Scene Documentation

Private Investigators are hired in order to conduct surveillance and investigations pertaining to a particular case. This type of surveillance can range from following an alleged cheating spouse, to observing reports about false workers compensation claims. All of which require detail-oriented reports and documentation.

The initial documentation would be getting a description, car model, home or work address and making sure that the claimant can be located and identified. Next, the visual and audio surveillance evidence.  All of the evidence gathered from a scene before, during and after the investigation should be documented properly. This documentation becomes legal evidence if used in court and can be used to sway the outcome of the trial.

Child Custody Investigations

Child custody cases often times involve an immense amount of allegations and claims from both parents and these claims, most of the time, are lodged against each other becoming a heated issue in court. Therefore, hiring a Private Investigator could help tilt the evidence in a particular direction.

It is also vital that the party hiring the investigator is familiar with the types of child custody there are. Here are a list of the most common types: Legal custody, physical custody, and sole or joint custody.

Most of time, the concern for the safety and well-being of the child will entice a client to hire a private investigator. Private Investigators will conduct surveillance to get a better idea of the overall situation. The potential benefits of hiring a private investigator would be getting a possible upper-hand in the case. This includes: asset search, background/criminal record search, gathering evidence(video footage and photography), interviewing witnesses, ect. These factors are important to consider.

Workers Compensation Investigations

The Basics:

California employers must provide workers’ compensation benefits to employees by paying for workers’ compensation insurance, regardless of the number of employees.

When a worker suffers a work-related accident or becomes ill due to conditions on the job, the insurance company pays for the employee’s medical treatment and lost wages. Additionally, there could be compensation for long-term disability. This could cost the company thousands.

The Scam:

However, sometimes it happens where an employee files a false or fraudulent claim that they are injured, when in reality they are not.  This is a widespread and common crime.

What Paramount Investigative Services can do:

We begin by asking our clients to give us all of the relevant information and use our high-tech software in order to search and match up the information given to us about the claimant and the claim in order to begin the surveillance and investigation. We then perform the investigation and gather video footage which serves as evidence in court. Along with footage, a very detailed and specific report is written about each investigation. Therefore, not a single detail goes unseen and our clients are never left dissatisfied.

Tips on How to Hire a Private Investigator

Much of the general public probably has a skewed vision on what a Private Investigator is, What they do/don’t do, and how to find one that will get the job done professionally.  In this video, I include some tips on how to find a Private Investigator that is right for you.

One way you can obtain knowledge of private investigators in your area is simply by referrals. Referrals from friends, family members or colleagues can be a very efficient  and effortless way to get first-hand information on specific private investigators that have been successful.

Another way to get a hold of a private investigator is to use the internet. Google search private investigators in your city/area and (or) where you may think the investigation may have to originate. Researching online reviews, ratings, and company websites is a very easy way to obtain the most information. Compile a list of possible P.I’s that you have found match your needs as a client and narrow it down from there. So, do your research!

Additionally, visiting the local Private Investigator Associations is a great resource that can be used to find local and licensed P.I’s.

To take this further, make sure that you hire a LICENSED Private Investigator in your state. Make sure to verify your Private Investigator with their license number and this will show you whether their license is valid, current, and whether or not there are violations on that specific license.

Now, you have all of the tips and tricks to hire the perfect Private Investigator specialized to YOU.

Private Investigator Myths vs Facts

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A Private Investigator Can Follow Someone. – FACT

“Following someone” is referred to as surveillance in the legal world. Surveillance is the practice of closely observing someone and documenting the interactions, locations, persons, activities the subject is involved in, and at Paramount Investigative Services we specialize in surveillance.

A Private Investigator follow someone with GPS – BOTH

In the state of California, as long as your name is on the title of the car, it is perfectly legal to put a GPS tracker on the car. This comes in handy when working an infidelity case and you’re trying to track your spouse. For example, if a man suspects his wife is cheating and wants her car to be tracked, we can put a GPS tracker on her car as long as his name is on the title.  GPS tracking laws vary by state.

A PI Can Hack into Someone’s Phone or Computer. – MYTH

Hacking a phone or computer is not only illegal but is very difficult to do, especially if you own an Apple product. Although we are unable to hack into someone’s phone, we have contractors who can tell you if your phone has been hacked into.  (Luckily, if you own a Iphone you need to make sure the software is up to date.  If it’s “jailbroken” it then can be hacked and NOT updated.

A Private Investigator Can Get Travel Information like Hotel Reservations or Airplane Tickets. – MYTH

Most of the time a private company is not going to give out their customer’s private information, so a private investigator Is not going to be able to access this information. A company is not going to risk losing customers, or getting sued, to give out personal info. For a private investigator this can be frustrating, but as a consumer it is a relief.

