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Civil Cases

Partnership Fraud: Proving Embezzlement by the Operating Partner

In this case, McCann Investigators worked as a team to gather evidence to determine the extent of the fraud committed against the majority partner.  Since the majority of evidence from the client’s site was in the form of electronically stored information (ESI), McCann computer forensic technicians moved into to gather the relevant evidence. Material evidence was discovered that showed that the minority partner was engaged in a pattern of theft that stretched back over three years. An analysis of vendors, credit card statements, etc. also added evidence to these claims.  McCann investigators developed the materials for the civil filings and referred the case to local law enforcement.

Sexual Harassment Allegations against a Partner in a Law Firm

In this case, McCann Investigators were retained by a law firm to help with an internal investigation involving a senior partner. The claim, made by a new legal assistant, was that the senior partner had been emailing and texting her suggestive material that allegedly included a picture of his genitals. The senior partner denied the allegation and claimed that he was the victim, and that the claims had been fabricated. In this case, the smarts phones were the property of the firm and McCann mobile forensic investigator were able to obtain both the legal assistants and senior partners mobile devices. In addition, McCann network forensic investigators were able to review the laptops, emails, and social media accounts of both parties. The senior partner also provided access to his home and personal iPad. McCann Investigators were not able to show any discoverable communication between the senior partner and the legal assistant. However, McCann mobile forensic investigators did discover deleted photographs on her iPhone of nude images that appeared to match those claiming to come from the senior partner. She soon left the firm. 

Slip and Fall Accident Video: Actual Video or Tampered Video?

In this case, McCann Investigators were retained by a law firm to review video related to a fatal ladder accident. The fall had been captured on video by a digital recording device. The claim by the landlord was that in using the ladder, the contractor was acting in a dangerous and unsafe manner. The contactor’s claim was that the landlord simply did not clean up water that the landlord allegedly knew about and ignored. The video appeared not to show water on the ground and it also appeared to show the contactor standing on the very top of the ladder. McCann Investigators were able to show that the video had not been tampered with and were able to show, in court, a “zoom in” of the floor that clearly showed no water. 

Texting While Driving: Was the Driver Texting At The Time of Crash?

In this case, McCann mobile forensics investigators examined a mobile device, an iPhone, to attempt to determine if a driver was texting at the time of a serious accident. McCann was hired by the accident victim’s insurance company. The iPhone was provided to in a discovery request. The phone company records showed a text transmitting from the device on or about the time that the freeway video cameras documented the accident.  McCann mobile forensic investigators were able to recover a text message that had been deleted a few hours after the accident. In addition, McCann mobile forensic investigators were able to recover text messages two days after the accident discussing the removal of text messages. 

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