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Criminal Attorneys FAQs

Frequently asked questions answered for you

Q. Why can’t I do the investigations myself?

A. You can try to do your own investigations. However, your time is better spent focused on providing legal service in which you are highly trained. Why would you want to spend your time doing what a skilled fraud investigator is trained to do?

Your time is money. When you hire a qualified fraud investigator you add expertise to your team and free up your time. You can focus on developing and managing your relationship with current clients and secure additional clients. You will have more time to get to know your client personally, discover the facts of the case, clarify what your client wants to achieve, shape your client’s expectations as to what actually can be accomplished, and then begin developing various claims or defenses and explain these strategies to your clients. You can focus on your job of applying the principles of law to the concrete facts your investigator will provide for you.

President Lincoln said that one who acts as his own attorney has a fool for a client. I would suggest that an attorney who acts as his own investigator may not be acting in the best interests of his client. If anyone believes he can be the case investigator as well as the attorney he may want to consider the reverse: Should the investigator act as the attorney? Complex fraud investigations are no territory for the untrained.

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Q. Why should I use a professional fraud investigator?

A. Professional fraud investigators are qualified and valuable because of their years of experience working fraud cases. They provide additional knowledge, information and strategies that will bring added value to you, your case and your clients.

A good professional fraud investigator will enhance your efficiency and effectiveness. After they review the facts of your case they will recommend winning strategies. The ability to analyze and evaluate a case is essential to provide you the information needed for a strong defense and favorable outcome.

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Q. What should I look for in a fraud investigator?

A. When looking for a professional fraud investigator to assist you with white collar defense, you want to look for someone who is well trained and skilled in fraud. You want someone who will be able to effectively and accurately analyze your case, who has handled hundreds of similar criminal investigations, and who is familiar with the twists and turns of various fraud schemes. To help you accomplish this we have created a questionnaire for you to use.

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Q. How can I determine if an investigator is experienced and qualified to conduct fraud investigations?

A. Finding an effective investigator is a challenge in itself. Finding one with the ability and experience to analyze fraud schemes is not easy. We suggest asking probing questions of the investigator as to his or her experience in conducting fraud investigations. The answers given should reveal the types and complexity of fraud schemes they have conducted. Cadfael Investigators Group is always available to assist in your search to suggest questions, analyze answers and evaluate candidates to insure you have the best possible investigator.

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Q. What makes Cadfael Investigative Group qualified?

A. Cadfael Investigative Group, Inc. is more than just licensed, bonded and insured. We are a team of highly trained and experienced fraud investigators. We have worked hundreds of investigations involving the prosecution of white collar criminal cases before judges and juries. We always properly analyze your case. We are familiar with the twists and turns of fraud schemes. We understand the criminal statutes and will not get lost in complex investigations. We are motivated to aggressively seek out all information related to your case so you will not encounter surprises during the course of your case.

Conducting an investigation is an art. There is much more involved than simply looking up and copying a record. It involves gathering information from various sources, analyzing and verifying that information to determine accuracy and completeness, then presenting you with an objective appraisal of this information in a manner that you can easily use in the best interest of your client. Our investigators have decades of experience. We put this experience to work for you and your clients.

We comb through available information and evidence to determine what has been gathered, and what may have been missed. We conduct professional quality interviews to gather information and evidence that may have been overlooked, ignored or not recognized as valuable.

We not only have the experience and ability to accomplish the task you need done, but we have the demeanor that will reflect positively on you and your professional image — both to your clients and your peers. We are committed to using our skills, experience and dedication to secure the best results for your client. Law enforcement works hard. We work hard for your success. Don’t take a chance with your client’s best interest; hire a professional fraud investigator today.

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Q. What should I expect when hiring Cadfael Investigative Group?

A. When you hire Cadfael Investigative Group you can expect us to set up a meeting with you to identify goals and objectives to ensure we are on the same page and working toward the same goals.

You should expect and will receive quality investigations, proper case analysis, good communications and someone with experience to be your partner to achieve the best result for your client.

During discovery we work nonstop to provide you answers as far in advance of trial as possible. While you are filing documents with the court to protect your client, we are analyzing your case from an objective position to determine whether:

  • all the evidence has been gathered and properly documented
  • all witnesses have been identified and interviewed
  • additional investigations is necessary

We examine the case carefully to determine whether the prosecution has made an investigative mistake or a procedural error. If not, we suggest negotiation to obtain the best possible solution to your client’s problem.

Throughout the investigation we communicate with you so you can promptly advise your client at every phase of the investigation.

Immediately upon the completion of discovery we go to work finding answers to many of the questions that existed at the start of the investigation and dispel inaccurate theories that may have been considered.

Throughout and at the conclusion of our investigation we analyze and verify the information gathered, then prepare and provide you this information in a user-friendly format to help you fulfill your responsibilities to your client.

We then deliver this information to you in person so we can review our findings, answer any questions and suggest strategies that are in the best interest of your client, giving both you and your client a real advantage over the opposition as the case progresses.

We are always available to testify. We will always represent you and your client in a professional manner and are trained and experienced in testifying in a court of law.

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Q. What services do you provide?

A. Cadfael Investigative Group, Inc. provides the following services:

  • Analysis of police or incident reports
  • Professional interviews of police officers
  • Crime scene analysis
  • Fraud scheme analysis
  • Identification and interviews of witnesses
  • Background investigations
  • Investigations/surveillance

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Q. How can I keep abreast of the frauds that are currently active?

A. Cadfael Investigative Group, Inc. publishes a monthly newsletter containing information on how you can avoid becoming a victim of a crime. We publish information about fraud schemes currently operating in the United States. The best way to help your clients avoid becoming a victim of fraud is for them to be educated so they will recognize the scheme for what it is and avoid it. The articles describe the scheme, how it works and what the new twists are and how they are employed. To obtain a copy of future newsletters, call Cadfael at 763-694-6086 to give us your name and email address. This is a fantastic offer. And it is FREE! Please click here to subscribe.

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