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Debtor Forensics

DEBTOR FORENSICS

Should you pursue the recovery process?

An informed decision requires knowing the probability of recovering your losses.

This preliminary forensic review will locate and evaluate the information you need to make a knowledgeable analysis of your situation.

Our team has specialized knowledge and decades of relative experience in asset recovery.  We can help you to make informed decisions about the recovery process.

Forensic Accounting

Our forensic accountants are a different breed of CPA. Their specialized skills and training are essential in asset recovery operations to locate diverted money and assets. Forensic accounting puts all the financial documents in your case under a microscope, searching for clues and irregularities. Financial Forensic Services accountants analyze, interpret, and summarize the data to assist the forensic research team in tracking down your assets. Our objective as forensic specialists is to present complex financial and business-related issues in a manner that is both understandable to laymen and yet properly supported for presentation in court. This allows us to present affidavits and deliver expert testimony, as well as prepare exhibits and visual aids for courtroom presentation. Strong forensic evidence often will settle your case successfully without the expense of going to court.

Financial Forensic Services forensic accountants provide damage assessments prior to litigation for loss recovery. Our accountants are also trained to provide attorneys with the proper documentation to prove “lost opportunity,” thereby increasing the potential for larger judgments. We do this in certain cases by producing evidence that shows the plaintiff suffered additional losses due to lost interest or lost profit opportunity. After all, victims have been deprived of the opportunity to invest their own money. This technique can also produce larger judgments by showing evidence of loss suffered by missing profitable tax deductions.

We assist attorneys in fraud cases, due diligence proceedings, and business intelligence with an accurate analysis of money transfers, cash flows, securities transactions, bank statements, and other documents. Just as crime scene investigators build an accurate picture with partial evidence such as DNA, a forensic accountant can identify and trace irregular transactions and undisclosed patterns that others cannot. We can demonstrate the existence of fraudulent transfers and follow the trail back to the perpetrators.

Digital Forensics

Financial Forensic Services has the resources to locate, recover, and analyze many types of digital data. Our experts know how to preserve the integrity of the relevant forensic evidence for a properly supported presentation. We can assist you with computer forensic services ranging from recovering lost digital data to analyzing emails for key evidence. Our experts can provide assistance to legal counsel by explaining the complex issues and technical terms, making them understandable to laymen. With specialized skills and software, lost data can often be recovered, providing critical evidence and analysis when your case involves digital data. Modern data recovery techniques often give us the ability to restore much, or in some cases all, of the data in deleted or erased files. When investigating intentional or malicious data destruction, we search for digital fingerprints, establishing the culprits. Data loss can also be catastrophic when physical damage occurs. Yet even when total disaster strikes, we can usually reconstruct at least partial information and provide valuable forensic evidence. Recovery may also possible when a hard drive or diskette may seem damaged beyond repair.

Email Forensics

Analyzing email communications has provided key evidence in a number of cases. Financial Forensic Services has the resources to recover and harvest information from large volumes of emails. The emails are located and combined for analysis by text-mining software. Our specialists can search huge volumes of emails for keywords and associative strings revealing undisclosed patterns of personal communication between many individuals. This technique can document incriminating statements and establish intent by the involved parties in their own words. We can document these email connections between individuals and trace their actions back in time for months or years. The results can offer irrefutable key evidence, since email provides documented proof of the author’s identity, the exact date the email was sent, and the identity of the recipient.

Questioned Document Examination

Forensic document examination is used in a variety of cases — insurance settlements, arson investigations, mail fraud, forgeries, con games, counterfeiting, and embezzlement. Financial Forensic Services experts can answer this question: Is the document genuine? Documents in question could be a bank check, contract, will, handwritten letter, email, threat letter, or even a suicide note. We can also examine official documents and identification such as passports, drivers’ licenses, petition signatures, and voter registrations. Our forensic document expert systematically examines questioned documents using scientific techniques and equipment:

  • Handwriting and signature comparisons
  • Damaged document reconstruction
  • Detection of alterations, obliterations, and indented impressions
  • Comparisons of document printing methods

Many courtroom successes hinge on the validity of documents produced in discovery or introduced by your adversaries. We can provide expert testimony and visual presentation aids about these questions:

  • Is the signature genuine?
  • Are the person’s initials on a contract or will?
  • Has the document been forged? By whom?
  • Did one individual author several documents?
  • Who authored the anonymous letter?
  • Was the hand of the will’s signatory guided by another?
  • Did the doctor or staff subsequently alter the medical records?
  • Are the initialed changes genuine on the contracts?
  • What is written under the cross-outs?
  • Was the document written on the date indicated?

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Financial Forensic Services, LLC is proud to staff Certified Fraud Examiners

Testimonial

“Financial Forensic Services did an excellent job in the way they executed my case. They were very straightforward. They stated what they could do for us and they did it. And, from a personal standpoint, they are excellent. Both my wife and I felt very comfortable working with them.”

