RESULTS FOR: Investigations
June 8, 2020 | Investigations
I read my first Sherlock Holmes novel in Farsi at the age of 11 in the bombed-out suburbs of Tehran. In post-revolution Iran – during a war, food rations, military conscription, and nightly air raids – it was a rare pleasure, and solving complex problems became my passion. I became the self-declared investigator of lost pets, soccer balls, and toys in the neighborhood. I took notes, marked evidence, and exercised my deductive reasoning skills.
When I immigrated with my family … Read More
April 28, 2020 | Investigations
This week the White House and Congress agreed on a $484 billion funding deal to help small businesses, hospitals and Covid-19 testing. The spending package’s passage infuses another $310 billion into the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”), $60 billion of which was set aside for regional banks, community-based lenders and credit unions with an added $10 billion to cover lenders’ administrative costs. There’s also $60 billion allocated in the legislation for the Economic Injury Disaster Loans Program, which covers grants for … Read More
April 27, 2020 | Investigations
COVID-19 and Your Pending Workplace Investigations
While our lives are changing in dramatic ways that tend to make us feel more isolated and insecure, the world of workplace investigations continues to move forward. Workplace investigations are built on a foundation of thorough effort that is conducted fairly and confidentially and is performed in a timely fashion. The novel coronavirus has the capacity to tilt the factors of timeliness and fairness on their axes.
COVID-19 dropped on the scene unannounced, and … Read More
April 3, 2020 | Investigations
International fraudsters are already exploiting the Coronavirus and new federal CARES Act aid, relief, and stimulus programs, which include emergency cash payments to individuals and businesses. Expect the fraud attempts to continue throughout and after the pandemic.
Criminals are using various means to contact potential victims, including:
• spoofed (forged sender/header) email and phone calls posing as U.S. Treasury officials requesting potential victims provide personal identifying information (“PII”) to receive aid payments; and
• text messages with links to official-looking … Read More
According to the Department of Justice, Sultan Issa, the former Chief Financial Officer of a group of partnerships, corporations and trusts owned by a Chicago-area family, recently pled guilty to embezzling over $65 million. “Simply, I lied to a lot of people and I stole their money,” Issa told U.S. District Judge Andrea Wood. “And financial institutions as well.” Issa used his position of trust to steal money to fund his lavish lifestyle for nearly a decade. How did his … Read More
August 20, 2019 | Investigations
A recent article from the Wall Street Journal discusses the resignation of the Care.com CEO after an earlier investigation reported on the inadequate vetting of the company’s caregivers. “Ms. Marcelo’s resignation as CEO comes after the Journal’s investigation in March found instances in which caregivers hired through the Care.com platform had police records and were accused of committing crimes while caring for clients, including child abuse, sexual assault and murder.”
This is truly alarming, and of great concern to those … Read More
April 1, 2019 | Investigations
March 1, 2019 | Investigations
Lesson From Apple
The Securities and Exchange Commission recently filed a lawsuit against a former Apple executive alleging he engaged in insider trading. According to the SEC’s complaint, as the previous global head of corporate law and corporate secretary, he was responsible for ensuring that employees complied with the company’s policy on insider trading. He also received material non-public information about Apple’s finances as a member of the company’s disclosure committee. The SEC alleges he, on at least three occasions, … Read More
May 18, 2018 | Investigations
In a highly competitive lateral market, about half of law firm hires don’t make it past the first five years and retention rates continue to disappoint. Retaining key hires can be a complex issue and chief among the considerations is being sure the due diligence is done before making an offer. A quick scan of any legal publication illustrates how, time and time again, the reputation of a firm is damaged by a lack of proper due diligence.
The scenario … Read More
November 22, 2017 | Investigations
Sexual harassment is a topic discussed in earnest at all levels of our organizations. Businesses are now looking backwards and questioning past accepted behavior in light of today’s public allegations. While this may demonstrate enlightened reflection on the part of business, it can also shed light on cultural, accepted norms and vulnerabilities which may impact these organizations.
Each business has a specific DNA or culture and can range from large publicly-traded, very traditional organizations to those organizations which are described … Read More