Find a private investigator near Utica, NY

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6. Wessel Forensic Accounting
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Offers remote services
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  • Serves Utica, NY
Forensic Accounting/Fraud Investigation/Business Consultation/Internal Auditing Most of the services detailed below can be performed remotely. 1) Fraud Investigation - I am a Certified Fraud Examiner and have experience in many different industries, including family law. I investigate financial fraud for businesses and some individuals. I provide income/asset valuation and search services for family law/probate cases. I can provide asset searches if you have a legitimately obtained SSN and a valid reason for the search (divorce, fraud investigation). I cannot provide financial account statements - you need an attorney and a subpoena to do that. I also don't provide background checks, business valuation, or surveillance services. I help businesses set up well-controlled accounting procedures that will prevent (or quickly detect) errors, fraud, and embezzlement. I can also coach business owners/managers through an initial fraud investigation if they suspect that they are being embezzled by an employee. I can help them decide whether to contact law enforcement, file civil charges, terminate the employee, and/or improve their procedures to prevent future embezzlement and theft. 2) Business Consulting - As a fraud investigator I have a lot of experience with messy accounting records. I am a problem-solver and frequently hired to dig into an accounting system to solve (accounting) issues that are causing problems or confusion for the business. If your accounting is a mess and needs to be cleaned up, I can help with that. I help businesses set up well-controlled accounting procedures that will prevent (or quickly detect) errors, fraud, and embezzlement. I can also coach business owners/managers through an initial fraud investigation if they suspect that they are being embezzled by an employee. I can help them decide whether to contact law enforcement, file civil charges, terminate the employee, and/or improve their procedures to prevent future embezzlement and theft. 3) Internal Auditing - I am a former Certified Internal Auditor for a large corporation. I provide outsourced internal audit services to businesses of all sizes who want/need to verify policy/procedure compliance or evaluate their internal control system. 4) I provide accounting system set-up services and accounting-related problem-solving.See more

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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

What does a private investigator do?

First and foremost, good private investigators follow laws. Unlike on TV, they don’t break in windows or hack into hospital computer systems to get you intel. When you hire a private investigator, you’re hiring a professional to gather facts and find information for you. Although they can’t obtain certain information (such as health records), they do have access to information that most civilians do not. Often private investigators are hired to perform surveillance or background checks or investigate cases such as adultery, child custody, missing persons, hidden assets, or debugging, and theft or other crimes.

Private investigators can be hired to interview people and provide that information to the client, perform photo or video surveillance, monitor activity at a location where you suspect criminal activities or questionable behavior, track a person’s movements, find missing people, do deep-dive background checks, and more. Private investigation can be helpful if you’re trying to get a court order but need evidence. Private investigators can also help find birth parents. Nationally, the average price range for private investigation is $70-$210 per hour.

What does a private investigator cost?

Private investigation isn’t just for blockbuster action movies. Hiring a private investigator can help in all kinds of situations ranging from finding a birth parent to improving personal security. Nationally, the average price range for private investigation is $70-$210, although pricing often hovers between $40 and $100 depending on the complexity of the services you need. Where you live in the country will affect your costs for private investigation; larger cities have higher business overhead and a higher cost of living, which in turn means higher service rates. The complexity of your case can also affect cost. A basic background check may have a flat rate, while hiring a private investigator to help with your child custody case may require more legwork and research, and therefore cost more. Some private investigators work on retainer. A retainer is essentially a nonrefundable deposit you pay to the professional — meaning you have retained their services — who then works against that amount. Here are some examples of average private investigation costs:

  • Hourly rate: $60-$70; costs can vary based on current fuel prices.
  • Flat rate: $100 for comprehensive background investigation services.
  • Retainer: $1,500 minimum retainer required by some pros before starting work.

Why do people hire private investigators?

Not sure if you should hire a private investigator (PI) for your situation? Here are some common reasons why people hire PIs:

  • To perform background checks
  • To conduct surveillance
  • To investigate and confirm infidelity 
  • To locate assets
  • To gather evidence for trials
  • And more

To find out if hiring a private investigator is the right route to take, contact a few local PIs. Ask them about the services they offer (and how much they charge).

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