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Financial Forensics

Financial Forensic Research

Financial Forensic Services offers discreet forensic research separate from financial recovery services. Our capabilities and experience are often requested for mergers, business buyouts, property transfers, estate planning, and marriage dissolutions. Financial forensic research can also be used to discover or prevent an entire range of white-collar crime including embezzlement, employee theft, securities fraud, bankruptcy fraud, and executive malfeasance.

Competitive Business Intelligence

Financial Forensic Services research staff harvests data from public and proprietary databases. The team assigned to your case combines the discoveries from text- and data-mining analysis with other field investigations, allowing you to make informed decisions in negotiations and business planning. Add in our forensic accounting expertise, and the picture is often distinctly different than what has been presented on the surface. You will make better decisions with better information.

Due Diligence

Generally involving mergers, acquisitions, or buyouts, these investigations focus on the new acquisition company, it’s key employees, it’s corporate records, and other documents in the transaction. We can help you test the accuracy of representations and warranties contained in the purchase agreement and items noted in the Disclosure Schedule. The primary goal of the due diligence investigation is to discover and analyze all of the material information necessary to enable our clients to fully understand the target company. We help you identify and address any areas of concern before proceeding with a transaction.

Financial Forensic Services forensic accountants can analyze corporate records, tax returns, and year-end statements, and can interview key executives and personnel to check the authenticity of any representations and disclaimers. Our research specialists search for news, unknown circumstances, or undiscovered liabilities that may adversely affect the future of the new acquisition. Our forensic research staff verifies assets represented in the transfer and purchase agreement. Due diligence can involve our experts physically checking the existence and condition of inventories, real estate, plant assets, machinery, and vehicles. We can also document the ownership and validity of intellectual property rights, patents, trade secrets, and proprietary technology

Embezzlement & Fraud

Embezzlement is seldom as simple as walking out the back door with the money. More often it is a complicated scheme that takes place over months or even years. Forensic accountants are trained to identify red-flag discrepancies in accounting documents and follow clues to the source of any fraudulent activity. Financial Forensic Services can also assist you with data and text-mining analysis for email and phone communications, as well as on-site forensic research staff. Many clients take advantage of our experience as a precaution against theft and embezzlement by installing proper safeguards. On the whole, this preemptive action is a more cost-effective approach than litigation and using our specialists in the financial recovery process after a loss has been suffered.

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

Testimonial

“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.”

“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 →

” 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 →

“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 →

“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.”

“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.”

“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 →

“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 →