Diligence Investigations have been a part of Mike's life for over 20 years. He served in law enforcement for 12 years, identified as a quick-learning self-starter. Since 2000, he brought his skills to performing due diligence for investors -- and his own account. He takes his diverse background searching for the truth and applies it to go beyond standard analysis, "channel checking" and the like. Mike worked all divisions of the department, including cross-training as a paramedic for admission to the Rescue/Emergency Services Unit. In the ESU, Mike deployed with SWAT as well as dignitary protection teams for visitors such as the President of the United States. The jurisdiction served diverse communities, from the most affluent zip codes in the United States to another city that received the infamous distinction of being the nation’s per capita murder capital. Mike was exposed to myriad policing and investigation environments and techniques which he mastered and continues to study. He is particularly strong with interviewing, which translates well into parsing conference calls and other statements issued by firms. He simultaneously rated in top percentiles for arrests and other productivity, and in the lowest percentiles for citizen complaints. While in law enforcement, he began working for a private investigative firm, and obtained his PI license in 1992. He attends advanced training accredited by the Department of Justice, S.E.C., Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training, and professional societies such as the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and American Bar Association. Topics of study include: ♦ Interview technique ♦ Background and internal investigation ♦ Financial Crime investigation ♦ High-level Due Diligence inquiries ♦ Elder Abuse (over 10 courses – university level, P.O.S.T., professional organizations and conferences) ♦ Discovery of electronically stored information Mike established a business partnership with the former deputy director of a federal law enforcement agency. He has managed investigations involving embezzlement and other internal corporate matters; securities fraud; due diligence; and financial and emotional elder abuse. Before the headlines broke, Mike was among the few professionals on record with urgent warnings regarding the housing and mortgage debacles, and the failure of what was passing as Due Diligence accepted by purported sophisticated investors. Clients who heeded Mike’s cautions lost no money, and most now have significant gains. As his thorough preparation frequently results in embarrassing moments for opposing counsel, Mike enjoys testifying in court. He believes his mission is to aid the search for the truth, using innovative techniques to solve cases where others have failed. Professional and personal references include senior corporate executives, including CEOs; business and investigative journalists; private equity investors; insurance professionals (including a vice president for special investigations of a Fortune 500 firm); attorneys; law enforcement officers; and others with strong records in business and government..