Follow The Green Inc is financial based investigative firm dedicated to providing individuals, investigators, law firms, financial institutions and decision makers with comprehensive financial investigation services which include the following:
Tax Preparation & Planning
Effective tax preparation and planning can help you to minimize your future tax liability. We can help you proactively manage both your personal and your business tax issues, including understanding how upcoming business opportunities impact your tax status and vice versa. Not all tax planning opportunities are readily apparent. By having us on your team, you are more likely to benefit from those opportunities. We understand how the latest federal, state and local tax legislation and other developments affect you and your business and we are constantly identifying new ways to reduce federal, state or local tax liabilities.
An IRS audit can be an intimidating and complex process. If you or your business face an IRS audit, we can bring to bear years of experience in dealing with tax matters and IRS audit procedures to ensure that you are properly represented when dealing with the IRS and other tax authorities.
When a business is able to undertake strong financial analysis, it opens up new opportunities to improve management, planning and decision making. Financial analysis provides the numbers to support, reject or contemplate a course of action. Prospective analysis can show how situations may evolve under various scenarios, providing a new dimension to decision making. We are ready to provide this type of financial analysis to support the continue prosperity of your business.
Private Investigators are called upon to conduct an asset investigation for a variety of reasons including ongoing litigation, divorce matters; leverage during the course of negotiations or to see if a case is worth filing. More often than not, private investigators do not have the legal authority to access information such as bank accounts or investment accounts and must use alternative (and often creative) means to identify assets.
There are variety of methods and sources that an investigator can utilize to conduct a comprehensive asset investigation to legally uncover asset information through open sources and public records.
We will delve into the details and methodology behind conducting a detailed asset investigation, why you may need an asset investigation, some traditional places to find assets (real property, boats, planes), as well as the non-traditional (the garbage?) and some of the ways to find hidden assets.
Below are 5 not-so-obvious areas that an asset search can identify records through open source records:
(1) Real Property
You may be thinking that real property is pretty obvious, considering that for most people it is the most significant asset held in their lifetime. But identifying the ownership and true net worth (including outstanding loan obligations) of real property may not be so easy. Assets may not be held in the individual’s name – they may be held by a close associate, family trust, family member or shell company. Real property assets may also be held overseas. One of the best ways to locate any hidden property assets is through investigator interviews with former colleagues, associates or neighbors.
(2) Shell Companies
Identifying corporate affiliations through secretary of state filings and other research is an important step in identifying assets held by affiliated companies which may not be held by the subject directly. Assets are often transferred into shell companies to hide them under a corporate umbrella.
(3) UCC Filings
UCC filings, which are filed with a designated state government agency, are financing agreements between a corporation and a financial institution and typically require an individual or corporation to post some type of collateral in order for the bank to accept the loan. A review of the UCC filings can identify collateral such as merchandise and equipment, and in certain instances individuals or corporations will use rare art collections, vintage cars or valuable jewelry as collateral.
(4) Civil Litigation
A review of court filings relating to civil litigation involving a corporation or individual may not be the most obvious place to identify potential assets. However, in certain situations an individual or company may have been awarded a large financial settlement as part of the litigation. In other situations, parties may have had to supply financial statements or asset information as part of the litigation and that information will be preserved in the public record. Litigation can also develop a web of professionals, such as attorneys or accountants, who the subject could have utilized to hide assets.
(5) Divorce Filings
Divorce records are not public records in every jurisdiction (e.g. New York), but in many of the most populated states (e.g. Illinois, Connecticut, Florida and California); divorce records are available to the public. Identification of assets is a typical part of the divorce proceedings and publicly-available documents may contain a wealth of information relating to bank accounts, employment information, investment income and other sources of income.
Forensic accountants often have experience in serving as an expert witness. When explaining complex financial analyses to the trier of fact, it is imperative that your expert witness is skilled at clearly and accurately explaining the details in a manner that can be easily understood. Expert witnesses also must be objective and utilize generally accepted accounting. They normally are used as experts in Accounting related matters that are necessary in support of business or family law litigation matters. What makes Forensic accountants different is that they are experienced in using multiple methodologies in arriving at conclusions.
If you have been the victim of fraud or a financial crime, a forensic accounting investigation can find the criminals responsible and can halt further loss. Forensic accounting, also known as financial investigation, uses intelligence-gathering techniques, accounting, business, and communication skills to provide information and evidence that can be used by attorneys involved in criminal and civil investigations.
Forensic accounting services can include:
- Searching for hidden assets
- Calculating lost wages
- Tracing misappropriated funds
- Performing fraud investigations
Financial investigations can help uncover tax evasion, public corruption, health care fraud, telemarketing fraud, terrorist financing, and other illegal activity that costs all taxpayers money.
At its simplest, a financial investigation tries to determine where money comes from, how it moves, and how it is used. Also known as forensic accounting, this type of investigation is often crucial when dealing with corporate investigations, theft, embezzlement, money laundering, tax evasion, asset investigations, criminal, and many other types of investigations
Depending on the specific case, private investigators may spend time in the recovery of financial data, especially of hidden or deleted financial documents. In many cases, this type of investigation means searching through and analyzing many kinds of documents, from bank account records and spending records to receipts, bank account information, real estate files, motor vehicle records, and even computer files. With your permission, investigators may utilize computer forensics to dig deeper for any activity on your computer that may be relevant and useful. Investigators analyze all documents that show the paper trail of events involving money with the primary objective of documenting the movement of money.
If you think that you have been the victim of fraud, identity theft, or other forms of theft, a financial investigation can help you find out for sure and in some cases can help you recover your money. In many cases, financial investigations recover assets and bank accounts as well as provide proof for legal action. Financial investigations are commonly utilized in the following situations.
Civil & Criminal Investigations
The areas in which we can help you with civil and criminal investigations include:
- · Criminal Investigations
Financial crimes, property crimes, fraud (including insurance), criminal employee misconduct, intellectual property crimes, witness and victim interviews, strategy development, trial preparation and surveillance. We conduct investigations for clients who may be suspects, witnesses or targets before federal and state grand juries at every stage of a criminal proceeding, from investigation to indictment, through trial, appellate and post-conviction.
- Civil Investigations
Personal injury, accidents, employee fraud, internal misconduct, missing persons, non-criminal insurance fraud, probate issues and surveillance. If you’re going to be involved in a civil court case of any kind, you and/or your attorney need a seasoned civil investigator with extensive resources. Simply put, all else held constant, being better prepared than the other side and making the case solid is the number one determinant of the outcome of a law suit.
Due Diligence Investigation
Our due diligence investigation services are designed to assess the background and reputation of a potential business partner(s) or key player(s) in a venture before entering into a substantial financial relationship.
We assist venture capital firms, private equity firms, investment banks, wealthy individual investors and financial institutions understand the risks before entering into a joint venture, merger, acquisition or a significant financial or investment transaction.
We utilize ethical and lawful information-gathering methods, using technological sources, open-source and proprietary databases and information developed through human intelligence to develop information on the reputations of individuals and companies to protect our client’s interests.