A Private Investigations company must have an active license in order to conduct business within the state of Texas
The company license insures that the Owner/Investigator has passed a Criminal History Background Investigation performed by the Department of Public Safety and the F.B.I., has completed and passed the required amount of Continuing Education Courses (16 hours per licensing term) and has shown proof of Professional Liability Insurance.
Private Investigator is not a Police Officer and thus has no special powers of arrest.
A Private Investigator has no authority in Texas to carry a concealed firearm beyond that of a private citizen. Private Investigators are prohibited from breaking Federal, State or Local laws in the course of conducting any investigation or surveillance. A Private Investigator cannot tap telephone lines, conduct illegal searches and seizures, or violate anyone’s civil rights.
The Private Investigative industry offers a variety of investigative services to prospective clients.
Mobile/Covert Surveillance, Insurance Claims, Corporate Theft, Undercover, Infidelity, Background Investigations, Locating Debtors/Witnesses, Asset/ Business Record Searches and Accident/Incident.
Most Private Investigative Firms specialize in a few specific areas.
Texas Investigative Network, Inc. specializes in Mobile/Covert Surveillance, Civil Litigation (Insurance Defense, Product Liability, Locates, etc…), Electronic Countermeasures and Interrogation/Polygraph Examinations.
A Private Investigative Firm typically charges by the hour plus mileage and expenses for their services.
With client authorization, an investigative strategy is proposed and implemented. Upon conclusion of an assignment, clients may request a professional report which addresses all prior areas of concern.
What are the circumstances that lead to the need for an Asset Investigation to be conducted?
TIN Asset Investigations are conducted in Pre-Litigation, In-Litigation and/or Post Judgment situations. The data and/or evidence developed through this level of investigation is essential to determine if a debtor or defendant is genuinely able to satisfy a financial obligation.
Does TIN utilize internet-based searches to determine the existence of certain assets?
Although internet-based research can be preliminarily helpful when seeking to identify assets or leads to assets, a thorough and comprehensive Asset Investigation will always include proprietary computer databases, government agency filings, courthouse records and other asset-related categories of information.
Specifically, what type of assets fall within scope for a standard TIN Asset Investigation?
A TIN Non-Financial Assets investigation typically includes Real Estate, Vehicles, Watercraft, Aircraft, Unclaimed Property, UCC Filings, and various other ownership data searches.
A TIN Financial Assets investigation typically consists of state-wide Bank Account searches and U.S. Brokerage Account searches. Financial Asset investigations are conducted for law firm and comply with GLB policy.
What are the costs associated with conducting a TIN Asset Investigation?
TIN Non-Financial Asset investigations typically range from $ 500.00 – $ 2,500.00, depending on the number of jurisdictions identified for investigation and the volume of records, information, etc. developed through the course of the investigation.
TIN Financial Asset investigations range from $ 1,250.00 – $ 10,000.00, depending on the number of jurisdictions identified for investigation, volume of information and types of accounts developed through the course of the investigation, etc.
How does TIN approach a situation in which funds have been stolen from a company?
Initially, TIN recommends a review of all relevant and/or questionable records, transactions, invoices, deposits, receipts, etc. in order to establish that monetary losses have in fact occurred. It is also prudent to conduct a comprehensive background investigation(s) of all suspected employee(s), managers, etc. in order to identify those who have historically demonstrated a propensity to conduct acts of theft, fraud, embezzlement, etc. With client authorization, TIN may also initiate covert/mobile surveillance, undercover operations, non-financial assets and financial account searches and/or employee/manager interviews for purposes of identifying individuals responsible for and methodologies utilized which contributed to the company losses.
How much does a Corporate Investigation cost?
The costs for TIN to conduct a corporate investigation will vary from case to case and is contingent upon the industry, client objectives, monetary losses realized to date and the strategy and scope of the investigation. A typical corporate fraud, theft and/or embezzlement investigation will range in costs from 5,000.00 to $ 50,000.00.
How long does it typically take to complete a Corporate Investigation?
Depending on the extent of the theft, fraud and/or embezzlement which have contributed to company losses, two (2) to four (4) weeks of research, investigation, surveillance, etc. is typically required by TIN to complete a corporate investigation. Some corporate matters for investigation; however, may require more time (1 – 3 months) in order to properly address all case objectives and bring clarity and resolution to a client’s issue(s).
Can TIN identify a current owner(s), officer(s) and/or manager(s) of a particular company?
TIN has the resources and extensive experience in determining who the shareholders, officers/directors and/or key managers are in connection with a questionable entity. The names of owners and shareholders are sometimes not recorded in the business filings or corporate documents. Although often difficult to obtain, this level of information is critical for a client to have when an issue has developed, or when ownership clarity is needed in order to properly bring an entity into litigation.
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