Oklahoma Private Investigator

In addition to the many private investigative services I offer in the Oklahoma area, I also offer litigation support for attorneys to assist with building their cases. Litigation support is often a higher level of research that determines scientific facts or tracking down certain information that is needed with the attorney’s case.

The most popular litigation support services I frequently provide in the Oklahoma City area are:

Finding a current address: This is often used to track down witnesses or in some cases defendants.

Finding historical addresses: Often used to track down where an individual has been and is useful for interviewing their past friends and neighbors in background checks.

Finding a date of birth: Useful information in some court cases.

Determining know aliases: This is helpful when connecting activities of an individual where they may have used a fake name.

Finding of confirming a social security number: This assists with identification, especially useful in identity theft cases.

Locating birth records: Birth records are useful in adoption cases, tracking genealogy, and in some cases identity theft.

Locating death records: Death records are useful in adoption cases, tracking genealogy, and in some cases identity theft.

Locating marriage records: I often have to do this with divorce cases, and in some cases probate cases.

Locating divorce records: Divorce records are often needed in background checks, probate, and child support cases.

Trash collection and investigation: Digging through the trash yields an amazing amount of information about someone.

Locating beneficiaries: This is during a probate case.

Research current or historical property holdings: I do this during divorce cases, background checks and asset searches.

Identify mortgaged property and lien holders: Divorce cases, probate and asset searches.

Determine who secured lenders are: Divorce cases, probate and asset searches.

Identify related party property transactions: Divorce cases, probate, background checks and business mergers.

Determine current market value of real property: Divorce cases, probate, asset searches, background checks, business mergers.

Locate bankruptcy filings: divorce cases, probate, asset searches, background checks, credit reports, and business mergers.

Improper relationships and infidelity: Corporate investigations, divorce cases, criminal cases, and civil cases.

Locate federal civil law suits: background checks, premarital investigations, bankruptcy cases, and divorce cases.

Investigate federal civil and criminal records: This is used during many types of cases, but mostly background checks.

Obtain mug shots from arrest records: This is often needed to confirm the identity of the person we are investigating, especially for a background check.

Provide an independent analysis: I provide this most often in computer forensic cases.

Locate state and local criminal arrest records: Most often used in background checks and premarital investigations.

Trace home and cell phone numbers: This can determine who called from a home or cell phone.

Determine corporation owners: This is useful during civil law suits and business mergers.

Locate and interview current or former executives: I do this for corporate investigations, background checks, business mergers, and civil law suits.

Retrieve and analyze corporate records: I do this for corporate investigations, background checks, business mergers, and civil law suits.

Locate and interview witnesses for a criminal or civil law suit: This is a popular service I provide on a regular basis.

Find assets: This is often needed during divorce cases, probate, background checks, and civil or criminal investigations.

Intelligence gathering: This can be done for businesses or individuals. It’s most often called surveillance.

Determine connections between parties: This can be utilized in many investigations.

Locate bank account information: I provide this on background checks, premarital investigations, civil cases and probate cases.

Research social media activity: Used in many cases like divorce cases, infidelity cases, civil and criminal cases.

Confirm previous employment history: Popular for background checks.

Locate a missing person: often referred to as skip tracing.

Conduct surveillance: useful in many cases such as infidelity, fraud, and criminal cases.

Identify Risks: This can be done for corporate investigations, home security, or financial situations.

Locate and verify professional licenses: This is useful for background checks.

Testify as an expert witness: I do this is computer forensic cases.

Act as a bodyguard: I do this during divorce cases, VPO hearings, civil and criminal cases.

Due diligence searches: This is used during many cases where one respondent is unable to be reached.

Identify Fraud: This is useful during accident cases, insurance cases, as well as civil and criminal cases.

These are just a few of the many ways I can assist an attorney with their cases. If you would like to discuss your case, please contact Joe Sullivan at 405-796-6548

Joe Sullivan is an Oklahoma Private Investigator


Social Media Endangers Some Business Owners

oklahoma city bodyguard serviceThere’s a growing trend of business owners being robbed late at night at their place of business or at their residence when they arrive home late at night. Investigations into this activity have shown many of these business owners have been profiled from business social media sites such as Manta, Google Plus, and other popular sites where business owners may list business address and their home address in some cases. Once they have been targeted for a robbery the suspects may use surveillance to learn their daily activities such as trips to the bank, time of deposits and their home address. In other instance the suspects plant GPS tracker on the business owners vehicles in order to track them. Most attacks and robberies happen in the victim’s driveway or garage when arriving home late at night. The attackers will then force the business owner to show them where the cash and valuables are stored.

What you can do to protect yourself

Don’t use your home address: When listing your business don’t use your home address. If you need to list an additional address use a post office box. This helps prevent the attackers from getting your address from a social media site.

Vary your routine: You can make it difficult to predict what you are going to do and where you are going to be by varying your routine. This means taking a different route to home and work every day, or every other day. Change up your schedule for bank deposits, arrival to work, and leaving for home.

Be aware of your surroundings: Make a note of someone you see hanging around your business or cars that always seem to be parked around your business, especially late at night. Pay attention to traffic and be on the look out for anyone following you while making a trip to the bank or on your way home. If you think you are being followed, keep driving in a well populated area and call the police.

