Dorian Bond 2014-02-27 23:05:42
Some Good Old-Fashioned Sleuthing Dorian Bond’s interest in investigation began in college while working for Wal-Mart. Quickly rising through the ranks, he was overseeing theft in WalMarts across two states. He moved to the private investigation sector and worked in several firms before founding Bond Investigations in 2003. Serving the investigative needs of law firms, individual clients, and two of the largest county attorney offices in the state, the United States and even in the international marketplace, they ensure justice is served. Their bilingual male and female investigators are experts in the areas of process service, discreet surveillance, missing persons, attorney litigation support and business asset searches. For more information call (480) 229-7401 or visit www.bondinvestigations.com. I have worked with some of the best attorneys in the state, many of them housed in the Raynak Law Building, and I feed off their desire to ensure justice is served. I’ve been a private investigator for many years and have been interested in the field since I began catching shoplifters in Chicago Wal-Marts during college. After overseeing security for Wal-Mart in two states and helping the Secret Service break a multi state theft case, I settled into the private investigation field. In my many years of experience, I have seen the industry evolve time and time again. And, while I know that an essential element in private investigation is keeping up with technology, I believe that some good old-fashioned gumshoe detective work can pay enormous dividends for my clients. Case Study Recently, I was engaged by a family to investigate a sexual assault that they believed was a case of wrongful imprisonment. A woman from Gilbert had claimed to have a fiancé in Australia – let’s call her Jane. She had accused her American family doctor – let’s call him Dr. Stevens – of sexual assault during a medical examination. Following the accusation, Dr. Stevens was arrested. After enduring 10 months in jail, his family brought us in to determine what really happened and gather the evidence to set him free. We investigated Jane and quickly determined that her life in Australia left a trail of bread crumbs. She had a history of dating men for less than romantic reasons – one may say she was motivated solely by finances. It was even later discovered that she had gone on a date the same evening of the alleged assault. I was able to find and interview him for the case. It was also uncovered that she had two current boyfriends living in Australia. My investigator’s gut instinct told me that the key to the case would be found in the land Down Under. At first, the family hesitated. Funding a trip to the other side of the world was an expense that they wished to avoid – understandably so. They preferred the investigation rest in the States and be conducted over the phone and Internet. I assured them, however, that the investigation would be stalled if not pursued directly. My point was unfortunately validated when an attempted call to Jane’s first Australian boyfriend proved a futile exercise. He hung up on the attorney and me. Finally, my clients agreed to finance my gumshoe approach. I flew to Australia, staked out the boyfriend’s house, and was eventually able to approach him face-to-face. During the interview he admitted that he had uncovered during her stay there that she had accused the doctor of sexual assault in an attempt to shake him down for enough money to finance a trip back to Australia. Despite some reluctance on his part (he still held romantic feelings for Jane), he recognized the injustice in her actions and could not deny the harm she had done to an innocent man and his family. He agreed to come to the United States and testify against her. His testimony was instrumental in obtaining a verdict of not guilty. Dr. Stevens was released the day after the verdict came down. After the trial, members of the jury told us that the testimony of the Australian boyfriend was a major factor in determining their not guilty verdict. In Conclusion While every good investigator knows the value of technology in today’s overly saturated world of smartphones, social media, Google searches and emails; it is true that every once in awhile the old-fashioned sleuthing gets the job done more effectively. In this case, it was made quickly evident that no amount of technological research or communication was going to uncover the necessary evidence to set an innocent man free and ensure that justice was delivered.
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