Michael Whalen, 
Businessman

2014-11-11T18:21:13+00:00

Michael Whalen, 
Businessman

“Financial Forensic Services did an excellent job in the way they executed my case. They were very straightforward. They stated what they could do for us and they did it. And, from a personal standpoint, they are excellent. Both my wife and I felt very comfortable working with them.”

“Joe is the most competent investigator I’ve ever found. He has rare ability to find hidden assets. Others claim it, Joe has it. He understands the Rules of Evidence, he knows how to talk to people to develop a fact pattern, and he has a sixth sense for fraud. Joe has unquestioned integrity and delivers value for his services.”

Andrew Quiat
, Attorney

2014-11-11T18:12:51+00:00

Andrew Quiat
, Attorney

“Joe is the most competent investigator I’ve ever found. He has rare ability to find hidden assets. Others claim it, Joe has it. He understands the Rules of Evidence, he knows how to talk to people to develop a fact pattern, and he has a sixth sense for fraud. Joe has unquestioned integrity and delivers View Full →

“Joe Dickerson is the industry standard. You can measure the rest by what he does, and I say that without equivocation. Joe has incredible insight into the dark world of fraud. He understands the devious ways in which people perpetrate white-collar crime.”

Jan Schlichtman
, Attorney at Law

2014-11-11T18:20:55+00:00

Jan Schlichtman
, Attorney at Law

“Joe Dickerson is the industry standard. You can measure the rest by what he does, and I say that without equivocation. Joe has incredible insight into the dark world of fraud. He understands the devious ways in which people perpetrate white-collar crime.”

“They went overboard in providing excellent service. I was very pleased with what they provided for me as their end product. Financial Forensic Services really understands how a case needs to be put together in order to be presented to a jury. Their PowerPoint presentation tied everything together. It was thorough, it was concise, and it got the job done.”

Jim Thomas
, Prosecuting Attorney

2014-11-11T18:21:32+00:00

Jim Thomas
, Prosecuting Attorney

“They went overboard in providing excellent service. I was very pleased with what they provided for me as their end product. Financial Forensic Services really understands how a case needs to be put together in order to be presented to a jury. Their PowerPoint presentation tied everything together. It was thorough, it was concise, and View Full →

“As an environmental law firm, we use Joe Dickerson to locate prior business owners and do corporate genealogies. He is persistent, that’s the key to a good investigator, and he has a knack for understanding how people move money and do business. That tells him what rocks to look under. Joe is vastly superior to other investigators in two ways: he lets you know what’s going on and he’s honest with you, because he tells you if there’s really anything there worth pursuing. He is unusually thorough and creative finding people. Joe has earned his fee every time.” “If the information is to be found, then I believe that they will find it. Their service enabled me to do a much better job for my client.”

Tim Gabelhouse
, Attorney at Law

2014-11-11T18:20:41+00:00

Tim Gabelhouse
, Attorney at Law

“As an environmental law firm, we use Joe Dickerson to locate prior business owners and do corporate genealogies. He is persistent, that’s the key to a good investigator, and he has a knack for understanding how people move money and do business. That tells him what rocks to look under. Joe is vastly superior to View Full →

“Joe spends the time to understand the problem from the client’s perspective and from the legal perspective. He is intelligent, tenacious, willing to work as hard as it takes, thorough, well-informed, and just awfully good at what he does.”

Thomas E. Root, 
Attorney

2014-11-11T18:20:05+00:00

Thomas E. Root, 
Attorney

“Joe spends the time to understand the problem from the client’s perspective and from the legal perspective. He is intelligent, tenacious, willing to work as hard as it takes, thorough, well-informed, and just awfully good at what he does.”

“When I was general counsel for First Interstate Bank, I used Joe Dickerson for locating assets, investigating behavior and asset discovery. He did excellent work and always got the information I needed without compromising the bank in any way. He’s more thorough and kept in better touch with me than other investigators. I’d give him a grade of 96 or 97 out of 100.”

Frank Brainerd, Retired
Banker/Attorney

2014-11-11T18:20:20+00:00

Frank Brainerd, Retired
Banker/Attorney

“When I was general counsel for First Interstate Bank, I used Joe Dickerson for locating assets, investigating behavior and asset discovery. He did excellent work and always got the information I needed without compromising the bank in any way. He’s more thorough and kept in better touch with me than other investigators. I’d give him View Full →

” I was prepared to dismiss a federal case involving millions of dollars against a local individual who claimed to have no substantial assets. After your staff hit the records and delved into the transactions behind the transactions, you discovered the individual to actually be worth a few million dollars. We continued the case to conclusion. We were also very happy with the financial background examinations you conducted of the former directors of two failed national banks. The heart of any civil case is whether there is a pot at the end of the lawsuit. You were our lucky leprechaun in finding such pots.”

R. Michael Sentel
, Former Section Chief Legal Division, FDIC

2014-11-11T18:13:08+00:00

R. Michael Sentel
, Former Section Chief Legal Division, FDIC

” I was prepared to dismiss a federal case involving millions of dollars against a local individual who claimed to have no substantial assets. After your staff hit the records and delved into the transactions behind the transactions, you discovered the individual to actually be worth a few million dollars. We continued the case to View Full →