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Services

Forensic Auditing & Accounting

As with forensic investigations, forensic accounting’s primary focus falls on the gathering and assessment of evidence, however accounting, auditing and investigative techniques are employed to conduct an examination of the finances of an individual or business.

 

Our sub-services include:

• Financial theft and fraud investigations
• Insolvency investigations
• Litigation support
• Falsification and embellishment of financial statements
• Expert witness testimony

Forensic Investigation

A forensic investigation may be defined as the gathering and analyses of physical evidence to identify a perpetrator, to determine the modus operandi adopted by him or her and the subsequent presentation of such evidence to a tribunal.

It goes without saying that forensic investigations present many forms, from simplistic theft investigations to complex financial crimes.

Forensic investigations are typically commissioned for the purpose of presenting evidence of misconduct to a criminal, disciplinary or civil tribunal.

Our investigators have legal and law enforcement backgrounds and vast experience in investigating a variety of criminal offences.

Our sub-services include:

• Criminal transgression investigations
• Civil investigations and litigation support
• Formulation of criminal and disciplinary charges
• Disciplinary investigations and initiator support
• Investigations pertaining to legislative transgressions and non-compliance
• Intellectual property and copyright infringement investigations

Motor Vehicle Theft / Hijacking & Goods in Transport Investigations

Short term insurance may be defined as an agreement between a policy holder and an insurer in terms of which the insurer undertakes to indemnify the policy holder in the event of an insurable loss, subject to policy conditions and wording.

Although an insurer has a responsibility to treat its policy holders fairly, it may protect its interests by assessing the circumstances of a loss to ensure that a policy response is in fact justified.

Our assessments of vehicle related losses include, amongst others, the following:

• Gather information and documentation required by the insurer
• Determine the circumstances of the loss
• Conduct detailed interviews with drivers, passengers and witnesses and reduce their accounts to a written statement or affidavit where required
• Obtaining a copy of police reports
• Scene visits
• Obtain security camera footage where available
• Quantification of loss
• Determine compliance with policy conditions and wording
• Determine insurable interest

Collision & Crash Investigation

Motor vehicle crash incidents and collisions are often incorrectly referred to as “accidents”, which implies that a driver is blameless for his or her actions, where this may not necessarily be the case.

Such incidents occur when a motor vehicle either overturns or collides with another vehicle, pedestrian, animal, road debris, or other geographical or architectural obstacle, resulting in injury to property and person.

Through our investigations and assessments, we determine the circumstances and cause of the incident and identify the party at fault. Insofar as insurance related investigations are concerned, we undertake to ascertain the following in addition to the above:

• Whether the driver acted negligently, recklessly or intentionally
• Whether the incident was reported to the South African Police Service (SAPS) or Traffic Department
• Whether a criminal investigation was conducted by the SAPS
• Whether the vehicle was roadworthy and if not, whether this was causal to the loss
• Whether the driver was under the influence of alcohol or other intoxicating substance
• Compliance with policy conditions and wording
• Determine insurable interest

As part of our comprehensive methodology, we take the necessary steps to:

• Gather information and documentation required by the insurer/client
• Obtain a copy of the Accident Report
• In the event of a criminal investigation, obtain copies of the docket’s content
• Inspect and visually re-construct the scene
• Inspect the vehicles
• Conduct detailed interviews with drivers, passengers and witnesses and reduce their accounts to a written statement or affidavit where required
• Where relevant, identify the third-party driver or owner of the third-party vehicle

 

Fire & Arson Investigations

Also referred to as “origin and cause investigations”, fire investigations relate to incidents where moveable or immoveable property was damaged or destroyed by a fire event.

Once a fire burns itself out or is extinguished, an on-site investigation is conducted to determine its origin and cause. Such investigations require, among others, a systematic approach, a knowledge of fire sciences, the adoption of best practices and an unbiased assessment of the facts.

Our subject specialist has 27 years of experience in this field and is a member of the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI).

Vetting, Profiling and Asset Tracing

In the words of Sir Francis Bacon, “Knowledge is Power”.

Before an employer appoints an incumbent to a position within its organization, it is imperative to first determine the individual’s risk level and whether he or she has a criminal record.

Similarly, in a business environment it is prudent that a client exercises due diligence before entering into an agreement with another party.

In instances where due diligence was not performed, a client may be required to litigate and recover losses suffered through a failed transaction.

Through our access to various information databases we assist clients by:

• Performing due diligence exercises
• Obtaining criminal record information
• Performing pre and post employment personnel vetting
• Performing supplier/service provider vetting
• Conducting lifestyle audits
• Asset identification and locating

Truth Verification

Employers are often faced with misconduct or criminal activities such as fraud and theft within the work environment and may not know where, how and by whom it is committed.

Such conduct is potentially crippling to the operation and reputation of a business and the employer may be frustrated by their inability to identify the culprits, to determine whether they acted in concert with external parties, shared in the spoils of the actions or if any employee failed to report the crime.

We utilise polygraph examinations, or the less intrusive layered voice analyses (LVA), to determine the truthfulness of statements made by the examinee.

A polygraph uses digital instruments to measure and record several physiological indices such as blood pressure, pulse, respiration and skin conductivity while the examinee is asked and answers a series of questions and indicates whether or not he or she is truthful.

LVA technology is a security level emotion and reaction analyser that provides an indication of the way the tested parties feel while they speak and may distinguish between deceptive and truthful statements. These tests are typically performed telephonically and, therefore, are easier and quicker to administer.

Although the results of polygraph and LVA examinations are not accepted as probative evidence in criminal proceedings, they are an invaluable tool in the investigative process.