Conducting an internal investigation can be a difficult task. An investigation into employee wrongdoing can be costly, disruptive, and time consuming, and can also lead to a variety of legal problems and other unexpected complications if it is not conducted with the utmost care and confidentiality. However, a well-run internal investigation can enhance a company’s overall well-being and can help detect the source of lost funds, identify responsible parties, and recover losses. It can also provide a defense to legal charges by terminated or disgruntled employees. Perhaps most importantly, an internal investigation will signal to other employees that the company will not tolerate fraud.
Internal investigations aim to uncover the truth about alleged misconduct within the company or organization. But a good internal investigation must do so without compromising the relationship with innocent employees or unnecessarily damaging anyone’s reputation. That calls for a comprehensive and structured plan that is objective driven, consistently executed, fact finding, analytical, sensitive, and versed in the legalities involved.
Typical elements of an internal investigation include collection and examination of written or recorded evidence, interviews with suspects and witnesses, and computer and network forensics. It may also require consultation with managers, human resources and legal personnel, and potentially law enforcement. The exact players and actions will only be those dictated as necessary by the particular case at hand.
McCabe Associates has extensive experience in performing internal private investigations, regardless of the industry. Our investigative cross-disciplinary team is comprised of experienced senior investigators from previous careers as in law enforcement, corporate asset protection, business managers, and finance managers.
McCabe Associates investigators will provide you with the professional services of on-the-scene investigation, collection of evidence, interviewing, obtaining statements, photographs and video, surveillance, research, analysis, computer forensics, forensic accounting, risk assessment, and the preparation of reports that are thorough and accurate for administrative and/or legal proceedings.