Author Archive for Brian Scott

How to collect after judgment: Part 2

At some point my client and his wife realized that the money given to the decorator was not being used for its intended purpose — furniture, accessories, etc.

Post judgment recovery: How to collect?

This column is the first of a two-part column on how to collect on a judgment you have obtained from the courts. Look for the conclusion in the next issue.

Luck helps in missing persons cases

Missing person cases are seemingly a common assignment for P.I.’s, but truthfully, they’re not. In fact, I’d be surprised if half of the P.I.’s even knew where to start, unless they had law-enforcement training, particularly with the F.B.I.

Sometimes we can’t help even though we want to

It’s been more than 15 years since the divorce from my wife, Lynn. She was also a licensed P.I. and held an especially unique talent when operating in an undercover capacity.

Sometimes you work for bad guys

Sometimes being a spy means you have to work for the bad guys, the wise guys and even the murderers. Donald Leroy Evans was a murderer, but not just any ordinary murderer — he was a serial killer, perhaps self-proclaimed, but nevertheless. The FBI couldn’t figure it out one-way or another, so in the book, […]

Ounce of prevention worth pound of cure

The spy or private investigator profession constantly challenges us with new case objectives that carry no protocol or standard operating procedure (S.O.P.) for achieving its success. Over the years, I have had my fair share of cases where the circumstances were far from routine and in order to satisfy my client, a great deal of […]

Exaggerating on claims crosses moral boundaries

Most private investigators, at one time or another, have investigated fraudulent workers compensation claims and in fact, many train on that type of work, as these claims always seem to be in good supply. Much of my earlier experience involved insurance claims and my biggest client in my early days was a large insurance defense […]

When an accident is an accident

In a previous column, I wrote about fake and fraudulent claims that people make against insurance carriers; those that we usually uncover during an investigation. A red flag usually pops up sometime during the adjuster’s examination and then we get the call.  In this case, where the claim amount is in the millions of dollars, […]

Exaggerating insurance claims is not worth it

Most private investigators, at one time or another, have investigated fraudulent workers compensation claims and in fact, many train on that type of work, as these claims always seem to be in good supply. Much of my earlier experience involved insurance claims and my biggest client in my early days was a large insurance defense […]

Sometimes proving murder is not enough

After receiving a call from my client, Mitch, a prominent defense attorney, I jumped in my car and drove over to his office. Waiting there were two men, a retired New York Police Department detective and his son, Daniel, a 25-year-old Emergency Medical Technician. Mitch had mentioned that it was a murder case, but failed […]