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Mad cow

- Is the federal testing program sufficient?

Guilt by Investigation and Other Pitfalls

- Follow these six tips to ensure that investigations are conducted properly.

Investigations

- A law (P.L. 108-159) renewing the expiring provisions of the Fair Credit Reporting Act includes a provision stating that information about certain internal investigations need not be communicated to the target of the investigation until the inquiry is completed.

White Collar Criminals Receive Less Attention After 9-11

- The threat of another 9-11, as well as Bush Administration priorities, has led to a drop in the prosecution of some defendants in favor of others.

Making Tough Calls Easy

- By helping tipsters overcome their reluctance to report trouble in the office, well-run anonymous hotlines yield valuable information for company investigators.

Private investigators.

- Lawmakers in Maine have enacted a new law (formerly H.B. 735) governing investigators from other states. The new law will allow investigators from other states to act legally in Maine without obtaining a Maine license, but only in certain circumstances.

Investigations.

- A California appeals court has ruled that a government employer has violated an employee's rights by not letting the employee see the documents created and collected in the course of an investigation into the employee's conduct. The employer had a policy against sharing such documents with the subject of the investigation unless the punishment meted out was greater than a written reprimand. (Beverly Hinrichs v. County of Orange, California Court of Appeal, No. G028834, 2005

Polygraphs

- Forget reliability and admissibility. Polygraph tests get results, contends one author.

Wrongful termination

- The Delaware Supreme Court has ruled that a McDonald’s employee, Susan Rizzitiello, cannot sue the company for wrongful termination. Rizzitiello was suspended pending an investigation of inventory issues. However, Rizzitiello resigned her employment and filed a lawsuit. The court ruled that Rizzitiello could not claim wrongful termination if she was not terminated. Also, the court determined that a suspension to conduct a workplace investigation could not be considered grounds for a constructive discharge—a situation in which working conditions are so poor that the employee has no choice but to resign. (Susan Rizzitiello v. McDonald’s Corporation, Supreme Court of the State of Delaware, No. 93-2004, 2005)

Asking the Hard Questions

- Careful questioning of witnesses and suspects can be the key to cracking your case.

Fraud 101: Techniques and Strategies for Detection, Second Edition

- For the basics, one of the best chapters categorizes fraud into three primary types. One is duplicate-payment fraud, defined as the issuance of two or more identical checks to pay the same debt for a service. Second is multiple-payee fraud, which is similar, but the checks are not identical. The third type is shell fraud, the payment of alleged debts for fictitious projects or services. For each type, detailed analysis and case studies are provided.

Unbiased Investigations

- An FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin piece discusses various cognitive biases that lead investigators astray, and offers strategies to combat them.

Numbers

- E-mail messages from the fourth quarter of 2005 believed to be spam
 




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