Creativity is an Investigation Necessity
With experience, comes the ability to be creative on your case when it is necessary. One such incident would be the time that of one of our investigators was working an insurance fraud investigation in the mountains near Silverthorne, Colorado. This was on a quiet dirt road and immediately upon arriving, the investigator observed the claimant painting his house. Due to the very rural conditions in this area, the claimant observed the vehicle as it took a surveillance position and he stopped painting. The claimant disappeared into the woods around his residence and shortly after appeared out of the woods behind the surveillance vehicle, giving it a “once over.” Due to a note the investigator put in the window, the claimant was satisfied that the vehicle was not watching him, and he continued painting for the next 8 hours.
This was documented on videotape by the investigator and upon showing the videotape to the claimant at deposition, the claimant remarked, “you drive a brown…(vehicle description)…don’t you?” The investigator said, “Yes I do.” The note that the claimant had read that day and was satisfied said, “Please don’t have this vehicle towed, we will be back for it.” Obviously this case was settled for substantially less than it would have been without the videotape.