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Able Legal Investigations, Inc.

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Howard L. Eisemann
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Able Legal Investigations, Inc.

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Asset Search Investigator joins Able Legal Investigations, California Private Investigators, Team as a Certified Asset Investigation Specialist

San Diego, December 4, 2014 – Able Legal Investigations, Inc. an  international acclaimed investigations firm, did announce today that Michael Elroy has joined the firm  as an financial investigator. Elroy has more than 20 years’ experience in financial investigations, criminal and asset investigations.

Elroy was a trained criminal investigator spent 20 years working on cases in corporate investigating  specifically incidences of fraud and asset investigations.

It is anticipated that Elroy will allow his considerable experience of working with companies to recover funds to support Able Legal Investigation asset investigation  team. This included asset searches for the benefit  of companies and individuals worldwide.

Elroy stated “Able Legal Investigations  has an enviable reputation in the performance of national and international investigations. It is because the firm has contacts with local knowledge, there is  a clear  understanding of local business environments and the limitations of conducting investigations within these boundaries. This allows the investigators of Able Legal Investigations significant latitude in conducting investigative initiatives across multiple borders. Able Legal Investigations  maintains a wide asset and financial investigation presence alongside with an formidable list of specialist areas including due diligence, criminal defense investigations and surveillance investigations.”

Howard Eisemann, president of Able Legal Investigations , commented on the new appointment, “We are very pleased that Michael Elroy has agreed to join our firm; Investigation. He allows a great deal of experience experience and will provide support of the expansion of the of the regional Investigation team.”

Based in San Diego, Able Legal Investigations provides investigative services to businesses and individuals both internationally and throughout the United States.

The licensed private investigators conduct all forms of civil, criminal, financial investigations, asset searches, due diligence examinations and other investigations including personal injury, and insurance fraud  while specializing  in complex local, national and international investigations.

Howard Eisemann

Able Legal Investigations, Inc

Tel 866-392 2366

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Able Legal Investigations, San Diego Private Investigators,  launches an enhanced compliment of Due Diligence solutions

Able Legal Investigations launches an enhanced compliment of Due Diligence solutions

San Diego, December 8, 2014 – Able Legal Investigations, announced the launch of an enhanced collection of Due Diligence and Financial Investigation solutions created to provide clients with the tools to comply with new compliance needs. The new initiatives are targeted at all current and compliant- screening regulations,  and employ technology to allow clients’ solutions in a timely and effective manner.  The risks to clients necessitates enhanced solutions facilitated by the well established investigative capabilities Able Legal Investigations.


“Clients’ needs are continually changing, and Able Legal Investigations remains committed to allowing clients due diligence and financial investigation capabilities that are  able to satisfy clients requirements, both in extent and expense,” said Howard Eisemann, president of Able Legal Investgations. “Keeping clients’ requirements in perspective is facilitated by enhanced a compliment of due diligence and financial  initiatives able to address all levels of service, ranging from compliance screening solutions to complex investigative techniques of due diligence.”


Mr. Eisemann further stated that “Able Legal Investigation’s  due diligence capabilities now include asset searches, financial investigations, enhanced investigative due diligence, anti-money laundering compliance analysis and third party and vendor screening.”


Based in San Diego,  Able Legal Investigations specializes in complex local, national and international investigations and thorough, in-depth due diligence support. A licensed private investigation firm,  Able Legal Investigations  performs multi jurisdictional background investigation, financial investigation and due diligence investigation services including statewide pre-employment background checks; national comprehensive and due diligence investigations of high-level executives, board members and other fiduciaries; and national background investigations of key officers and owners of strategic partners and key vendors. For more information, visit




United States District Court Accepts Able Legal Investigations and Howard Eisemann as Criminal Defense Investigator

SAN DIEGO, November 30, 2014 -The United States District Court for Southern California, with the approval of the judicial council of the circuit, has accepted Able Legal Investigations and chief investigator Howard Eisemann as a Criminal Defense Investigator under CJA 21.


"This is a distinct honor for me and Able Legal Investigations," said Howard Eisemann CEO of Able Legal Investigations. "In this instance, I believe that the experience gained in over 400 criminal and civil case investigations has allowed us the opportunity to assist the panel attorney in defending one who is charged with a crime but financially unable to obtain necessary private investigative services."


