CORPORATE INVESTIGATIONS

We Investigate Theft, Embezzlement, Competitors, And More

Houston Private Eyes, For Commercial Interests

We offer well trained investigators with diverse expertise to meet the specific requirements of each corporate investigation assignment. Our investigators are supported by systems which allow them to conduct research using over 400 different database resources.

We’re Seasoned, Professional Corporate Detectives

Our firm is hired frequently to assist businesses in investigating theft of materials, proprietary information, and monies by employees.

During the course of these investigations we utilize all evidence of the wrong-doing provided by the business owners and then conduct interviews with employees who are considered suspects in the thefts.

Our Experience

Gradoni & Associates have been called upon by corporate clients to:

  • Compile competitor intelligence.
  • Identify & prevent leaks of proprietary information.
  • Secure computer/hard drive data.
  • Performance background checks for new hires.
  • Sweep for electronic listening devices
  • Protect corporate assets.
  • Protect corporate officers.
  • Investigate internal theft.
  • Investigate fraudulent workmen compensation claims.
  • Trademark Infringement/Counterfeit Merchandise

Interviewing Potential Witnesses; Employees

Prior to interviewing the employees of any company that we’ve taken on as a client, Polly Korzekwa, our Research Analyst, conducts background investigations on each employee that’s on our radar. These investigations are focused on the financial status and criminal history of the suspected employee. Polly also finds evidence of Civil Lawsuits, Liens, Judgments and Bankruptcies involving the suspect employees which may contribute to their motives to steal. Also, we’ve found that a number of employees/suspects have a criminal history that isn’t known to their employers.

If you’re the CEO or owner of a Houston area business and need a fresh set of eyes to investigate potential or known corporate frauds and other internal company wrongdoings, call Gradoni & Associates at 281-440-0800.

Corporate Services

Background Investigations

There are thousands of websites, apps, and companies that offer to conduct background investigations for a fee. However, most of these services use antiquated databases and the quality they provide to their clients can be questionable. Gradoni & Associates is a licensed Texas private investigation agency that understands the needs of corporate clients and the need for credible data that can be acted upon.

To learn more about our background investigation services click here.

Competitive Intelligence

Competitive intelligence is the ethical art-form of gathering data relevant to the business interests of our client.

If a business or corporation needs to know more about competitor’s business practices, intellectual property, executive practices, information technology, accounting, finance, and human resources, Gradoni & Associates can help.

Due Diligence

Due Diligence in relation to corporate detective work should be taking to mean a full & complete background check on a company, business partner, or any commercial project. This is a defensive investigatory action which attempts to identity potential liabilities, satisfy a legal agreement, and the determine or validate prudence in business dealings.

The main objective of a due diligence investigation is to eliminate the potential for harm and damages. Due diligence reports from Gradoni & Associates are complete, detailed, and admissible in the court of law.

White Collar Crimes

Corporate Theft DetectivesLarge corporations, medium sized companies, and small businesses are ripe prospects for internal fraud, embezzlement, and accounting scams. We’ve even investigated cases where a sales manager was stealing equipment from his employer only to sell it to a competitor, and another case involving an employee stockpiling goods stolen from their employer, and massive acquisition scams.

If you believe your company is the victim of a white collar crime, contact Gradoni & Associates to learn more about how we can help you resolve the matter. We’re licensed Texas private investigators which means that our reports are court-ready and can be acted on by the state.

Insurance Fraud Defense

Whether fraudulent activities occurred within the insurance company or without, Gradoni & Associates will get to the truth of the matter. We’re prepared to investigate all forms of insurance fraud on auto policies, life insurances, workers compensation, homeowners insurance, healthcare frauds, and internal scams within the walls of the insurer.

If you have questions about how Gradoni & Associates can help defend your company’s bottom line against scams, review some of our successes in our newsletter or call our office directly at 281-440-0800.

Employment Screening

Everyone wears a mask, especially those looking to put on their best face and attitude for the purpose of securing a position with a prospective employer or continuing their career with a new corporation. It’s always best to know the people you’re bringing into the fold as opposed to making a gut decision that could create the potential for damages later on.

