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|Posted on September 29, 2011 at 1:57 AM||comments (170)|
An Albuquerque, NM law firm needed skip tracing help in order to find heirs who were owed money damages for the wrongful death of their mother in a car accident. The heirs were minors at the time their mom died, and after her death they were split up to live with relatives, but no one knew where.
As is often the case in motor vehicle accident investigations, police were happy to close the case by blaming an inebriated driver who flipped the car, without looking any further as to contributing factors in the accident. EMRA, Inc. accident investigators were hired shortly after the accident to find all of the relevant causes, and it was found that an unlighted roadway under construction, with an unmarked gravel pile in the middle of a travel lane, presented an unreasonable hazard, and both the general contractor and their traffic signing and marking sub-contractor were to blame.
By the time the case was well into litigation, the heirs to the deceased woman's estate had vanished, and EMRA, Inc. investigators were asked to locate them.
The job required creativity and dedication. With nothing more than family names and some former addresses to work from, family trees were followed down, relatives twice and three times removed were located, and one after another was interviewed, Leads to other relatives were developed and followed up - covering ground from Texas to Montana and Oregon to Virginia - and eventually the heirs were found in three different states. Even the "black sheep" of the family was found, living on the fringes of society with no steady means of support, sleeping on a friend's couch.
The case was successfully concluded and the heirs, who'd had no idea they would ever be compensated for the loss of their mother, were able to pursue higher education, enter business, and generally thrive. This was truly skip tracing for a good cause.
|Posted on September 27, 2011 at 6:23 PM||comments (231)|
A passenger was riding in a small car when the driver of her car tried to pass a slow-moving tractor trailer rig. As a result, she sustained horrible injuries in a head-on crash with an oncoming pickup truck. Police blamed the driver of the small car for crossing the unmarked center line of the street. The passenger hired a lawyer who collected the policy limits from the driver's insurance, which was wholly inadequate to cover the passenger's damages, and the lawyer declared he had done all he could.
Unsatisfied, the passenger hired a new lawyer, and the new lawyer asked EMRA, Inc. accident investigators to find out whether there were other defendants or other sources of insurance, by whom the injured passenger might be made whole.
A diligent investigation of all factors involved in the accident uncovered a number of important facts. First, the road where the accident occurred was never properly marked for traffic, nor was it ever developed to the required width. Further, the persons responsible to have properly constructed and marked the road were the builders of an adjacent development, their grading and paving contractors, and their traffic marking contractors. Public Works records reflected the legal requirement for the developers to finish the road prior to allowing traffic on it.
In addition, the police had used an incorrect standard to blame only the driver of the small car, holding the driver of the pickup truck blameless. State law required both vehicles to stay right of center on an unmarked road, and although the small car had been engaged in a passing maneuver at the time of the wreck, it turns out the pickup truck was ALSO left of center in its own direction. The collision was right ON the unmarked center of the road.
When EMRA, Inc. investigators were done, twelve additional potential defendants were identified, suit was filed, and though six defendants were found free of fault, insurance for seven of the thirteen defendants - including the driver of the truck - ultimately contributed to fully compensating the injured passenger.
Justice is served when no stone is left unturned.
|Posted on September 27, 2011 at 5:39 PM||comments (135)|
It's never a very good sign when a prospective tenant is in too great a hurry to get moved into your rental property.
A couple from the midwest applied to rent a home in the southwest, representing that the husband had just been promoted to run a sales territory covering the southern half of the state, and that his employer was paying for his move and for the lease on the home. They were in a burning hurry to move in.
EMRA, Inc. investigators were asked to do a background security investigation on the couple.
EMRA Inc's background security investigation revealed a number of potential problems, including judgments for small bad debts, the fact that their midwest home was in foreclosure, and in spite of their supposed strong earning power, they had a two-year-old bankruptcy. Nonetheless, the prospects had emailed an image of a check they had in hand from the employer, made out to the property manager, to pay the desposit and first and last month of the lease, and they "seemed like a really nice couple."
EMRA Inc inquired if the property manager had spoken directly to the employer issuing the lease check, and they had not. Therefore, a copy of the check image was requested, and this was emailed to EMRA. A number of problems were immediately apparent. First, there was a bank name but no state/bank shorthand in the upper right corner of the check. Second, the street name in the company name and address on the check was not capitalized. And last, there were no routing or account numbers visible along the bottom of the check, as this part of the check was covered up in the image. It appeared at a glance that the "check" was a forgery and that the prospective tenants were being dishonest. EMRA Inc requested a new check image with nothing covering it and, sure enough, there were no routing or account numbers.
In the interest of a thorough background investigation, more research was done. It turned out that the address on the check was not a valid business address for ANY office of the employer. Working backwards from that address, and from the name of the bank on which the check was supposed to have been drawn, Emra, Inc. investigators were actually able to identify the name and bank of the payroll company used by the prospect's claimed employer. The check was a complete fake, of course, but this information clarified why this particular address and bank name had been selected. The prospect had received such checks in the past, because they used to work for the claimed employer, and had gotten payroll checks from them. It never occurred to them that things like employee housing would be paid from an expense account rather than a payroll account, and that payroll was paid by a separate company. So they tried to forge a check from the payroll company rather than from the employer proper, and did a pretty miserable job of that.
Had the property manager trusted and accepted these tenants, and had they not done a background security investigation, it could have taken months to evict them, and no money would ever have been received on the rental.
|Posted on September 27, 2011 at 5:33 PM||comments (110)|
A man is injured in a late-night intersection collision so violent that he is ejected from the vehicle in which he is riding as a passenger, and thrown into a nearby decorative boulder, resulting in severe head and facial injuries.
The driver of the vehicle which ran a stop sign and caused the accident was fleeing police.
No witnesses are listed on the police report. Interviews of nearby residents by EMRA, Inc. personnel reveal that no police sirens were heard until after the loud boom of the accident. Interestingly, a dog who lives nearby and always reacts to sirens, gave no sign of hearing anything until after the collision.
The attorney representing the injured passenger proceeds to litigation, and dispatch recordings of the police chase reveal that no siren is activated until after the pursuing officer reports over the radio that a collision has occurred. The police department settles with the injured man to the full extent of their statutory liability after discovery is concluded.