A Private Investigator Can Get Bank Statements -NOT Legally

Private investigators have contractors who can get limited banking information in order to stay legal and only certain information can be provided to the clients attorney.

Private Investigators are Awesome -Fact

Though we are nothing like what you see on TV and I’m sure you’ve seen it all.  Sadly, the way TV portrays our abilities to get information is far fetched to say the least.  Often times law enforcement CAN NOT do or perform the way TV represents our industry.  Information these days is not a google search away or a phone call to a mysterious voice.  Sadly, we have to put in time, money, and investigative hours to get what is needed.  Example; google yourself and see what is available online.  Try your name in lower case, add some quotation marks on each end to see what pops up.  If nothing, add your city to see what pops up and finally try your phone number.  You’ll see it’s all bogus companies trying to sell information.  So trust me when I say this, Edward Snowden is NOT gang stalking you….  Or is he???

Drone Investigations

Today’s investigations have changed thanks to drones. The days of capturing an image from Google Maps are a thing of the past! We use drones when standard surveillance won’t cut it as the drone offers a perspective you would not get with a normal camera. My investigation firm favors the “DJI” drone because it is affordable and easy to fly. I personally buy a few “DJI” drones a year. I buy them used, as I’m not the most adept at flying them (so if I break it, it’s not a big deal), and they produce high quality images.

Criminal Investigations and Drones:

Recently, I used a drone for a criminal investigation to prove my client’s innocence. In this case, my client had a verbal confrontation with a pedestrian at an intersection near McDonald’s. My client drove away and went to the McDonald’s. While my client was in the drive-thru line at the McDonald’s, the pedestrian reappeared and the two had a second verbal confrontation. The pedestrian claimed my client was the aggressor and accused my client of driving after him to harass him, but my drone images proved that the pedestrian went out of his way to follow my client.

I flew the drone 400 feet over the intersection and captured a high-quality image. Then, I mapped out the path the pedestrian walked to get to my client’s car in the McDonald’s drive-thru. With this image, I was able to demonstrate to the district attorney that the pedestrian had to walk 300 feet to reach my client, making it clear that the pedestrian was the aggressor.

Donatella Panayiotoua of Love & Hip Hop arrested

Donatella Panayiotoua

Paramount Investigative Services Catches Donatella of Love & Hip Hop and Her fiance Church. According to the complaint, the two Purchased tens of thousands of dollars of Jewelry With Stolen Credit Card and ID!

Having received information from our client, Paramount Investigative Services’ Ken Childs serves Love & Hip Hop star Donatella Panayiotou and her boyfriend, Eugene Church, page 3 of the complaint states; the couple purchased jewelry with a stolen credit card and fake IDs. Deceptive, dishonest, and an embarrassment to the Hollywood community and greater Los Angeles community, Paramount Investigative Services swiftly located and served the two for their day in court. Ken Childs’ service of process.

An Exclusive, Unfolding Case

Having just recently concluded our work of successfully and swiftly solving another client’s case, Paramount Investigative Services offers an exclusive first look into the upcoming drama and public indictment of Donatella Panayiotou. Donatella’s recent media silence stands as a direct testament to the swift and effective services of Paramount Investigative Services. Having obtained the necessary information via our impeccable surveillance strategies, and employing the experienced, steadfast will of Ken Childs in serving the perpetrators, Paramount Investigative Services breaks this news to the community that deserves to know, and perhaps is owed compensation after having been wronged by the criminal activity of this “star” and her boyfriends’ illicit escapades.

Look Familiar? Is Your Business A Victim Of These Two’s Fraud?

Paramount Investigative Services remains wholly committed to individuals throughout the Los Angeles area who have been victimized by the fraudulent and criminal activities perpetrated by these two individuals. Should you recognize either of these individuals, and suspect you are one of the innumerable victims who have suffered mental and financial strain from their actions, Paramount Investigative Services implores you to contact the local police authority immediately. We need your help in bringing these criminals to justice, and will stop at nothing to satisfy the needs of our clients, and the broader Los Angeles community we tirelessly strive to serve. If you believe you are a victim of Donatella and Eugene AKA “Church”, contact the police immediately.

Paramount Investigative Services – Ensuring Our Clients’ Satisfaction

Ken Childs and his team of professional private investigators in Los Angeles strive to surpass the competition with expeditious, unimpeachable results for our clients. Offering services ranging from surveillance to cheating spouse investigations, Paramount Investigative Services remains the premier Los Angeles private investigator near you. Offering competitive rates, unparalleled experience and professionalism, an extensive resume and countless testimonials from satisfied clients, Paramount Investigative Services remains the undisputed leader of private investigation services in Los Angeles. Contact us at your earliest convenience via phone or email to request a quote on the service you require, and receive the peace of mind and restitution you deserve today!