The first step toward recovering stolen and/or hidden assets begins in Interfor’s research department. Our experience has shown that the quickest and most cost effective way to approach an investigation is to first examine all the information available in the public domain. Interfor’s researchers have in house access to over 2,000 databases worldwide which allow them to comb the public record for clues and intelligence. All leads are then followed with a field investigation.
The next step in the investigative process is to take a close look at the lifestyle of the subject, including an examination of his or her spending habits, relationships, investments, property, and other financial dealings. To start, Interfor’s investigators examine how well a subject meets his or her monthly financial obligations. If a person is spending money, but appears to have no source of income, chances are the funds are hidden in offshore bank accounts. In addition, investigators search for litigation history involving the subject or his or her businesses. Often times, assets may be found attached to a judgment that would not be listed elsewhere. Assets belonging to a subject’s family, or corporations associated with the subject, are also inspected.
By utilizing the techniques described above, and other investigative tools such as pretext interviews, Interfor’s investigators can begin to piece together a roadmap leading toward the hidden assets. However, it is not uncommon for the investigator to encounter roadblocks along the way. In order to circumvent these obstacles, Interfor works simultaneously with attorneys and forensic accountants to build legal remedies to ultimately freeze assets and demonstrate a nexus between the hidden assets, the debt, and perhaps a fraud. Using a combination of investigative services, like those offered by Interfor, and the instruments available through the courts, companies, creditors and victims of fraud can recover the assets they once believed they would never see again.