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What's the Code? : Vulnerabilities of complimentary WiFi

Silver-Tongued Swindlers : Some of the danger signs of smooth talking con men
 
 
The purpose of this publication is to provide you with information about investigations that can be used. This month we are also offering an easy and delicious recipe we hope you will enjoy.  
 
In this installment of VantagePoints, we first discuss some of the ways that judgment debtors attempt to shield assets that might otherwise be used to help in plaintiff recovery.
 
Next, our own Sam Castorani pulls a page from his Italian family cookbook to provide a recipe for Giambotta, a wonderful sausage and vegetable stew to help chase away the last of winter.  
 
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Blood from a Turnip: Searching for assets of "bankrupt" debtors
 
Over the years we have seen many cases in which a client sues and is awarded a judgment in response to some tortious act, only to have the defendant seek protection in bankruptcy court. It is not uncommon for judgment debtors to further attempt to hide assets from the bankruptcy process. Often the bankruptcy trustee will uncover such illicit activity; however, there are times when the underhanded schemes elude court scrutiny.
 
It is always a good idea to employ the services of a skilled, experienced private investigator to take a second look. An extra set of sharp eyes can analyze the bankruptcy filings and then develop a plan to seek and identify undeclared assets or improper liabilities that can be addressed in adversarial litigation.
 
Among the most common attempts to defraud the bankruptcy creditors are the transfer of holdings to family members or associates who have no valid controlling interest. Likewise, falsely stated liabilities or preferential payments to such parties can improperly diminish the assets available to creditors. In a particular case handled by ResultQuest, the married judgment debtor was revealed to have concealed millions in real estate by fraudulently deeding the property to his long-divorced ex-wife-without her knowledge. One subject we investigated claimed a massive, fabricated debt to a company with a circuitous ownership trail that ultimately led to a man determined to be the son of his brother-in-law.
 
Another widespread tactic to shield the personal ownership of all types of assets is the... Read More


Giambotta: Italian stew recipe to help chase away the last of winter
 
Sam Castorani, our director of security operations, taps his Italian roots to share a recipe from his family cookbook for a delectable stew that will help warm you during this transition from winter to springtime. Buon Appetito!