We pretty regularly find ourselves blogging about small business owners that draw people into scams.  We’ve seen the would-be movie executive, the sweet-talking investment solicitor, the landscaper and the produce company owner. Too often, we find that defrauded consumers and investors could have avoided their losses by doing some basic due diligence. 

We have been asked in recent months to look at an uncommonly large number of expert witnesses, both for clients thinking of hiring experts and by people checking out the other side’s experts.expert witness due diligence.jpg

What an eye-opener. Nearly half of these people turned out to have something in their backgrounds that would give someone pause before

The story of the “nightmare nanny” who has refused to leave her employer’s home has been making waves all over the news.  You’ve probably seen it by now— using Craigslist, Marcella and Ralph Bracamonte hired Diane Stretton as a nanny for their three children in exchange for room and board in their home.  eviction image.jpgThe couple

“TelexFree is already creating MILLIONAIRES and now is YOUR turn.”  So read the now defunct website of TelexFree Inc., which U.S. officials ordered to be taken down earlier this month.  Massachusetts company TelexFree Inc. held itself out as a low-cost internet telephone company.  In reality, its founders were allegedly running a billion dollar global

The Wall Street Journal published an article this week about corporate acquirers demanding protections in mergers against undiscovered criminal acts.  It got us thinking about some of the investigations we do during due diligence, and how a relatively inexpensive investigation can ultimately save corporations millions of dollars down the road.

In an increasing number of

Plenty of news outlets are tracking hour by hour the efforts of Edward Snowden, the man who leaked highly confidential government documents obtained using top-secret security clearance, to find asylum from criminal charges in the U.S.

We do note, however, that there is an investigation into the firm that conducted the background check on Snowden