A True Story of Law and Order

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Licensed Professional Investigators receive new cases in a variety of ways. We at Management Resources Ltd of NY are contacted by attorneys as well as their clients seeking the services of our investigative staff. Many times the attorney will contact us and say they need our services for a client, but the client will be hiring us directly. Whenever we take on a new case, whether it is criminal or civil, we recommend that the attorney hire us and not the client.

The following story is a prime example of an attorney retaining a private investigator as quickly as possible:

On 12/27/09, the Sunday after Christmas I was planning to unwind from the hectic holiday shopping season by watching football games all day. These plans changed around 1pm when the phone rang. Edgar De Leon, owner of De Leon & Associates, PLLC (http://www.deleonlawyers.com/) told me he had just been retained by a couple from Boston who had stayed the weekend in New York after visiting relatives. The wife retained Mr. De Leon on behalf of her husband who had been arrested for disorderly conduct and harassment the night before. During the course of his arrest, the husband had been beaten by the police to the extent that his leg was broken in 3 places. At this time, her husband was in the hospital and she needed to be spoken to immediately.

By 4pm I was in Manhattan speaking to the wife. She was extremely upset, understandably confused, and did not know who to turn to for help. I sat with her for about an hour and learned that she and her husband where staying in a midtown hotel for the weekend on their way back to Boston. On Saturday evening they were in the hotel’s bar having a few drinks and watching a soccer game. There were several other people at the bar also watching the game. Her husband and the other individuals got into a verbal altercation about the two teams who were playing. According to the wife, there was some “back slapping” and some pushing between her husband and the other men, but that was the extent of the incident. No one was fighting, yelling, or injured. She and her husband left and went up to their room. A short time later, the police arrived and knocked on the door waking them both up. The wife answered the door and the police stated they wanted to speak with her husband because they had been told that he pushed his wife downstairs in the bar. The wife stated that this was untrue and that nothing had happened. The police came into the room and handcuffed the husband behind his back. They took him out into the hallway where one of the officers kicked her husband in the leg several times causing him to fall to the floor in pain. An ambulance was called and her husband was taken to the hospital where he was diagnosed with multiple fractures of his lower leg.

I left the wife and immediately went to the hotel. As luck would have it the bartender was on duty from the night before. I spoke to him and he confirmed the altercation between the husband and the other men at the bar. He stated that there was some pushing and shoving, but no one was hurt and no one requested medical attention. I then went up to the room and canvassed the other residents on the floor in search of witnesses.

The next day I spoke to the hotel manager and asked to see the hotel video cameras for the bar, lobby and hallway where the incident with the police occurred. The manager was very helpful and provided me with a copy of the video footage which I immediately turned over to Mr. De Leon. The coverage clearly recorded the altercation between our client and the officer.    http://bit.ly/8Y0jCV

The end result of this case was that all charges were dropped against our client. Our clients are now seeking damages from the City of New York. The officer that broke our client’s leg in three places is still working. The key to this successful outcome was the timeliness in which this case was handled. Mr. De Leon contacted us immediately after retaining the client. We were able to get to the location the day after the incident and identify and interview witnesses before anyone else. We were also able to obtain the necessary evidence which Mr. De Leon used in defense of his client.

celebratingManagement Resources Ltd of New York is a professional investigative firm licensed in New York and New Jersey. .  Management Resources is a member of the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Associated Licensed Detectives of New York, and Founding Members and Regional Directors of Investigating Innocence.

Bob Rahn and Kim Anklin are available for interviews or speaking engagements.  Contact ImaginePublicity at 843-808-08509 or email contact@imaginepublicity.com 

The Intersection of O.J. Simpson and Jonathan Fleming

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Kim Anklin’s thoughts on O.J. Simpson, Jonathan Fleming, and the criminal justice system 

Twenty years have passed since Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman were brutally murdered in Brentwood, CA and what would be known as “the Trial of the Century” began. Today, it remains a hallmark case that is discussed and analyzed across many disciplines of study.

 In 1994, I was living in Simi Valley, California. I remember when the verdict was read and how the public’s reaction was racially and divisively split. Unlike most of my peers and colleagues I was not surprised. A relatively short time had passed since the 1992 Los Angeles riots began, sparked from what most of us considered an unjust verdict for four LAPD officers responsible for the brutal beating of Rodney King. The video footage was played by the media every day for months. It seemed obvious and indisputable as to what happened. However frame by frame the “experts” argued whether “excessive force” was used, and somehow the jury did not bring down fair punishment. As a result of the riots 53 people were killed, thousands injured and over a billion dollars of destroyed property left South Central Los Angeles in ruins.

 Twenty years later, I am hopeful we are seeing the tides turn in favor of fairness and justice. My hope is based upon the much needed attention given to the recent exonerees who were wrongfully convicted during the 80’s and 90’s. It is exhausting, gut-wrenching work that we as investigators, attorneys and organizations like Investigating Innocence take on. Each time a person is exonerated, it proves what many communities have been screaming for decades. Where is our fairness and justice?