Executive background checks, pre-employment screenings, and character investigations should be seen as defensive measures which pay great dividends when radioactive personnel are caught in the screening process, and that prove their value when the right personnel are validated.

Corporate Investigation Results

Below are entries from our Investigator’s Newsletter which highlight a number of our commercial theft investigation successes.

Closed Corporate Cases

  • A Case of Corporate Burglary: An Inside Job
    One of our long time clients who owned an iron and metal fabricating business in Houston, who had utilized our firm to conduct pre-employment background investigations for years, was the victim of a burglary on a Sunday evening at their main office. The thieves were able to enter the business by drilling a hole in
  • The Case of the Drunken Sales Manager
    Our client was a manufacturing company that sold tools in the oilfield industry. Our client’s product base included thousands of small items. During an inventory it was discovered that a number of items in specific categories were missing. Our client had reason to believe that the Sales Manager was possibly selling items to competitors because
  • The Lost Marbles Theft Investigation
    The owner of a marble company determined there was $200,000 of missing product after an inventory check. Once the discovery had been made the person responsible for the inventory and the overall general supervision of the workers quit. J.J. Gradoni Investigates Chief Investigator J.J. Gradoni interviewed a number of employees who admitted that
  • The Case of the Concrete Thief
    Our firm was hired by a concrete company who had suspicions that one of their drivers was diverting loads dedicated to a client and dropping them at locations where the loads were sold for personal gain. One of the reasons that the perpetrator was able to divert a load was due to the fact that
  • Complaint Ordinance Deployed in Corporate War
    A well established weight loss clinic secured our services to conduct a background investigation on a female who had filed a complaint against their company. The female made one visit to the clinic and made a very strange allegation to the Medical Board that she had never seen a doctor during her one and only
  • The 20 Truck Heist Investigation
    Attorney Jack B. Carroll represented a business man in Florida who had wired $420,000 to an individual in Houston to purchase 20 new Toyota trucks that were going to be sold to an oil company in South America. After Jack’s client sent the money he was given paperwork indicating that the trucks had been ordered
  • The Case of the Suspect Pocket Cash
    Undercover – Busted Scott Smith, the owner of Wilco, a company located on the Ship Channel that sells over a million dollars worth of parts a month to the oil industry, had been informed by a customer that they saw one of the counter salesmen pocket cash. Our Undercover Investigators Get Involved An undercover agent
  • The Case of the Chemical Plant Extortion Saint
    Payroll Raised Fraud John Rhem, one of our Corporate Attorney clients, asked Gradoni & Associates to look into allegations from employees of a chemical plant that their Supervisor had extorted money from them in return for favorable reviews so the employees could receive pay raises. J.J. Hits The Ground Running Chief Investigator J.J. Gradoni
  • The “No Calls, No Sales” Corporate Investigation
    A printing company in Virginia contacted our firm after looking at our website and requested that we surveil a salesman that worked from his home supposedly making sales calls on potential clients each day. The owner of the company was concerned since sales had dropped dramatically. Gradoni & Associates Takes on The Case Investigator Companik
  • Don’t Leave Home Without It
    American Express Card Fraud Kevin Templeton conducted an investigation on behalf of our client, which identified over $30,000 worth of charges by an employee on our client’s Corporate American Express credit card, which he diverted to his own personal use. The charges included a washer and dryer, big screen television, electronics and computer

Client References

Below are entries from our Investigator’s Newsletter which highlight a number of our commercial theft investigation successes.

  • New Process Steel
  • McGinnis Cadillac
  • Overnite Transportation
  • Ryland Homes
  • Weyerhauser
  • Mariner Energy
  • New Quest Properties
  • Cima Energy
  • Wilco
  • Smith Custom Home Builders
  • CBS
  • Wyman Gordon
  • Jacobs Engineering
  • Spir Star
  • Texas Iron & Metal
  • Gullo Toyota

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Houston, TX 77068
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