Howard Eisemann added, "The philosophy of Able Legal Investigations with regard to criminal defense investigations is that Criminal defense investigation is not a subordinate to law enforcement criminal investigation but a highly specialized discipline within itself and therefore requires training and research suited to its own needs." Mr. Eisemann further stated, "With this in mind, Able Legal Investigations has employed a basic methodology, procedure, and investigative process devoted solely to the discipline of criminal defense investigations."


Able Legal Investigations is a California Licensed Private Investigation firm located in San Diego and Beverly Hills California. Specific agency disciplines are maintained in Criminal Defense Investigations, Asset Search Investigations, Corporate Due Diligence, and Surveillance Investigations.


Featured in Martindale Hubble and numerous other legal publications, Howard Eisemann and Able Legal Investigations enjoy an enviable reputation within the legal and business community of Southern California with regard to asset search, due diligence, criminal defense and surveilance investigations.


Howard Eisemann

Able Legal Investigations, Inc



Able Legal Investigations Announces New Beverly Hills Office Location

Investigation Firm announces additional location.

San Diego, CA, October 22, 2014 --( Able Legal Investigations, a premier investigative firm located in San Diego for the past 25 years announced an additional location located in Beverly Hills California.

Howard Eisemann, president and CEO of Able Legal Investigations, stated that the new location in the Los Angeles area allows greater flexability in servicing clients needs and permits expansion of surveillance and sub rosa investigations.

Mr. Eisemann stated that the San Diego location has allowed the Company 25 years of business success and that similar business practices will be continued in Beverly Hills.

Mr. Eisemann currently occupies the position of CEO of Able Legal Investigations while maintaining a Private Investigator License with the States of California and Colorado. Mr. Eisemann also attended Yale University as a graduate student and Western State College of Law.

Mr. Eisemann established Able Legal Investigations, Inc. in 1996 as a full service investigative firm and remains a premier investigative firm within the State of California

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Please refer to recent Blog additions which I trust will be informative to prospective Clients

Asset Search Primer by San Diego Private Investigator

There are clearly situations of a business or personal nature in which it is essential to check for the possibility of hidden assets. Knowledge of such assets can make a big difference in the establishment of grounds for particular types of interpersonal actions or the furthering of certain business relationships. And of course the law enforcement community needs to monitor underworld activities, a part of which is watching for laundered or hidden assets, especially those that might end up being removed to offshore accounts. Thus, an asset search is vital to full disclosure of resources in a variety of matters both civil and criminal. The primary reasons for an asset search in the private or family sector are evaluated below:
Entering into a New Business Venture – If one is considering investing in a new business, bringing a new investor into an existing company or contemplating a merger between companies, it is essential to conduct a thorough background check on the individual or corporation. Such a check also includes a comprehensive assets search.
Prior to Entering into a Lawsuit – It is important to conduct an assets search prior to filing suit against an individual or company to determine what assets or regular income is present in the event a judgment is ordered by the court (see below). It is not worth the cost of legal fees to file a suit against a person or company that will be unable to pay any court-ordered sum. It is also important to determine what assets or property could be attached on an uncontested basis once a judgment is issued, assuming victory in the suit. If the entity to be sued has nothing of value that can be taken, there is no point in entering into a suit.
Collecting on a Judgment – When the court order a sum of money to be paid as part of a civil action, a judgment is issued, this is simply a court order for the payment of funds. It is rare for the defendant to simply pay the amount ordered on the spot. The judicial system only orders payment, but collection is the responsibility of the plaintiff. A judgment will stand for ten years, but can be extended to become permanent. However, this requires that the defendant, who is now considered to be the debtor, be questioned in a deposition or hearing under oath regarding their financial status. If the debtor is going to surrender an item of property such as an automobile or boat, be certain to do an asset search before taking possession. If there are any liens against the property, taking possession may also bring with it liability for the lien.
Divorce – The finances involved in a divorce can often become rather complicated. It is not uncommon for a spouse to hide assets that would be open to dispute. An asset search of the party being divorced is very important to be certain that all assets are accounted for.
Child Support/Alimony – Public child support enforcement agencies are ill- equipped to locate parents who evade their child support obligations. Quite often the errant parent will attempt to hide assets, thus pleading an inability to meet child support or alimony payments. In child support cases, once the parent is located, information regarding their wages or any hidden assets should be given to the proper child support enforcement agency that can then facilitate collection.
Contestation of a Will – Quite often personal assets may be hidden and not disclosed in a will. Potential beneficiaries or those entitled to a claim against the estate should search for the possibility of hidden assets.

