Private Investigation Services in Winnipeg, Manitoba

Investigation Services

Adoptions/Records/Archival Searches:  Are you looking for your biological parents, siblings or children?  We will help you re-unite with your biological family.

Background Investigations: We carry out background investigations for personal, employment and vendor screening due diligence.

Personal Investigations:  Have you have met your significant person online?  Are you considering investing in a relationship?  Do you have some doubts about the person’s identity or history?  Do you suspect they are hiding something about their past?  We will investigate their identity, address, occupation, marital status/history, employment, salary, education, divorce history, criminal records/charges, bankruptcies, court records, personal property records and assets, so you can make an informed decision on whether or not you want to pursue a relationship.

Employment Investigations:  If your inquiry is for an employment matter, we will require the applicant’s written consent.   We will verify the authenticity of the applicant’s resume, credentials, qualifications, education, professional licensing and references.  We will conduct a criminal record check in some circumstances.   It some cases, employers cannot discriminate against an employee if he or she has a criminal record.   It all depends on whether or not the criminal record will impact the employee’s ability to carry out their duties. 

Vendor Screening:  We act for corporations by screening vendors to ensure they meet certain qualifications.  As part of our investigation, we will check out the authenticity of the business, owners/directors, physical address, number of employees, credit history, judgement, and criminal records on key personnel. We will also take photographs of their business locations. These inquiries are carried out to ensure the company that you are considering doing business with is legitimate and reputable.

Non-Competition Agreement Violations:  If your former employee signed a non-competition agreement and you have reasonable grounds to believe they could be employed with a competitor or operating a competing business, we will carry out a surveillance to gather relevant evidence of their activities and to determine if they are soliciting and/or meeting any customers.

High-Risk Terminations:  We attend to your business premises, if you suspect an employee may pose a security risk after their termination.  We can also attend to the termination meeting as a witness and follow up with an exit strategy.

Audits/Mystery Shopping & Integrity Testing:  Are you looking to monitor your employees to evaluate their performance objectively?  We can pose as a customer to provide constructive feedback on our interaction.

Corporate Risk Investigations:  If you are considering purchasing or merging with a corporation, we will thoroughly investigate the company’s financial position, history, reputation, legal history, credit history, executives, key personnel, service and product delivery, so you can make an informed decision.

Internal Theft:  If you are experiencing a high-rate of inventory shrinkage, we will carry out the investigation to identify the cause of loss.  

Insurance Fraud Surveillance:   We are masters of surveillance, using the most sophisticated and advanced technology in our surveillance investigations, if you have a suspicious insurance claim.   Our equipment is the best in the industry with superior video quality dash camcorders that record at full 1080p, full HD, 30fps, with night vision, date and time stamped and a built-in GPS, so you can view the full mapping data of the surveillance.  We can send the video to you immediately by our iPhone, if time is of essence.   On foot, we use body video cameras  and pin hole cameras that capture clear shots of faces, activities, vehicles and license plate numbers. 

Corporate Surveillance Investigations:  If you suspect an employee’s benefits claim is not authentic and you have reasonable and probable grounds to believe so, we will carry out a surveillance during work hours to provide evidence of the employee’s activities, along with video footage, photographs and a detailed account of the surveillance.

Due Diligence Investigations:  We carry out investigative, cyber, financial, forensic, legal, compliance and supply chain due diligence to mitigate corporate risk and develop policies and procedures to manage emerging risks.

Fraud:  Internal and external, workers compensation, embezzlement, misappropriation, identity theft and online fraud.

Legal Investigations:   We assist clients by gathering relevant evidence for court purposes in civil matters, criminal defense, family matters, child custody and spousal support investigations.   We build cases for court.

Domestic Matters:  If you suspect your spouse, partner or significant other is having an extra-marital affair or cheating on you, we will carry out a discreet surveillance, using the latest technology in order to monitor their activities.

Missing Persons & Location Services:  We provide investigative services to locate individuals for family matters, court matters and missing persons.

