July 2018
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We are grateful to have the opportunity to provide you with this valuable information via our monthly e-newsletter and our unparalleled forensic accounting and fraud investigative services.

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 talk about divorce tracing for community and separate property.

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 Thebeacon@sageinvestigations.com
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Edmond J. Martin
Principal, Chief Investigator
Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)
Texas Certified Investigator (TCI)
Divorce Tracing for Community and Separate Property

The combination of old-school investigative techniques (forensic accounting) and data mining expertise may help to build a viable investigative business model. It is widely known that the Silent Generation and the Baby Boomer Generation hold the majority of the wealth in the United States. When those generations pass on, the next generation of individuals (Generation X and Millennials) and the Internal Revenue Service are waiting to get their share of the inheritance.

Edmond Martin, CFE, TCI, a licensed Texas Private Investigator (PI) and Forensic Accountant and Jason Slick, PI, CFE, mathematician and computer scientist, have associated to build a financial investigative technology that aids clients in divorce tracing, income tax, estate, and other complex financial matters. Through Sage Investigations, LLC this investigative model has a national reach.

For PIs the normal business model requires the PI to spend days in their vehicles, recording notes of observation, taking still photos and video of a subject cheating on his / her spouse or observing the custodian of a child in a child custody matter and reporting the activities to an attorney for the client. The new model of Forensic Accounting (FA Model) goes beyond the PI model with the creation of DIO, short for Diogenes (The Greek philosopher, who with his lantern in Athens, Greece searched for an honest man). DIO is a financial investigative database program that analyzes big data, consisting of bank account and brokerage account transactions, credit cards, points of sale registers, and other financial data. DIO with the use of algorithms examines and reports on separate vs. community property by tracing funds within and between accounts to arrive at the proper balances in the financial assets of the client. It can be valuable to the plaintiff or the defendant. DIO goes beyond the standard accounting software and is even more robust than the system used by the IRS today. DIO traces financial transactions between bank and brokerage accounts and categorizes each transaction. When funds are transferred between accounts they maintain their proper categorization attributable to the separate and community property rules. It also traces other assets purchased from the bank or brokerage accounts for use in the final summary for the settlement computation.

For potential clients with substantial wealth seeking a divorce, it is important to have a... Read More
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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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