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Success Stories

From the files of our daily real world “Success Stories,” here are a few brief summaries.

Nanny Protecting Her Interests

A highly experienced nanny came to us to request a background check on potential employers who were entertainers. The job she was being offered involved two small children and seemed to her a little too good to be true. The background checks we performed on the husband and wife revealed a web of financial judgments, tax liens, DUI convictions, and even a conviction for brandishing a firearm in public.

Our report read like a horror story, and the nanny refused the job.

She did come to us again when she was considering another situation with a different family. The background check she requested came up “clean” and the nanny took the job.

The last we heard from her, she was very pleased with her new situation.

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Three-Timing Husband

A woman came to us one day, convinced her husband was cheating, but reticent about hiring a private investigator. We set her mind at ease that we weren’t “spies” and that all we were doing was obtaining information to which she had a right.

We sent an operative to find the husband as he left work, and then to follow him. On the very first night he went to a wine bar, where he met a very attractive blonde in a short dress. We were able to get video of them kissing while waiting for the valet to bring them their cars, and then followed them to the woman’s home where, without much difficulty, we obtained further evidence of untoward intimacy.

We recommended at least another night’s surveillance. The very next evening after he met with the blonde, we followed the husband to the same wine bar, where the same scene repeated itself…except that the woman was a stunning brunette in an even shorter skirt. This time we followed them to a hotel where we managed to record evidence of the couple in flagrante delicto.

Given how upset the client had been when she’d hired us, we assigned one of our female operatives to break the news to her. We’ve learned over the years that there are clients you can’t just dump a .pdf file on. The client promptly filed for divorce. Our evidence proved to be of key importance during the ensuing child custody battle.

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Three-Timing Husband

A woman came to us one day, convinced her husband was cheating, but reticent about hiring a private investigator. We set her mind at ease that we weren’t “spies” and that all we were doing was obtaining information to which she had a right.

We sent an operative to find the husband as he left work, and then to follow him. On the very first night he went to a wine bar, where he met a very attractive blonde in a short dress. We were able to get video of them kissing while waiting for the valet to bring them their cars, and then followed them to the woman’s home where, without much difficulty, we obtained further evidence of untoward intimacy.

We recommended at least another night’s surveillance. The very next evening after he met with the blonde, we followed the husband to the same wine bar, where the same scene repeated itself…except that the woman was a stunning brunette in an even shorter skirt. This time we followed them to a hotel where we managed to record evidence of the couple in flagrante delicto.

Given how upset the client had been when she’d hired us, we assigned one of our female operatives to break the news to her. We’ve learned over the years that there are clients you can’t just dump a .pdf file on. The client promptly filed for divorce. Our evidence proved to be of key importance during the ensuing child custody battle.

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Working Late

Another client hired us to perform surveillance on a her husband, who she was convinced was cheating. After the wife’s leads as to where she suspected her husband to be came up dry, we decided to perform a stakeout at the husband’s workplace. It turned out that he really was working late. We saved a marriage that time.

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All the Signs She Was Cheating

A man called our office, concerned about a wife who qualified for every one of the Warning Signs That a Spouse May Be Cheating we have posted on our website. (A colleague had left it for him to find on his computer at work.) Clients who come to us with infidelity investigations usually fall into one of several specific groups, and this man was one of the angry ones. He was nearly obsessed with our list and all too eager to confront his wife.

We convinced him that it was better to obtain evidence and let cooler heads prevail. That wasn’t made any easier by a wife who was very hard to catch. She’d been sloppy about a lot of the warning signs, but, when it came actually to meeting up with her boyfriend, she was extremely careful.

The husband suspected his wife’s personal trainer, so we staked him out one night, with no results. The husband remained angry enough to insist we keep trying. Finally we realized the problem: we were looking for a boyfriend, and the reality was that there was a girlfriend. Once we knew where to look, the husband had ample evidence of his wife’s infidelity.

The husband had married with an iron-clad pre-nuptial agreement. The couple may have had the fastest divorce in California history, and the ex-wife wound up with next to nothing.

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You Can’t Be Too Careful on Tinder

With the advent of Internet dating on sites like match.com or on mobile phone apps like Tinder, strangers are meeting on dates that are truly blind. Rather than being fixed up with friends of friends of friends, who at least come with some recommendation, today you can very easily find yourself dating someone you know nothing about. They may tell you things about themselves, but you have no way (besides your gut instinct, which can be blinded by a number of dating factors) of knowing whether or not what you’re being told is true.