Investigative Primer on Fraud Identification

Fraud is defined as a type of illegal act in which the perpetrator obtains something of value through willful misrepresentation. Fraud usually occurs within the context of legitimate business transactions and is carried out in such a manner that legitimate business unwittingly conceals it. Specific indicators of fraud are generally difficult to identify; however, generic indicators or “red flags” (warning signals) are almost always present, and auditors must rely on understanding of how fraud is committed to successfully recognize these indicators. Both transactions that may be fraudulent and circumstances that may appear legitimate must be viewed through a lens of auditor skepticism.
The potential for committing fraud is greater when one or more of the following three elements exist: perceived need, opportunity, and rationalization. The motivation for most fraud is financial in nature and is fueled by the perceived needs or desires of the individual committing the fraud. The opportunity to commit fraud must exist, and weak internal controls provide such an environment. Individuals responsible for fraud rationalize their fraud: “The government is so big that what I take will never be missed.” or “They owe me.” Therefore, when conducting audits, the auditor should be on the watch for these elements as he/she looks for indicators of fraud based on a set of signs, signals, and patterns, which may be encountered during the audit.
Examples of these signs, signals, and patterns include the following:
Weak management. Failure to enforce existing controls, inadequate oversight of the control process, and failures to act on fraud are signs of weak management.
Loose internal controls. Inadequate separation of duties involving cash management, inventory, purchasing/contracting, and payment systems allow the perpetrator to commit fraud.
History of impropriety. Past audits and investigations with findings of questionable or criminal activity are very useful as roadmaps of where to look for current activity.
Unethical leadership. Executives who do not follow the rules and focus on personal achievement and not organization goals may be involved in fraudulent activity.
Promise of gain with little likelihood of being caught. When a perpetrator works in an environment of weak management, loose internal controls, and high-volume transactions, he/she has ample opportunity to exploit the situation for personal benefit.
Unexplained decisions and/or transactions. Transactions that are out of the ordinary and are not satisfactorily explained, for example, unexplained adjustments in inventory and accounts receivables, are often signs of fraudulent activity.
Failure to follow legal or technical advice. Unexplained deviation from legal and/or technical advice, particularly when concurrence is required, may be evidence of fraud.
Missing or altered documents. Sometimes the perpetrator includes misinformation and false data entries in records that are obvious; however, the perpetrator makes no attempt to conceal the changes. Indicators include providing information late without explanation, concealing unfavorable information, never creating required documentation, creating documentation after the fact, and destroying documents.
To understand and identify information that may suggest fraud, the auditor should be aware that fraud is most likely to fall within six categories of criminal violations: theft, embezzlement, fictitious transactions, kickbacks, bribery and extortion, and conflict of interest. In any of these, fraud may occur.
Theft involves property, facilities, services, and time.
Embezzlement involves money, positions of trust, and a trusted employee. The funds embezzled can be from receipts or disbursements or from fictitious transactions involving funds over which the embezzler has custody and control. Embezzlement generally results from a breakdown of internal controls, i.e., no separation of duties.
Fictitious transactions usually involve a single party. False records or transactions are perhaps the most sophisticated of schemes.
Kickbacks may be offered by a vendor or solicited by a contractor or government buyer Moneys are paid from government funds. Inflated invoices and subsequent payments generate kickback proceeds and are used to secure government or contractor business or steer business to a particular contractor. 
Bribery and extortion occur when an offer is made and accepted in return for abuse of position; i.e. a government official accepts something of value in return for sensitive information or in return for a favorable decision. A government official demands money in return for a favorable and expedited decision.
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