Investigator and Fraud Fighter Guidebook: Operation War Stories

Investigator and Fraud Fighter Guidebook: Operation War Stories

By: Charles E. Piper (author)Hardback

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Get federal investigative insight and guidance on conducting thorough investigations and case-building The ability to conduct thorough and effective investigations is a skill that has become increasingly in-demand across many industries. At the same time, investigative resources are dwindling as markets recede. Regulation and financial hurdles impede traditional investigation processes. Even seasoned professionals are finding themselves overtasked or lacking the experience to pursue the types of cases that are accumulating. In Investigator and Fraud Fighter Guidebook: Operation War Stories, author Charles E. Piper, CFE provides insight and guidance on how to conduct thorough and complete investigations while juggling a caseload. Piper served over 30 years in law enforcement-including 20 as an award-winning Federal Special Agent-Criminal Investigator. His wide array of experience allows him to lend a high-level perspective to the art and science of professional investigations of criminal, civil, and administrative cases. In the book, Piper provides guidance on conducting thorough and complete investigations (even with fewer resources) and spotting red flags that often indicate big-picture problems. Piper also shows how to: * Identify the suspect's other wrongful acts (similar and otherwise) * Identify similar wrongful acts committed by others, and predict future occurrences * Identify systemic weaknesses, waste, and abuse * Identify changes and corrections necessary to prevent future occurrences The book includes Piper's real-life investigative examples to illustrate important concepts. Whether the matter is public, private, or military, the same basic investigative principles apply. Things that may seem totally unrelated may hold the keys that crack the cases. The Investigator and Fraud Fighter Guidebook: Operation War Stories provides the acumen and judgment required to pick up on these clues and successfully conclude investigations.

About Author

CHARLES E. PIPER, CFE, CRT is the owner of Charles Piper s Professional Services located in West Tennessee. He s had a distinguished 30-year career in law enforcement including 20 years as a Special Agent-Criminal Investigator with the Department of Defense (DoD) where he received numerous awards and recognition. Piper has provided training to law enforcement officers, investigators, fraud fighters, businesses, and others. He s also written feature anti-fraud and investigative articles for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners Fraud Magazine. Currently serving as a private investigator, consultant, and trainer, Piper also enjoys helping others fight against fraud while sharing his personal and unique investigative war stories.


Preface xiii Acknowledgments xix 1. The Successful Investigator 1 The Basics 3 Investigators 3 If You Have the PIG, You Have It Made 4 Investigation 9 Success 10 2. Case Initiation 15 Jurisdiction, Venue, and Purview 17 Believable, Reliable, or Credible Source of Information 24 Dollar Loss 25 Seriousness/Harm 26 Caseload 27 Resources 28 Funding/Finances 30 Investigators Desire 32 Investigative Priorities 32 Projected Remedy 35 Prosecutor s Prerogative 36 Media or Public Interest 38 Political Interests 44 3. Conducting Thorough Investigations 49 Questions to Answer 53 Seven Questions: Five Ws and Two Hs 54 Before, During, and After 54 4. Expanding Investigative Efforts 69 Comparisons 71 NCIC 73 INTERPOL 74 Resources 74 Seven Questions: Five Ws and Two Hs Plus Else 76 Currently, Previously, or in the Future 77 Thinking Like Others 79 Three Investigative Exploration Approaches 82 Follow the Same Blueprint 84 5. Fraud, Waste, Abuse, and Systemic Weaknesses 87 Fraud 88 Waste 88 Abuse 89 Systemic Weaknesses 89 Ten Simultanous Investigations 90 Suggestions for Improvement 104 6. Summary Reports 111 Types of Investigative Reports 112 Official Files and Working Files 113 Other Reports 114 Preparing to Write 115 Length of Reports 119 Attachments and Exhibits to Reports 119 Reports Should Stand Alone 121 Report Formats 121 Common Report-Writing Mistakes 123 7. The Investigator s Toolbox: Resources, Tools, and Techniques 131 Investigative Resources 132 Investigative Tools and Techniques 146 Search Warrants 156 Subpoenas 157 Interceptions and Tracking Devices 159 NCIC 159 Mail Covers 160 Trash Covers 160 Undercover Assignments 161 Photography and Video, and Audio Recordings 164 Laboratory Analysis 167 Informants 169 Polygraphs and Deception Detectors 170 Analysis and Audits 170 Other Case Files and Police Reports 170 Ask 173 8. Interviewing 177 Interviews and Interrogation 178 Rapport 179 Listen and Then Talk 181 Note Taking 182 Corroboration 184 Word Choice 185 Planning 186 Body Language 188 Props 189 Finish the Job 193 Empathy 194 Statement Analysis 194 Think Plural 199 Interview Notes 200 Interview Room Sketches and Photographs 200 9. Case Planning 205 Plans Change 211 Murphy s Law 213 Private Investigations 214 Administrative Responsibilities 215 Case Files 216 Electronic Case Folder 216 Working File 217 Official File 217 Investigative Plan 218 Summary 220 Juggling a Caseload and Time Management 221 10. Large-Scale Investigations 227 Communication 231 Planning 233 Interview Log 233 Re: Strategy 238 Final Summary Report 241 Attachments and Exhibits 241 Postdraft Report 243 Report Distribution 243 Investigative Notes and Evidence 243 11. Making Presentations 245 Graphics, Charts, Visual Aids, Photos, and Videos 249 Investigator s Appearance and Voice 250 A Copy for the Prosecutor 251 Presentations to Supervisors 253 Indictments, Convictions, and Dollar Recoveries 256 12. Providing Testimony 263 Dealing with Opposing Counsel 265 Visual Aids in Court 269 Make Sure You Understand the Question 271 13. Closing the Case 275 Old Case Files 276 Evidence 277 Recommendations for Improvement 277 Suspensions, Debarment, and Improvement Plans 281 14. Personal and Professional Growth 283 Training 284 Networking 285 Physical Fitness 287 Morale 288 Insurance and Representation 290 Preparing for the Future 291 Teddy Roosevelt 292 Conclusion 293 Appendix Samples of Case Presentation Visual Aids 297 About the Author 305 Index 309

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781118871171
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 336
  • ID: 9781118871171
  • weight: 1
  • ISBN10: 1118871170

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