• Deciphering Large Company Ownership

    Large companies become complicated quickly. The corporate tree is just that, a top-down view of companies and ownership. The corporate tree provides a clear understanding about the ultimate parent company. Publicly traded companies will have their corporate structures written in their annual reports. Even so, that information is not easily discerned.  
  • The Many Faces of Fraud

    When it comes to fraud, investigators and law enforcement professionals know that there are more than Ponzi schemes and money laundering.  
  • Due Diligence with LexisNexis and WestLaw

    The value of combining traditional media (e.g., news, journals, and the written word vs. social media) with online litigation searches is immeasurable. Case after case has been made thanks to finding articles with a mere mention of our subject referenced. Old court cases, no longer accessible from county Web sites—if ever they were available—can also be located.
  • The Business of Finding Business Assets Business assets can be held in many ways—and buried in even more ways. Among the many creative money management methods available, business assets can be legally held in a foreign country, as a corporate shell, or a personal trust. Assets can be liquid (cash or easily converted to cash), intangible (hard to find or evaluate), or hidden (tucked way not to be found). Typical assets controlled by a business include: Real Property; Personal Property; Investments and Trusts (Financial Assets); Intellectual Property; and Subsidiaries/Spin-offs. For those assets that can be located, a discussion of some practical search procedures follows. Each asset type is examined, with examples of how to search for and investigate them. what you pay for.  
  • Locate Bank Accounts Legally

    Bank accounts for sale? Every day we receive advertising that offers to find someone’s bank account information—completely legally and FCRA compliant. It's still hard to figured out how this is possible to accomplish. Because it isn't. So what ways are legal, ethical and will get results?    
  • Online Intelligence Tips for Forensic Accounting Investigations This past year Cynthia Hetherington had the privilege to address The Canadian Institute of Chartered Business Valuators (https://cbvinstitute.com) on the topic of online and cyber investigation applications. CBV is intensely interested in work efficiency, excellent content, and the resources that can support those endeavors. Our session was a great success and was included in the CBV Journal of Business Valuation 2020 Edition. The following is an adaptation of the session and article, in hopes of providing beneficial knowledge to information professionals, accountants, researchers, and those cy­ber-curious truth seekers who, like CBV, value efficiency in their productivity.
  • This past year Cynthia Hetherington had the privilege to address The Canadian Institute of Chartered Business Valuators (https://cbvinstitute.com) on the topic of online and cyber investigation applications. CBV is intensely interested in work efficiency, excellent content, and the resources that can support those endeavors. Our session was a great success and was included in the CBV Journal of Business Valuation 2020 Edition. The following is an adaptation of the session and article, in hopes of providing beneficial knowledge to information professionals, accountants, researchers, and those cy­ber-curious truth seekers who, like CBV, value efficiency in their productivity.

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