 Those who are proving their innocence, after being wrongfully convicted, are the direct result of decades of corruption that has already eroded the public’s trust across the county.

 By the time the Simpson-Goldman case became a national obsession, our client Jonathan Fleming was already into his fifth year of a 25-life sentence for a homicide he did not commit in 1989. While he is an exceptionally forgiving man, his case clearly illustrates why the reactions to the Rodney King case and the OJ Simpson case were so emotionally charged. The first message was clear; the world’s “greatest legal system” is rigged. However, for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. Hence, the celebratory reaction to Simpson’s acquittal was equally clear.

 Why are we so captivated by high-profile cases? Simply because we do not want to see the wrong person incarcerated while the guilty go free. We want to believe we are operating under a fair and balanced set of processes that do not make such egregious “mistakes.” When the “mistakes” appear to be, or are proven to be deliberate, we are outraged.

 The widely covered high profile case, especially one with a lot of drama, can serve as an educational tool for the public to raise important questions. The public, of course, is our future jury pools that will serve to hopefully see through and question when prosecutorial misconduct presents itself.

 Our justice system can only be a great system if both sides play by the rules that society as a whole agreed to follow. I try to convince myself the damage is caused by a small percentage of prosecutors, police officers, and judges that rig the system. At the same time, that belief becomes weak when, for example; if you take one prosecutor systematically hiding Brady Material over the span of a 30 year career, how many cases would therefore be flawed?

 If we are indeed experiencing the beginning of a new era, my hope is that the divisive reaction is shifting away from race, as seen in the trials of O.J. Simpson and Rodney King, and towards shutting down the corruption where it belongs. Those who have corrupted our system have long used distractors of the “us versus them” mentality for their end-game to divide and conquer.

celebratingManagement Resources Ltd of New York is a professional investigative firm licensed in New York and New Jersey. .  Management Resources is a member of the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Associated Licensed Detectives of New York, and Founding Members and Regional Directors of Investigating Innocence.

Bob Rahn and Kim Anklin are available for interviews or speaking engagements.  Contact ImaginePublicity at 843-808-08509 or email contact@imaginepublicity.com 

Mortgage Fraud

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We have conducted hundreds of Mortgage Fraud investigations throughout NY and NJ for our insurance company clients. The following is the story of how one case of fraud was perpetrated, and ultimately, discovered.

We located the suspect and conducted a telephone interview. The subject informed us that he posed as the buyer for the property and provided his name, date of birth, and social security number for his friend so the friend could purchase a $400,000 home.

The friend had bad credit and could not get a mortgage. Our subject completed a URLA (Loan application) and listed his income, assets and liabilities. He signed the application and then went to the closing and signed all the closing documents.

The term for this type of Mortgage Fraud is “Straw Borrower” where the borrower on the application is not actually the buyer of the property.

Impact of Mortgage Fraud

Most committing fraud of this type think there isn’t a negative impact simply because they have all intentions of living in the home, as well as paying back the loan in a timely fashion. However, the waters become murky when you find there are lenders and brokers who are not verifying information on the application properly, or are editing the information without the borrower’s consent or knowledge.

Fraud for profit by overstating income, or otherwise falsifying the loan application, is a federal offense with a long statute of limitations and possible prison time for those who commit this type of mortgage fraud. Often there are several parties involved who come together to purchase property for the profit possibilities only, never intending to actually use the property as a residence or a business.

Other types of Mortgage Fraud include:

  1. Equity Skimming
  2. Foreclosure Rescue Schemes
  3. Air Loans
  4. Property Flipping
  5. Double Dipping

Mortgage Fraud is one of several different types of fraud investigated by the Management Resources team. We are experienced in all types of corporate fraud investigations .

According to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, American companies lose $660 billion dollars to internal fraud every year. A single incident of internal fraud costs the victimized company approximately $200,000. Companies with fraud awareness strategies in place reduce that loss by 50 percent or more.

Fraud and employee theft are one of the areas of crime which essentially affects us all as losses are passed on to consumers in the long run. If you feel you need to take a closer look into your corporate or personal assets, please contact us for an appointment.

celebratingManagement Resources Ltd of New York is a professional investigative firm licensed in New York and New Jersey. .  Management Resources is a member of the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Associated Licensed Detectives of New York, and Founding Members and Regional Directors of Investigating Innocence, and are available for interviews or speaking engagements.  Contact ImaginePublicity at 843-808-08509 or email contact@imaginepublicity.com 

New Jersey Investigator of the Year Award Goes to Bob Rahn and Kim Anklin of Management Resources

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On Tuesday, June 3, 2014, Management Resources LTD of NY principals, Bob Rahn and Kim Anklin, received the highest award from the New Jersey Licensed Private Investigators Association, the 2014 Investigator of the Year Award, given during the NJLPIA annual golf and awards dinner held at Mountain View Country Club in Ewing, NJ with investigators from several surrounding states in attendance.