Occupational Health and Safety Investigations:  We conduct investigations to ensure organizations are in compliance with statutory regulations, in contemplation of anticipated litigation and/or for the purposes of obtaining further legal advice.

Workplace Investigations and Incidents:  As part of our investigation, we collect the evidence, analyze the evidence, prepare a report and make specific recommendations for corrective or preventative action.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Corporate & Insurance Fraud Investigations in Manitoba.

At Duncan Investigations Inc., we act for major corporations and insurance companies to employ a special team of investigators with years of surveillance experience to follow our target and put them under surveillance for a number of days.  We conduct surveillance in order to determine the authenticity of an injury or sickness claim.  Our primary goal is to detect and identify false, misleading or exaggerated personal injury claims by means of a video surveillance investigation.  We also interview residents, neighbors, previous employers and carry out activity and reference checks.

We handle all types of fraud; such as: exaggerated personal injuries,  sickness, short and long-term disability, general liability, worker’s compensation and abuse.

Our surveillance equipment is the state of the art technology.  We employ the following types of equipment:

 Mobile Surveillance Video Dash Camcorders:

  • Superior Video Quality: record at full 1080p, full HD and 30fps with zoom in features and night vision.
  • Front and rear view recording, wide-angle of view;
  • WiFi Connectivity to view the clips on our iPhone wirelessly and send to our clients immediately, if time is of essence;
  • Date and time stamped;
  • Built-in GPS to view the full mapping data of the video footage, as well as speed;
  • Parking mode recording;
  • MP4 video format.

Foot surveillance Body Video Cameras:

  • Our body video cameras are equipped with full 2.7 HD Resolution and video sensors with night vision capability with date and time stamped video footage.
  • Video images capture clear shots of faces, vehicles and license plate numbers.

Wearable Hidden Button Video Cameras:

When we are conducting foot surveillance in the public domain, we use our small pin hole cameras that records high quality video images with sound activation, if necessary, and date and time stamp.

Our investigators have a combined total of more than 60 years of mobile and foot surveillance experience..  Our reports are meticulous.   We are extremely knowledgeable with respect to the provincial and federal privacy legislation, criminal code legislation, common-law and the Private Investigators and Security Guards Act. 

You may call us at (204) 233-3439 or email us at duncaninvestigations@mts.net.  Our web site address is http://www.duncaninvestigations.com.

 

 

 

 

Ferenczy vs. MCI Medical Clinics

The case of Ferenczy vs. MCI Medical Clinics was a decision rendered in the Ontario Superior Court by Justice Dawson.

This case involves a patient named D. Ferenczy.  She sued her doctor for professional negligence in the diagnosis and the treatment of a cyst located on the inner part of her left wrist. The procedure was carried out on February 17, 1999. The plaintiff, D. Ferenczy, claimed that as a result of the failed procedure, she was unable to hold small items for a long period of time with her left hand. She also claimed that she was unable to work and as a result, she suffered a loss of income.

The defendant, the doctor, disputed her claim. A private investigator was retained by the Canadian Medical Protective Association to dispute the credibility of the plaintiff’s evidence. The private investigator conducted a surveillance on Ms. Ferenczy and collected an eight minute video surveillance footage of Ms. Ferenczy holding a coffee cup at a coffee shop without any visible signs of physical impairment.  This investigation was carried out without Ms. Ferenczy’s consent.

The Issue and Court Ruling:

Whether or not the video tape could be admitted as evidence against Ms. Ferenczy as the Counsel for Ms.  Ferenczy argued that the taking of the video and its disclosure contravened the Personal Information and Protection of Electronics Act [PIPEDA], and therefore submitted the evidence rendered to be inadmissible.

