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Investigator and Fraud Fighter Guidebook: Operation War Stories

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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.


Preface

Acknowledgments

Chapter 1 The Successful Investigator

The Basics

Investigator

If You Have The Pig, You Have It Made

Investigation

Success

Chapter 2 The Case Initiation

Juristiction, Venue, And Purview

Believable, Reliable, Or Credible Source Of Information

Dollar Loss

Seriousness/Harm

Case Load

Resources

Funding/Finances

Investigators’ Desire

Investigative Priorities

Projected Remedy

Prosecutor’s Perogative

Media Or Public Interest

Political Interests

Chapter 3 Conducting Thorough Investigations

Questions To Answer

Seven Questions - The Five Ws And Two Hs

Before, During, And After

Chapter 4 Expanding Investigative Efforts

Comparisons

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Resources

Seven Questions: The Five Ws And Two Hs Plus “Else”

Currently, Previously, Or In The Future

Thinking Like Others

Three Investigative Exploration Approaches

Follow The Same Blueprint

Chapter 5 Fraud, Waste, Abuse, and Systemic Weaknesses

Examples Of Suggestions For Improvement

Chapter 6 Summary Reports

Types Of Investigative Reports

Official Files And Working Files

Other Reports

Preparing To Write

Length Of Reports

Attachments And Exhibits To Reports

Reports Should Stand Alone

Report Formats

Common Report Writing Mistakes

Chapter 7 The Investigator’s Toolbox: Resources, Tools, and Techniques

Investigative Resources

Organizations

Other Professionals

Public Records

Investigative Tools And Techniques

Search Warrants

Subpoenas

Interceptions And Tracking Devices

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Mail Covers

Trash Covers

Undercovers

Photogrpahy, Video, And Audio Recordings

Laboratory Analysis

Informants

Polygraphs And Deception Detectors

Analysis And Audits

Other Case Files And Police Reports

Ask

Chapter 8 Interviewing

Interviews And Interrogation

Rapport

Listen And Then Talk

Note Taking

Corroboration

Word Choice

Planning

Body Language

Props

Finish The Job

Empathy

Statement Analysis

Pronouns

Partial Truths Equal Deception

Specifity

Minimizing

Can’t Recall

Think Plural

Interview Notes

Interview Room Skteches And Photographs

Chapter 9 Case Planning

Plans Change

Murphy’s Law

Private Investigations

Administrative Responsibilties

Case Files

Electronic Case Folder

Working File

Official File

The Investigative Plan

In Summary

Juggling A Case Load And Time Management

Time Management

Chapter 10 Large Scale Investigations

Communication

Planning

The Interview Log

Re: Strategy

The Final Summary Report

Attachments And Exhibits

Post Draft Report

Report Distribution

Investigative Notes And Evidence

Chapter 11 Making Presentations

Grahics, Charts, Visual Aids, Photos And Videos

Investigator’s Appearance And Voice

A Copy For The Prosecutor

Presentations To Supervisors

Indictments, Convictions, And Dollar Recoveries

Chapter 12 Providing Testimony

Dealing With The Opposing Counsel

Visual Aids In Court

Make Sure You Understand The Question

Chapter 13 Closing the Case

Old Case Files

Evidence

Recommendations For Improvement

Suspensions, Debarment, And Improvement Plans

Chapter 14 Personal and Professional Growth

Training

Networking

Physical Fitness

Morale

Insurance And Representation

Preparing For The Future

Teddy Roosevelt

Conclusion

Appendix

Samples of Case Presentation Visual Aids

About the Author

Index