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 Invoice Groomer
    Thieves Amongst Us The Owner of a large Pet Grooming & Boarding Hotel for animals had become suspicious that one of the employees had been changing the deposit slips each morning and taking some of the cash collected. The Client provided us with the computer research that they had conducted, which indicated that a number
  • The 100K Cell Phone Embezzlement Investigation
    Houston Criminal Defense Attorney Jack B. Carroll represented the former manager of a cell phone company who operated a kiosk at the Willowbrook Mall. During the course of the manager’s tenure, a number of phones were ordered utilizing customer information that were eventually shipped to 5 different locations in Houston. The cell phone company
  • Surveillance Pays Off
    During the first four months of 2002, Gradoni & Associates has utilized it’s surveillance team to protect two corporate clients from the theft of supplies, materials and client’s proprietary information. The 1st Surveillance Case The first case involved the surveillance of an individual who had been the recipient of a $500,000 loan to
  • The Collection Agency Embezzlement Case
    One of our corporate clients, a collection agency, noticed some irregularities in two of their checking accounts. Gradoni & Associates Takes The Case Our investigation revealed that the bookkeeper had been making checks payable to himself, showing in the ledger the checks were going to vendors. The total theft exceeded $170,000 over a year
  • The Case of “Just Living” … With $80,000.00
    Payroll Clerk – Busted An international engineering firm hired Gradoni & Associates to investigate a number of irregularities identified with vacation pay on a number of employees. It appeared that a number of vacation checks had been made payable to a payroll clerk who cashed the checks, using her own name and driver’s license,
  • 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 Train Ride Investigation
    Attorney Robert Fickman and Attorney Stanley Schneider represented the owner of a train ride concession who noticed during an audit a discrepancy in the number of tickets sold versus revenues. Our Investigation Reveals… Investigator Carey Wellmaker analyzed almost two years of receipts and deposits compiling a spreadsheet that documented
  • The Case of Wayward Moving Brother
    Corporate Investigation: Employee Theft We were contacted by the owner of a moving company who had offices in Houston, Dallas, and Austin. Our client stated he was suspicious of his brother who ran the Houston location because he had gotten an anonymous tip that he was doing moving jobs and pocketing the cash. Gradoni &
  • 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

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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