News this morning of a Federal Trade Commission civil fraud case against four “cancer” charities in Tennessee is a good time to highlight a wonderful investigative tool out there that we have been using for years.charity non profit investigation1.jpg

Based on the fact that they get tax exemptions, charities have to make their tax returns public. Tax

We recently came across this news article about the business of selling citizenship and passports in the Caribbean, particularly in St. Kitts and Nevis.  Increasingly, in several island states, people are able to buy pasPassport Image.jpgsports simply by investing large amounts of money in those islands.  Most of these passports don’t reflect the holder’s place

While clients who ought to know better frequently ask us to get banking and cell phone records, a request for a medical record is far more rare.facebook medical records.jpg

All three are illegal for us to obtain without a court order by federal statute in nearly any circumstance, as we’ve written about many times on the privacy

According to several news reports, Walter Reinhardt of North Carolina, pled guilty to 40 charges of securities fraud, common law forgery and common law uttering in North Carolina yesterday.  From 2005 to 2009, Reinhardt solicited fraudulent investments for businesses he claimed were owned by someone in Richmond, Virginia.  He targeted teachers and sweet talked

Grandchildren of the late Judge Leander Perez, a segregationist political boss who ruled Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana from the twenties until his death in 1968, recently filed a so-called “legacy lawsuit” against several large oil companies for allegedly polluting land on which the family held mineral rights.  The glaring problem with the plaintiffs’ case is that

According to KRQE news in Albuquerque, New Mexico, landscaper Gary Mares was busted for fraud once again.  This time, he solicited landscaping work on Craigslist, collected large sums of money for the jobs upfront, and then never performed the work.  Previously, he was working as a landscaping subcontractor for a legitimate company, Milligan Scapes.  According