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teamwCadfael Investigative Group, Inc has assembled a team of seasoned fraud investigators with Federal, State and Local Law Enforcement experience and credentials, plus the insight of an experienced investigator from the corporate world to give our clients the best possible advantage. If immediate action is required, our experienced investigators work with your senior management team and law enforcement to assist your organization in prosecution and restitution.  

We have established protocols for quality assurance, and to provide a consistent work product for our clients. Internal controls have been put in place to supervise each case from beginning to end. Our home office analyzes the procedures and completes the preliminary investigative steps to insure all leads are investigated and nothing is overlooked during the investigation. We do it right. As the investigation continues, findings are reviewed and analyzed for accuracy and relevance. Investigative results are then compiled and timely reports are completed and submitted to our clients. Our investigative techniques are carefully designed and implemented to lawfully gather information in all situations. We are especially careful in the most sensitive situations, such as substance-abuse investigations or sexual-harassment investigations. We heed all state and federal statutory regulations as well as professional sector liability for unlawful surveillance. We take care not to violate anyone’s reasonable expectation of privacy.

TomThomas M. Rucke is an experienced investigator who concentrates his practice in the area of fraud investigations. He brings his experience as a former Federal Law Enforcement Officer to every investigation. He has served as a lead investigator in many complex investigations throughout the United States. He has successfully investigated large scale fraud schemes that targeted businesses, banks and government institutions. His efforts have resulted in the identification, arrest and conviction of numerous members of organized groups involved in Identify Theft and Fraudulent Investment Schemes.

Tom’s current concentration is in the area of litigation support and identification and elimination of fraud in businesses in Minnesota. He has received many awards for his work including awards from the Secretary of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service.

As the founder of Cadfael Investigative Group, Tom takes special care in hiring his team of investigators and is diligent about overseeing their work. Tom puts his final stamp of approval on all work product before it is delivered to our clients.

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DanaDana M. Smyser joined Cadfael Investigative Group, Inc. as a senior investigator. Dana is a Marine Veteran with a 29-year career in police work. He served 25 years with the Minneapolis Police Department, receiving several awards and commendations. His investigative experience includes sex crimes, robbery, homicides, financial crimes and major crimes. He was a lieutenant/supervisor for 15 years, 10 of those years supervising investigative units in financial crimes and property crimes. Dana demonstrates a high degree of integrity in the field of investigations.

He concentrates his efforts in the area of litigation support and business investigations. Dana was a highly respected member of the Minneapolis Police Department.

Jeff-Burchett-1Jeffrey V. Burchett joined Cadfael Investigative Group, Inc. as a senior investigator. He has 23 years of Law Enforcement investigative experience, with the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office and Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA), and four years of Homeland Security background experience. Jeff has attended training seminars on narcotics, asset forfeiture, wiretaps, homicide, sexual assault, child abuse, gangs and background investigation. He has testified as an expert drug witness in both state and federal court and has presented investigations in both venues for prosecution. He has become proficient with cameras, and video recorders, as well as acquiring skills in interviewing, surveillance, and report analysis.


Kevin-Stewart-1Kevin Stewart is a Certified Forensic Interviewer and has been trained to interview, interrogate and analyze statement content. He knows how to spot and interview dishonest employees. Kevin has worked in loss prevention for large corporations for over nine years. He is an experienced consultant. His main focus with Cadfael Investigations is in the area of corporate security. Kevin’s primary responsibilities within Cadfael are to consult on cases that include theft, embezzlement, fraud, insurance fraud, financial crimes, organized retail crime, competitive intelligence, due diligence, anti-piracy, static and mobile surveillance, general loss interviewing, and background investigations.