A client called our 24-hour number late at night, greatly agitated over the woman he was dating. They had met via Tinder, and he become serious about her very quickly. He was, however, unable to stop worrying about what she had admitted was a promiscuous past – even though she had promised him repeatedly that she was interested in a committed monogamous relationship.

The first thing we suggested was a background check, to make sure that the rest of what she had been telling him was the truth. There were a few minor lies, but most everything checked out. We then staked out her home on the nights she wasn’t with him. Sure enough, she was entertaining men every single night she was “alone”, all of them staying until the early hours of the next morning. It also wasn’t just one man: we staked her house out for three nights, and came up with three different companions for the evening.

When our client had his information, he broke off the relationship entirely. His was one of many cases that proves how it is always better to know and that the old adage of “you can’t be too careful these days” is true now more than ever.

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You Can’t Be Too Careful on Tinder

With the advent of Internet dating on sites like match.com or on mobile phone apps like Tinder, strangers are meeting on dates that are truly blind. Rather than being fixed up with friends of friends of friends, who at least come with some recommendation, today you can very easily find yourself dating someone you know nothing about. They may tell you things about themselves, but you have no way (besides your gut instinct, which can be blinded by a number of dating factors) of knowing whether or not what you’re being told is true.

A client called our 24-hour number late at night, greatly agitated over the woman he was dating. They had met via Tinder, and he become serious about her very quickly. He was, however, unable to stop worrying about what she had admitted was a promiscuous past – even though she had promised him repeatedly that she was interested in a committed monogamous relationship.

The first thing we suggested was a background check, to make sure that the rest of what she had been telling him was the truth. There were a few minor lies, but most everything checked out. We then staked out her home on the nights she wasn’t with him. Sure enough, she was entertaining men every single night she was “alone”, all of them staying until the early hours of the next morning. It also wasn’t just one man: we staked her house out for three nights, and came up with three different companions for the evening.

When our client had his information, he broke off the relationship entirely. His was one of many cases that proves how it is always better to know and that the old adage of “you can’t be too careful these days” is true now more than ever.

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Mother Knew Best

In an interesting twist on a kind of case we get very often, the mother of a recently engaged woman contacted us, and asked us to run a background check on her prospective son-in-law. Although the daughter was quite enamored of the man, the mother had always had a gut instinct that the man was not to be trusted. She asked us to run the most thorough background check we could.

Our investigation discovered that the fiancé, who had claimed never to have been married had three ex-wives. The divorce from the last wife wasn’t even final. There were several children involved as well, not all of them as a result of the marriages, and he had a history of being delinquent on child support payments. We also came up with a criminal conviction for embezzlement for which he had spent 6 months in jail.

There are times when mother does indeed know best. The daughter told us that her mother had simply handed her the report, without an “I told you so”. After reading it, she broke off all contact with her fiancé and dropped the ring in mail. She was lucky to have had a mother who cared enough to hire a private investigator to protect her daughter’s interests.

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International Service

International service of process is an area that many process servers avoid. At John A. DeMarr PI it’s one of our specialties. We frequently have law firms come to us after their regular servers of process refuse the international assignment.

We had a lawyer come to us with a very important subpoena needing to be served in Canada. The entire case depended upon that one witness, so our client was especially anxious that the subpoena be served properly. That we did, and we also made sure to keep her up-to-date about every step of the process. The Canadian process server even obtained a photograph of the witness with the subpoena, which we texted to our client in under a minute. She had her witness, and we saw to it that she got him with a minimum of anxiety.

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Arizona Client

Very much like international service of process is service of process on an Indian reservation. (See John’s blog for detailed information.) Service on an Indian reservation is practically the same as service in a foreign country, with the tribal courts having to act as intermediaries in the procedure.

An Arizona attorney was handling an accident case in which the driver of the car that caused the accident resided on an Indian reservation. The attorney was very surprised when he found out just how complicated service of process on an Indian reservation is. He was equally as surprised that he couldn’t find an Arizona process server to handle the matter. Then he found us.

Even though we’re in California and the case was in Arizona, we had the defendant served within the week. We also have a very satisfied out-of-state client, who now uses us for all his service of process needs.

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The Doctor Behind the Fraud

We’re often called upon to do surveillance in cases of possible insurance – and especially workers’ comp – fraud.

