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This case involved the controller of a private real estate practice who stole more than $300,000 over a period of three years. The creation of false vendors, false expense reimbursements and fake employees made up the heart of the fraud. McCann Investigators used a combination of computer forensics, financial analysis and an extensive records search to build a case for outside counsel in a civil case against the controller. McCann Investigators also worked closely wiht local law enforcement in the development of the criminal case against the controller.
Jewelery Manufacturer Theft
When custom manufactured merchandise began showing up at locations that were not resale clients, it became apparent to the owner that they hadd an internal theft issue. After cover recording of jewelery displays at various locations, McCann Investigators gathered details required for local law enforcement to seize the stolen merchandise. The merchants in possession of the stolen merchandise were able to verify the broker involved in the jewelery transactions which lead to the arrest of the broker.
Cyber Banking Fraud
In this case, a local bank discovered that a high-profile client had been hacked and their banking information was compromised. The cyber criminal had installed spyware on the client's computer was was able to remotely connect to the client's computer allowing them access to online bank accounts. Before the client noticed unauthorized transfers, over $45,000 had been transferred from the account by the cyber criminal. While the money was never returned, the client and the bank needed proof of fraud. Through computer forensics, McCann Investigators were able to prove the installation and use of spyware and keyloggers. The bank and the client upgraded security and were able to successfully file insurance claims for the theft.
Bankruptcy Fraud - Hidden Estate Assets
When a mid-sized private company filed for bankruptcy and a receiver was appointed, it became clear very quickly that something was not right. Reorganization was not possible and liquidation appeared to be the only reasonable option for recovery. The issue for the receiver was that the electronic records and may of the paper files were said to be lost or "accidentally destroyed". A McCann investigative team comprising computer forensics experts and certified fraud examiners was able to find the "destroyed" financial files. The ability to recover the lost data allowed for a more comprehensive clawback and a better return for the estate.
Material Misrepresentation is an Acquisition
After a multi-million dollar acquisition was completed and the new owners took over, it soon became clear that "everything was not okay". The new owner suspected that the acquired company had presented financial information that was more than twice the actual value. To make matters worse, after only two weeks, the old owner no longer wanted to cooperate with the new owner and had cut off communications completely. He said that he felt that the new owner would cheat him out and hold back anyway so he did not care. McCann Investigators were able to retrieve the old owner's email account, which was not controlled by the new owner. Deleted emails were recovered indicating that the old owner knew that the business was "a lemon", and that he hoped to hide the company's bad financials. The new owner's lawyers were able to use this recovered material in a civil suit against the former owner.
Partnership Embezzlement - Operating Partner Theft
The majority partner of a manufacturer finally realized that his partner, the daily operator and the minority partner had embezzled more than one million dollars. The operating partner was terminated and quickly filed a wrongful termination suit. A team of McCann Investigators soon began the process of gathering the evidence of his theft. Computer forensics, mobile device forensics, research, accounting reviews and surveillance of the target indicated that the total theft went beyond one million dollars over five years. In addition, the operating partner has alread set up a competing company and was in violation of his non-compete agreement. McCann Investigators worked directly wiht the manufacturer's law firm to obtain a TRO against the minority partner, in addition to referral to local law enforcement for criminal theft charges.
External Copper Ring Theft
Theft When an electrical contractor discovered electrical wiring being stolen from job sites, he began to worry that he was being targeted by organized criminals. In further discussions with other contractors, they soon discovered that is was impacting scores of contractors. McCann organized covert recording and live surveillance of a "bait site". The intelligence gathered was then turned over to law enforcement for further investigation.
The above represent a small sample of the hundreds of cases investigated by McCann over the past 28 years. Material facts have been changed to protect the privacy of our clients. Some of the cases discussed combine various issues and materials found in relevant case studies that have been reviewed by McCann Investigators. No attempt should be made to draw any factual conclusions based on the cases discussed. Please contact McCann nvestigations for real world cases in which references can be furnished.