how to effectively gather intelligence in the age of identity theft, which has impacted the work of financial asset investigators. Tables, forms, appendix, bibliography, index