A recent case involved the owner of a small business and an accident that happened to a long-time and trusted employee. The accident was real, but the employer found it hard to believe that the employee had sustained the extensive injuries he was claiming. (The medical bills alone ran into six figures.)

Many people who make fraudulent workers’ comp claims aren’t nearly as careful as they should be. Sure enough, it took only one afternoon’s surveillance to obtain video of the allegedly bed-ridden employee working in the garden and carrying 40-pound sacks of gravel.

When we showed the video to the client, he had trouble believing that so trusted an employee could be committing fraud to such an extent. We were asked to look into the matter further, and discovered that the real culprit was the doctor the employee had consulted. When we were subsequently brought in by the insurance company to do on-site copying of the doctor’s subpoenaed records, we turned up case after case after case of suspicious workers’ comp activity.

Bottom line, the claim against the employer was reduced to the actual (and comparatively small) medical costs in the case, the employee was forced to make restitution to the insurance company, and the doctor was called up before the Medical Board of California.

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The Office Was Bugged — Twice

An important figure working behind-the-scenes for a major Los Angeles sports team began noticing that he was being second-guessed at meetings by colleagues who were coming up with bright ideas much like his own. It was happening so regularly over the space of several months that he began to suspect that his office was bugged. Wanting to be an inconspicuous as possible, he brought us in at his own expense to do a bug sweep.

Sure enough, we turned up two bugs in his office.

He then worked with us as part of a further investigation to determine who had planted the bugs. With a combination of undercover work and common sense, we discovered that the two bugs had actually been planted by two different co-workers, without each others’ knowledge. Our client took our findings to the organization’s COO, and appropriate action was taken.

We subsequently heard that our efforts had markedly reduced the level of toxicity in a very stressful workplace. The moral of the story is that, unbelievable as it may sound, you may be in need of TSCM against people on your own team.

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Airbnb Case #1

A landlord had been using Airbnb to turn an apartment complex in Hollywood into a quasi-hotel. In order to increase the number of units he could rent out short-term, he began taking steps to drive out his regular tenants. A group of the latter organized themselves and their attorney hired us to document the landlord’s actions.

We had operatives sign up for short stays at the property, which got our foot in the door for surveillance. Getting video of other transient “tenants” coming, going and being disruptive proved fairly easy. We also obtained proof of the landlord’s efforts to sabotage the lawfully occupied apartments when sending in alleged “workmen” to make “repairs”.

The tenants proceeded with their lawsuit, and, based on the evidence we’d collected, obtained a very large settlement that forced the landlord to sell the building.

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Airbnb Case #2

A landlord was suspicious that a tenant of his was renting out his unit using Airbnb, despite a no sub-leasing clause in his lease. We were brought in to obtain proof that the lease was being violated. We had the evidence in a matter of days, giving the landlord firm proof with which to proceed against the tenant.

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The Perfect Employee

A fortune 500 Company located in Irvine, California, was told by the applicant that he would be the perfect employee. Our skilled investigators conducted an extensive Pre-Employment Background Check, which revealed that the potential employee had failed to disclose his criminal background. Based on our efforts, our client saved potentially thousands of dollars in unnecessary training and termination fees.

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I Have No Job

A Los Angeles law firm represented a woman in an attempt to collect her back child support. We were contacted, as the ex-husband stated under oath that he was unemployed and unable to pay his child support. Our skilled Asset Search investigators utilized numerous techniques, including surveillance, to document that the ex-husband was currently employed with a large engineering firm, and verified that he was earning approximately $100,000 annually.

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My Back Hurts

A San Diego-based insurance company received a claim from their policyholder. The workers compensation claim involved an employee who allegedly slipped and fell at work, injuring his back. The employer received numerous complaints from co-workers indicating that the subject was not injured, and was busy with other activities. We were asked to verify this information. Our skilled Insurance Claim Investigators obtained detailed videotape of the subject lifting furniture, playing basketball and jogging. As a result of our efforts, our client denied the employee’s benefits, and the case was settled for no monetary value.

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An Ex-Employee

An Orange County law firm handling a business-to-business litigation case needed to locate the whereabouts of an ex-employee of the defendant. We were supplied only with a name. Our skilled Skip Trace Investigators located the individual. Based on our efforts, our client interviewed the ex-employee and obtained a positive outcome in their litigation matter.

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