ARIEL INVESTIGATIONS, INC. 

1300 G El Paseo Road, Suite 181

Las Cruces, New Mexico 88001

Tel: 909.728.7661

Fax: 800.856.9108

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18723 Via Princessa, Suite 202

Santa Clarita, California 91351

Tel: 310.650.6337

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SURVEILLANCE

A Private Investigator works all kinds of different cases, from missing persons to insurance fraud, to theft and vandalism, to determining if a parent is fit to have child custody or visitation rights to proving marital infidelity. It’s all about the close and detailed observation of a person, place, or thing to gather facts that can be used to build a case– whether this means watching a store that has been repeatedly burgled to see if anyone is casing it or trying to break in, or watching a person who has an insurance claim in for a leg injury to see if they miraculously get up and start running around.

 

In virtually every case, technology now plays a major role in getting the job done by enhancing a PIs ability to gather and document intel that tells the story of a crime or transgression. Out on the streets, the time-tested approach to getting eyes on the subject and gathering evidence is still very much in play. The basic approach to surveillance has remained fairly static for decades – Look. Listen. Follow.

WORKERS' COMPENSATION INVESTIGATIONS

Workers' compensation fraud occurs when a claimant, employer, or health care provider knowingly lie in order to gain an advantage, savings, money, or other benefits. While many people believe that workers' compensation fraud solely consists of employees lying about or exaggerating their injuries, workers' compensation fraud can involve both employers and employees.

 Who Commits Workers’ Compensation Fraud? There are three categories of workers’ compensation fraud:

  •  Claimant fraud (employee)

  •  Premium fraud (employer) 

  •  Provider fraud (medical or legal)

Each form of fraud can cause varying degrees of damage, and each has its own set of “fraud warning signs”                 

  • There are no witnesses to the incident.

  • The injured employee is refusing treatment or receiving conflicting diagnoses

  • The injured employee waited to report the incident with no valid explanation for the delay.

  • The injured employee’s story is inconsistent or suspicious.

  • The injured employee has a history of making workers’ compensation claims.

  • The injured employee has a history of changing jobs or medical providers often.

  • The incident happened before or just after a weekend, strike, or holiday.

  • The incident happened just before an imminent termination or expiring contract.

  • There is evidence of the injured employee working a side job.

  • There is evidence of the employee doing activities that would be impossible with their claimed injury                                                           

  • The injured employee is hard to reach while on leave.

  • The injured employee hired an attorney right away or is pushing for a quick settlement.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


INFIDELITY INVESTIGATIONS

A cheating spouse or significant other will tend to exhibit some of the signs of infidelity listed below. Signs of a cheating husband or wife include unavailability at work, increased time away from home or unusual cell phone usage, or other signs of infidelity. If more than a few of the indicators below are present, the next step is to conduct surveillance to confirm your suspicions. There are a few key behavioral patterns to take notice of your spouse while at home.

 

  • A sudden increase in time away from home

  • Decreased sexual interest

  • Often distracted and daydreaming

  • Often unavailable at work

  • Attending more work functions alone

  • Using a computer alone and secretly

  • Clothes contain makeup or lipstick smudges

  • Getting their laundry done independently

  • Asking about your schedule more often than usual

  • Cell phone calls are not returned in a timely fashion

  • Leaving the house or goes to other rooms to talk on the telephone

  • Mileage on the car is high when only short distance errands are run

  • Clothes smell of perfume, massage oil residue, and sex

  • Credit card bills contain unusual gifts, travel, restaurant charges

  • Gas credit cards contain uncommon locations of gas stations

  • Unexplained payments on bank statements

  • Having more cash on hand without accountability

  • Cell phone bills contain calls with long duration

  • Home phone and calling card records contain calls with long duration

  • Having unexplained receipts or personal effects in the wallet

  • Credit card bills contain unusual gifts, travel, restaurant charges

  • Gas credit cards contain uncommon locations of gas stations

  • Unexplained payments on bank statements

  • Having more cash on hand without accountability

  • Cell phone bills contain calls with a long duration

  • Home phone and calling card records contain calls with long duration

  • Having unexplained receipts or personal effects in the wallet

   

 

CHILD CUSTODY INVESTIGATIONS

Child custody and support are often the most disputed areas as they affect both emotions and money. Unfortunately, children are often used as bargaining chips. It is the parents’ responsibility to manage their children’s growth and development continues even though the marriage ends.  The court will make child custody decisions based on what is in the “best interest” of the child if the parents can’t come to an agreement. This aspect can be the most complicated and controversial part of the case. There are many factors the court will consider when making a decision. There are numerous factors that help determine if you have a child custody investigation. When attempting to prove neglect, abuse, or to obtain visitation rights for our clients, our investigators consider:

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  • Does the parent associate with anyone the child should not be around?

  • Stability, lifestyle, health, and schedules of the parents

  • The care and affection showed to the child by the parents

  • Domestic violence or other complaints against a parent

  • The parents past and current conduct

  • Evidence of Alcohol or drug abuse of a parent

  • The atmospheres in the homes

  • The financial standing of the parents

  • The home environment of the parents

  • Ability to provide food, shelter, and education for the child

  • Criminal Records, involvement in criminal activity past or present or association of any criminal element

  • Evidence of child abuse or neglect. Any unfounded accusations of abuse by a parent about the other parent.

  • Abduction or abandonment of the child or other defiance of legal process by one of the parents


 

       

         Employee Fraud

  • Injuries with no witnesses

  • Delays in reporting injuries

  • Delays in seeking medical treatment and/or missed appointments

  • Injury while off of work

  • Financial stress at home

  • Filing multiple claims

  • Injury concurrent with the termination

        Employer Fraud

  • Denial of valid claims

  • Late issuance of disability checks

  • Misclassification of the workforce and the nature of work being done by employees

  • Refusal to purchase insurance for employees

  • Making examples of employees who have submitted claims

  • Issuance of 'Ghost Policies' to independent contractors who are actually employees


What Private Investigators can't do!


•    Operate without a license
•    Impersonate law enforcement Participate in unethical practices
•    Break the law / Participate in unethical practices
•    Tamper with mail/ break the law
•    Hack into a social media or e-mail account
•    Hack a cell phone/wiretap a phone without consent
•    Run a license plate without reason
•    Obtain protected information without consent or legal purpose
•    Make a legal arrest
•    Obtain cell phone records without a warrant
•    Present false testimony in court or legislative hearing
•    Torture or any kind of physical, mental abuse; murder