The court ruled that the PIPEDA applies to personal information that is collected and disclosed for “commercial purposes”, and that defending a liability claim is not considered a commercial activity because the collection of the information is being used for the purposes of defending the doctor in a civil lawsuit. The court also ruled that the collection, use, and disclosure of the videotape would not contravene the PIPEDA on the basis that private investigators are acting as agents for their clients, and furthermore, Ms. Ferenczy implicitly consented to the collection of the videotape evidence when she filed the court action against the Defendant.  Justice Dawson further ruled that the collection of the videotape is related to the investigation of a claim, and therefore ruled the videotape evidence tendered at trial be admissible.

Duncan Investigations Inc. is a licensed, bonded, private investigation firm in Manitoba.  We  conduct surveillance investigations for court purposes.  We act on behalf of insurance companies, adjusters, corporations, businesses,  associations, families and individuals.

We can be reached at (204) 233-3439 or toll free at 1-877-233-2002.  Our web site address is http://www.duncaninvestigations.com.  Our email address is duncaninvestigations@mts.net

 

The Discovery of an Affair – The Affair Snare

Affairs are never planned.  They usually happen when two people are in an environment when they spend considerable time together which can occur at the office, during extra-curricular activities, with friends, conferences or outings with friends.    Within all of these connections, there is one thing that is very common.  Affairs are very discreet.

Elaine, not her real name of course was a middle-aged woman.   She had been married to her husband for thirty years.  It was a difficult marriage and like most marriages,  it was not perfect.

Elaine was a stay-at-home mom that enjoyed raising her three children, all of whom were married with children of their own.   Elaine and her husband lived in a modest home in the city.    Her husband was on the road frequently for his business.  When he was not on the road, they were heavily involved in their church activities.

One day, when Elaine was going through her husband’s drawer, she noticed some unusual transactions on his credit card statements.  These transactions seemed to be consistent over time but she was unable to connect the business to any legitimate business while carrying out her own detective work.   She had suspicions that her husband was having an affair, but had no proof.  Their intimacy was non-existent.

Elaine struggled with the thought of him having an affair and when she asked him outright, he denied it and told her that she was crazy.   Elaine was not crazy.  When we began our investigation, the entity on the credit card was listed to one of the sleazy massage parlours in the city.   So we carried on and discovered that her husband was a regular customer.   He visited the parlour in the early morning hours.   We do not know what went on behind the closed doors, but we later met with Elaine to report our findings and evidence.   She was devastated and felt a tremendous sense of betrayal which is very common. There was more devastating news.    When Elaine saw the doctor, she was diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease.   She said she was loyal to her spouse throughout the marriage but it would appear that a mistake in one or more encounters, affected her life forever.  She later divorced him.

It is not unusual to experience anger in the healing process.   This is quite common.  Mistresses or sexual partners are never special people because the relationship is built upon discreet encounters behind doors.  It is not a real relationship because real relationships are based on trust and love.   Don’t blame yourself but learn to stand on your own feet and consider all the wonderful blessings in your life and you decide what is good for you.

iPhone and Android Data Recovery and Discovery Investigations.

Is your spouse sleeping with their iPhone?  Do they take their iPhone with them to the shower?    Are they discreetly texting all hours in the presence of family members, spending hours at the computer when you are sleeping?  Are they saying they are working late but when you drive by the office, the car is not at the usual spot.   Has your sexual intimacy decreased or possibly increased and has your spouse learned some new moves?  Has their personal hygiene improved?  Are they looking really good?  Have they lost a considerable amount of weight?  Are they buying new clothes?  Are they working out more?  When they come home, do you smell a different cologne or perfume on their clothes?  Are you receiving unusual hang-up calls at home from a private number?  Has their behavior changed drastically?   Do you have an unusual intuition that something is not right in your relationship?  Do they become angry and defensive when you confront your spouse if they are having an affair? Has your best friend been avoiding you and is not answering your calls?  Is your partner distancing themselves from the relationship or marriage at home?   Are they spending a considerable amount of time outside the home at certain times during the week?   These are some of the tell-tale signs of an affair.

We will investigate and retrieve all data and images from their phone at a reasonable price.   This includes any deleted data.   We do require the written consent of the person that has ownership of the iPhone or Android Phone.