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The goal of this e-newsletter is to provide you critical, inside information that will help you "follow the money" in business disputes, divorce cases, fraud cases, estate matters, corporate embezzlement and to prevail when defending an IRS criminal case. We will do this by sharing the knowledge we have from our 25+ years of experience as an IRS Special Agent and 16 years as a private investigator / forensic accountant.

We take special care to ensure the information we provide you in "The Beacon" is the latest and most current information available.  In this edition, we share what you should know before hiring a forensic accountant.

We want to write about topics that will assist you in prevailing with fraud, divorce, estate and probate, and IRS criminal cases. Please e-mail us your topics of interest to
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Edmond J. Martin
Principal, Chief Investigator
Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)
Texas Certified Investigator (TCI)
What You Should Know Before Hiring a Forensic Accountant  

There is a difference between an accountant and a forensic accountant. 

Forensic accounting, sometimes called investigative accounting, is the application of accounting concepts and techniques to legal problems. Forensic accountants investigate and document financial fraud and white-collar crimes such as embezzlement and other occupational fraud. They also analyze complex financial transactions and estimate losses and damages. [Source:]

Forensic Accountants also provide litigation support to attorneys investigating financial wrongdoing from the view of the Plaintiff or Defendant. They provide a critical view of complex financial transactions, including books and records that have been in existence, and are relied upon by others to make decisions that could result in damages.

If your client is under criminal investigation with the IRS, the client's accountant has a conflict of interest due to the fact that they may be called as a government witness. However, a professional forensics accountant such as Sage Investigations has no conflict, and will be able to represent your client without conflict.

There is a difference between a forensic accountant and a prior IRS special agent forensic accountant.

The forensic accountant can perform financial analysis and understands accounting procedures. However, he/she has limited experience when it comes to testifying in criminal matters. Whereas, a retired IRS Special Agent, forensic accountant, understands accounting procedures, performs financial analyses more effectively and efficiently, understands the IRS procedures, can usually predict the next move of the IRS, and has extensive experience testifying in court. Sage Investigations has over 25 years IRS experience to help your client prevail.

A professional forensic accountant has experience in handling confrontational interviews.

Not all interviews are the same, therefore special skills and training is needed to handle confrontational interviews. It is only the professional forensic accountant that has these special skills and years of training and experience to handle the confrontational interview and deliver the information needed. Sage Investigations has the experience, and the training, and has delivered hundreds of these of interviews.

A professional forensic accountant has skills, knowledge, education, experience and training.

Ask for a resumé or curriculum vitae. If the forensic accountant can't produce one, you may have a clue about the quality of services that forensic accountant will provide. Please ask Sage Investigations for the curriculum vitae of anyone on their team or visit

Not all forensic accountants are discreet and professional.

You need a forensic accountant who is. A forensic accountant that
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At Sage Investigations we are dedicated to serving our clients nationally, to help them navigate the difficulties of dealing with fraud, divorce, estate and probate, the IRS Criminal Investigation, and other complex (forensic) financial fraud investigations. By narrowing our focus to our primary strength of following the money, we steer our knowledge, efforts, and experience to financial issues. We help our clients propel their cases forward by assisting in the review, acquisition, and organization of financial records, evaluating the elements of their cases, and helping create winning strategies. Through the use of our proprietary advanced financial investigative technology we trace and analyze complex financial data quickly, easily and efficiently, saving our client's time and money.
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