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Beacon Launches ‘Art Fraud Advisors’

Art Fraud Advisors

The black market for art is booming. Art crime has become a $6 billion industry, according to the FBI. By this measure, art crimes are now the third most profitable criminal enterprise in the world – ranked just behind drugs and guns. Illicit funds from forgery, fraud, price-fixing, theft and related art crimes are now equivalent to nearly 10 […]

Five Myths About Criminal Background Searches

Claims Management

In a recent article for Claims Management, Beacon CEO Mike Orchard explains five common misconceptions involving criminal background searches — and what you need to know to avoid costly mistakes when conducting a criminal record search.

He observes: “Whether the criminal search is conducted by an internal special investigations unit (SIU) or an outside firm, there are a number […]

Investigation Leads to Arrest of Child Sexual Predator

Stevenson Indicted

Federal charges of child exploitation have been filed against 32-year-old Ryan Stevenson of Lansing, MI, who was arrested in August 2014, following an investigation by Beacon Investigative Solutions.

Stevenson has been indicted by a federal Grand Jury and he remains incarcerated, pending trial in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan. He has been charged with (1) […]

Millennials and New Online Fraud Techniques

Property Casualty 360

In a recent article for Property Casualty 360, Beacon CEO Mike Orchard explains how young “millennial” fraudsters are utilizing new technology to commit fraud and other cyber-crimes — and how they have learned to cover their tracks online to remain anonymous.

He observes: “Young people are no more corrupt than baby boomers, but the younger generation has far […]

Investigation of ‘Google Docs’ Phishing Fraud

googledocs

Beacon has conducted multiple investigations in the past six months for clients who were victims of phishing attacks that utilized the “Google Docs” platform as a ploy to persuade victims to provide password and sign-in credentials for their email accounts.

The phishing attacks were followed by bank and wire fraud, resulting in serious financial repercussions for our clients.

The attacks were initiated when […]