Rahn and Anklin made recent national headlines for their exemplary investigative work in the Jonathan Fleming wrongful conviction case in Brooklyn, NY.  They uncovered the evidence that convinced the Conviction Integrity Unit to invite them into their investigation.  Rahn and Anklin re-interviewed witnesses, visited the crime scene, and uncovered new witnesses which ultimately lead the Conviction Integrity Unit to find evidence in their own files which was there all along. This lead to Fleming’s charges being dismissed by Kings County District Attorney, Kenneth Thompson.

“…… As a result of their persistent efforts over the course of the last year, these talented private investigators helped exonerate a wrongfully convicted prisoner after 25 years of incarceration. They took on a case with a minimal retainer and invested hundreds of man hours to help free an innocent man. They took on the case knowing that they might never be paid for all their efforts, yet they used their investigative skills to prove and correct a major wrong.

As a result of their investigation, Jonathan Fleming was freed on April 8, 2014 and the story made all the major national and international media outlets showing pictures and video of Bob and Kim at Mr. Fleming’s side. Their efforts showed the world what professional investigators can do and they truly represented the entire profession in an admirable and professional manner. We are honored that these two not only represented the profession, but also are members of our association”……Jimmie Mesis, PI Magazine Editor in Chief

Rahn and Anklin have been fielding numerous calls from others incarcerated and claiming to be wrongfully convicted. Each case needs to be assessed thoroughly, but funding is an issue. It’s hoped their affiliation with the Investigating Innocence organization will help with funding many of these case investigations and, ultimately, lead to justice renewed for others wrongly incarcerated.

Along with wrongful conviction cases, Management Resources works with attorneys investigating personal injury, malpractice, matrimonial, fraud and executive protection.

celebratingManagement Resources Ltd of New York is a professional investigative firm licensed in New York and New Jersey. .  Management Resources is a member of the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Associated Licensed Detectives of New York, and Founding Members and Regional Directors of Investigating Innocence, and are available for interviews or speaking engagements.  Contact ImaginePublicity at 843-808-08509 or email contact@imaginepublicity.com 

New Jersey Investigator of the Year Award Goes to Management Resources

Private Investigators and Law Enforcement

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Approached by clients to assist in working cold case investigations, we often find difficult cooperation with members of law enforcement. While we are former members of the law enforcement community, and know the importance of not compromising evidence in an open investigation, we still are met with uncooperative detectives and prosecutors.

Two cases we were contracted to work on, both old cases that needed something to move them forward, yet, with all of our experience and hopeful communication, we could not break through.

Missing Person Case from 1987

The first case is a Missing Person Case where the victim went missing in New York in 1987. We had been working on this for over two years. From the first day we were involved with this investigation we received resistance from the law enforcement agency that was assigned the case.

We met with the Investigator assigned and introduced ourselves and told him that the family had hired us to look into the matter. He immediately informed us that “this was an active police investigation,” although nothing had been done with it for twenty five years, and that we could not interview the three individuals who saw the victim last.We stated that we did not intend to interfere with the investigation in any way.

As a former member of law enforcement I told the Investigator that any information we may obtain we would immediately turn over to him and not do anything to jeopardize his case. We conducted interviews of several people, but their statements did not contain any useful information. Their names and addresses and what they told us were all turned over to the assigned Investigator.

Recently we were contacted by a witness that did have very important relevant information. After speaking to that witness we immediately contacted the assigned Investigator and informed him of what the witness told us. He stated that he would contact the witness and obtain an official statement and that we should not have any further contact with that witness.

Unsolved Homicide, Cold Case

The second case was in New Jersey and was a homicide from 1985. The son of the victim is an an Iraqi war veteran. He contacted us and asked us to help find his mother’s killer. We contacted the Detective who was assigned the case and explained who we were and that the family had hired us to look into the matter.

The Detective was very receptive and told us that his department did not have a Cold Case Unit and that he was working the case whenever he had time. Unfortunately because of his case load that was not very often. He informed us that he had some leads in the case that he did not have a chance to run down and maybe we could help him with that. I explained we would be glad to assist him. He told us he would speak to his boss and get back to us.

Unfortunately when he called back he told us his boss, the local Prosecutor, would not allow him to share any information with us and did not want us investigating the case. The Prosecutor stated, “We don’t cooperate with Private Investigators.” Needless to say the Detective, the victim’s son and I were very disappointed.

As a 20 year veteran of law enforcement and having worked another 18 years as a Private Investigator I don’t understand the reluctance on the part of law enforcement to let us assist them. In this economy with municipal budget cuts, lack of manpower and rising case loads you would think they would welcome the help.

As Private Investigators we have the resources to spend on these cold cases. We obliviously cannot arrest the perpetrators of these crimes, but that is not what we are trying to do. We simply want to bring justice and closure to the family members. When I was on the job that was our goal as well. I guess times have changed.

celebratingManagement Resources Ltd of New York is a professional investigative firm licensed in New York and New Jersey. .  Management Resources is a member of the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Associated Licensed Detectives of New York, and Founding Members and Regional Directors of Investigating Innocence, and are available for interviews or speaking engagements.  Contact ImaginePublicity at 843-808-08509 or email contact@imaginepublicity.com 

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