Delaware Private Investigators
For Your Business

Employee Theft | Non-Compete Violations | Fraud | Embezzlement | Workplace Problems

 

Your business in Delaware can hire our team of Private Investigators to identify problems and bring them to a swift resolution.

Since 1996, PHENIX has worked with clients in Delaware, all 50 states, and over 27 countries, with certified and licensed investigators where required.

Whether you own a small business in Wilmington, a manufacturing plant in Newark, a family operation in Dover, or have a global presence near Middletown, one of the most significant risks of running a business can be your internal employees.

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At PHENIX, we have worked with some of the most recognized brands to identify and resolve an array of employee problems and workplace issues.

Our P.I.’s are unique - with the business acumen, credentials, and experience that is needed to understand your business problem and bring about a swift resolution.

We can investigate both on-location and from our office headquarters, depending on your situation. Investigators take a professional approach in conducting direct employee interviews, undercover assignments, surveillance, and other methods. We determine how problems are occurring, who is involved in those problems, obtain admissions and voluntary resignations, cost recovery using restitution agreements, and more.

Depending on your situation, you can hire PHENIX directly, or we can be engaged to support your attorney or legal team. Regardless, cases that involve PHENIX can be resolved sooner, reducing legal costs, and getting you back to business sooner.

Some cases might involve working with local law enforcement or FBI Agents, where it is beneficial and appropriate. Keep in mind that most local police do not have the resources or training to resolve a private matter within your business. Calling the police also exposes your issue to the public. Our team of experienced private investigators has the credentials necessary to keep your case confidential.

If your case involves a financial loss, your insurance may cover some or all of the claim. It is essential to investigate fully so we can provide documentation to your insurer showing that your insurance policy appropriately covers the loss. We can work with your insurance company to maximize the claim that you are entitled to receive.

Meet Your Team Leaders

Brian Bauer  Global Lead for Business Fraud

Brian Bauer
Global Lead for Business Fraud

Ben Ford  Certified Fraud Investigator

Ben Ford
Certified Fraud Investigator

Carl Mason  Senior Director

Carl Mason
Senior Director


 

Our Clients

Top global brands, small local businesses, attorneys, insurers, and everyday citizens can hire PHENIX. Just look at some of our clients and imagine how we can help you!


 

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Since 1994, we have served clients in all 50 U.S. states and in over 27 countries throughout the globe. Our clients include corporations, banks, insurance and risk professionals, law firms, small private commercial businesses, and entrepreneurs.


 

Internal Employee Theft

Employees have access to virtually all of your assets and information - a business situation ripe for theft in today's world. Access to cash, inventory, raw materials, information, and even time-off, is easy to achieve often with just the click of a button. Unfortunately, that empowerment may entice a few to cross the line. Investigators at PHENIX can identify internal theft, obtain admission, oversee terminations, and even recover your loss through restitution agreements.

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Trademark / Intellectual Property Theft

Protecting your brand is key to profitability and maintaining an edge on competitors. All of the intangibles that make your brand unique is what sets you apart from your competitors. Even with the most stringent stop-gaps in place, IP theft can occur for companies of any size and industry, by employees or competitors. PHENIX can help

  • Find industry misuse of your intellectual property.

  • Research conflicts of patents, marks, designs and trade secrets.

  • Investigations to uncover and confirm intentional misuse.

  • Interviews to demand a cease and negotiate cost recovery from damages.

  • Full resolution (and often payment of damages) for the misuse of your trademark, patent, or intellectual property.

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Employee Theft of Time

Leave or time-off programs like Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Workers' Compensation, and Disability need to be enforced to ensure they are utilized only for their intended purpose. Our private investigators will help you reinforce the boundaries of these programs. The cost of employee time abuse can be quite high. It does not include indirect costs such as overtime pay for other employees, hiring temps, missed deadlines, lost sales, sinking morale and lower productivity. Indirect costs can add up to 25 percent to the direct costs, according to Employee Benefit News and HR News.

Cost of Employee Time Abuse

Source: Forbes

 

Supplier Fraud and Theft

You rely on trusted suppliers to keep your best interests in mind, but sometimes that circle of trust can be broken. PHENIX can investigate and consult on vendor risk management (VRM) to ensure that the fraud by providers and suppliers does not create an unacceptable potential for business disruption or a negative impact on business performance. The private investigators at PHENIX are experienced in assessing supplier fraud and providing detailed analysis.

Good employees and suppliers make your company successful, but just one bad apple can cause costly problems in your business.

 

Employee Non-Compete Violations

Employee non-compete agreements can be enforced when there is some misuse of information or intentional acts that negatively impact your business. These are commonly labeled a "non-disclosure breach" and this makes a non-compete agreement very enforceable. PHENIX can perform investigations (like surveillance) to gather relevant evidence of employee activities. This might include misuse of trade secrets, use of confidential information, solicitation of customers, or other actions that may violate their "non-compete" or "non-disclosure" agreement.

Over 50 percent of employees admit to taking information when they left their previous employer, so companies are very concerned about restricting conduct of former employees.

 

How To Hire PHENIX

It all starts with a free phone consultation to ensure we understand your unique situation. Our team of CFE professionals (aka Fraud Investigators) will recommend a plan that is best for your business culture, industry, and need. Just call us now at 800-980-9056.

A Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) is a credential awarded by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE). A CFE has special training and experience in handling theft, fraud, embezzlement, non-competes, and other human resources issues.

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PHENIX Investigations F.A.Q.'s

How does PHENIX help my legal team?
We can work with your legal team to obtain supporting evidence. We also can work independently to obtain admissions, voluntary termination, and restitution to get your money back. Every case requires a unique strategy to remedy the issue.

What size of issue or company does PHENIX do work for?
Our clients range from large global corporations to independently owned local businesses. Some cases are quite simple and can be resolved quickly and some require travel and many weeks to resolve.

What industry types has PHENIX provide investigation services in?
We have experience in most industries, notably: manufacturing, automotive & tiered suppliers, oil & gas, financial services, transportation, education, services, small business and dozens more.

Can I contact some references?
Yes. Simply contact us to discuss your situation. We will provide as many references as you need.