Have your car checked for GPS devices: If see someone lurking around your vehicle or suspect a GSP device may have been planted on it, contact a private investigator or the police to have it thoroughly checked for tracking devices.

Hire a bodyguard: A bodyguard can escort you to your vehicle late at night if you don’t feel safe or there is an active threat. A bodyguard can also follow you to your residence and make sure you make it home safe.  In most cases a bodyguard agency will charge a monthly or weekly fee for this which is much less than their per hour charge. I offer bodyguard services in the Oklahoma City and Edmond area that cover situations such as this.

For more information or for a free consultation on your home and business security contact Joe Sullivan: 405-496-6548

Background and Foreground Investigations

Private Investigations in Oklahoma City

background checks in Oklahoma CityThere are two type of investigations I frequently perform for pre-employment, pre-marital, and infidelity investigations, and those are a foreground check and a background check. These two types of investigations can provide a complete picture of an individual, their habits, and any past legal or related issues.

The Foreground Check

A foreground check is information gathered from readily available sources that gives insight into the character of a person. This may include posts and pictures made on social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. This could also include posts made online in other forums. Another type of check is a trash check. Private investigators in Oklahoma City area allowed to collect trash for investigation when it is put out for pickup. A persons trash can provide clues such as how much they drink, smoke, health issues, and in some cases financial and legal issues.

The Background Check

A background check includes more detailed information into a person past such as criminal records, law suits, divorces, financial problems, and assets. This information is acquired through research with courts, law enforcement agencies and county assessors. In some cases we can go as far as interviewing former employers, neighbors, and relatives to establish a persons character.

How to hire a private investigator in Oklahoma City

When the time comes and you are ready to proceed with a foreground or background investigation you can read our blog about private investigations in Oklahoma City. Or you can contact Joe Sullivan at 405-796-6548.

Infidelity – Some Advice From An Oklahoma City Private Investigator

Infidelity Investigations

Infidelity causes a lot of emotions; anxiety, fear, anger, rage, and depression. Infidelity has a lot of tell tale signs such as:

Emotional Distance:
They suddenly aren’t as affectionate, or seem apathetic and indifferent about their marriage.

Physical Distance:
They start sitting further away from you or may start sleeping more towards the edge of the bed. If they were likely to hold hands or have their arm around you while out in public, this might suddenly stop. This is a response that a cheater has to start distancing themselves from the marriage.

Changes in Schedule:
Their schedule starts to change – they might start going into work earlier or working later. If this happens with their work schedule you might start keeping track of the milage on their vehicle and compare it to the distance they travel to work. This might gives some clues that they might be going elsewhere before or after work.

A sudden interest in their appearance
They might start buying new clothes or get a gym membership and start working out. Another indication is that they suddenly start chewing a lot of gum or breath mints.

Changes with their cell phone
They might put a passcode on their phone or start keeping it put away out of view. Another sign is that they start texting more, clearing out histories and start making excuses to make short trips to places like the gas station or the grocery store. The reality is that they are making phone calls to the person they are having an affair with.

Unexplained doctors appointments or medications
Cheaters aren’t very smart and in some cases they might contract a sexually transmitted disease. The clues to this are bills to the doctors office or prescriptions they are hiding from you.

Know the verbal clues and the language they use:

Sure, sometimes ‘left’ is the only word you can use in a situation, but there’s some kind of drama involved when they use it in place of another word that will do (think: “I left the work at six” vs. “I went home at six”)

The big thing to look out for is when they say “never” when “no” will do. It’s a sign he’s overcompensating. For example, if you ask, “Did you just check out that person?” and they say, “Never!”

Like never, it depends on how they use it. If they put “that” in front of a noun, like “that woman” or “that man,” it’s a subconscious attempt for him to distance himself from the word. This is a common trick of manipulators.

If they skip “no” and goes straight to “I would never do something like that!” when talking about a past event, be wary. For example, “Are you still talking to your ex?” “I would never do that to you!” “Would never” suggests that they plan to do it in the future.

“By the way…”
Liars use phrases like this to try to minimize what they say next-but usually it’s what’s most important to the story. Pay extra attention to what they say afterward.

Liars usually try to downplay what they say with this word, so pay attention when they say something like, “I know this is going to sound strange, but…” or “I know you think I’m lying, but…”

“Why would I do that?”
It’s a favorite stalling line of liars, so they can buy a little time to work out what to say next. These phrases also fit the bill: “What kind of person do you think I am?”, “Are you calling me a liar?”, and “I knew this was going to happen to me!”

What can you do?

If you think your spouse is cheating, then give them room. As the saying goes, give them enough rope to hang themselves. Let them have their night on the town with the boys or girls and then call a us to place them under surveillance. We can get the proof you need to determine if they are having an affair. If they want to cheat, there’s nothing you can do to stop a cheater – they will find a way. You either trust your spouse or you don’t, and that’s not about them, it’s about you.

If you suspect your spouse is having and affair, visit our website to contact us: Oklahoma City Private Investigator