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Protection of Assets and Brand Reputation

Background Investigations and Pre-employment Screening:

According to the 2012 Report to the Nations published by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, the typical business organization loses 5% of its revenue to fraud each year. The median loss caused by occupational fraud reported in the ACFE study was $140,000, with at least a million dollar loss reported by one-fifth of the businesses. The perpetrators of these frauds are employees operating at all levels within an organization, not only production workers but management and executive employees. The best way to prevent employee theft begins with an effective pre-employment screening program and background investigation.

The Trace Investigations team of experienced legal investigators, research specialists and intelligence analysts has been providing background investigations and pre-and post-employment screening services to small businesses and larger corporations for over two decades.

Trace Investigations can assist your business by providing:

  • An effective pre-employment screening program;
  • A post-employment investigation for promotion candidates;
  • A workplace investigation for inventory shortages and other suspected frauds;
  • A background investigation on current and prospective business partners.

The benefits of an investigation:

  • Reduction of Turnover: The best job applicants are identified in a thorough, timely and reliable manner;
  • Operating Cost Reduced: Better business practices and procedures are identified;
  • Confidence Level Enhanced: Stakeholders or shareholders can be reassured;
  • Increased Profit: Profit margins can be impacted upward.


Due Diligence Investigations:

Avoid a Bad Business or Investment Decision.

Business relationships entered into too quickly can lead to fraud and other losses. Before entering into any new business arrangement, such as a merger or acquisition, a due diligence investigation is required.

“The goal of any due diligence investigation is to avoid a bad business or investment decision.” This quote is from Trace Investigations founder Don C. Johnson, Certified Legal Investigator™, in the reference text, Corporate Investigations, published by Lawyers & Judges Publishing Company, Inc., 2002 edition. Johnson authored Chapter 11, “The Due Diligence Investigation,” which still serves as a manual for conducting an investigative due diligence. At the time, studies illustrated that the U.S. economy lost billions of dollars annually to various business frauds and economic crimes. Those losses have only continued to climb and, as Johnson noted then, “Economic crime is in itself a growth industry …” Any business owner or corporation board of directors considering a business merger or acquisition is duty bound to conduct a due diligence investigation on that proposed transaction. There are three key actors in a due diligence investigation: an attorney, an accountant and an investigator, each playing a significant and collaborative role in the process.

Trace Investigations can assist your business by:

  • Investigating the principals of merger and acquisition targets;
  • Researching relevant markets and industry sources;
  • Investigating past performance and history of the targeted company;
  • Conducting field investigations to verify or obtain information.

The benefits of a due diligence investigation:

  • Ability to Eradicate: A client is reassured on a strategy or alerted to its problem;
  • Acquisition Assurance: Standards of care in normal business transactions are met;
  • Compliance Satisfaction: Duties under controlling law and regulatory compliance issues are satisfied;
  • Continued Profits Assured: Future business and economic losses are prevented.


Intellectual Property Investigations:

Counterfeiting and trademark infringement can destroy your brand’s value.

The National Crime Prevention Council reported that in 2010 in the United States the value of seized counterfeit goods and unlicensed products exceeded $260 million in domestic value. There are two general categories of intellectual property: copyrighted materials, such as books, films and other artistic works; and industrial property, such as trademarks, service marks, patents and designs. International manufacturers of designer goods are obviously concerned about protecting their brands, considering the extent of counterfeit products that travel across international borders to various wholesale and retail outlets. Smaller businesses and manufacturers should be equally concerned about the marks and designs that distinguish their products or services.

Trace Investigations provides intellectual property services by:

  • Investigating reports of counterfeit goods in secondary retail outlets;
  • Coordinating investigations with law enforcement when necessary;
  • Effecting the surrender, storing and destroying of counterfeit goods;
  • Identifying and investigating litigation targets.

The benefits of an investigation:

  • Brand Protection and Rebuilding: A brand is costly. We investigate attacks on your brand;
  • Counterfeit Elimination: Counterfeit product is destroyed and purveyors are identified;
  • Dilution Stopped: Further trademark dilution is prevented;
  • Cost Recovered: Litigation costs can be recovered.


To eliminate doubt that could jeopardize the outcome of a serious matter please call us at 812-334-8857 or 800-310-8857 for a FREE consultation.