Case Studies

Internal Corporate Investigations

  • A prominent international organization retained our attorneys and investigators to conduct an internal investigation after learning that confidential documents and information had been misappropriated and leaked. Our scope of work included determining the extent and circumstances of the breach and conducting a security audit to assist the client in improving its document and IT management systems. In the course of our investigation, we captured and searched terabytes of data from the entity’s file and exchange servers, analyzed financial records and materials published by individuals believed to have received misappropriated documents, and interviewed witnesses. The investigation and audit were supervised by our attorneys, who ensured compliance with legal and client-driven privacy considerations and provided legal counsel to the client through privileged communications and work product while ensuring that privilege was maintained over applicable portions of the investigation. Our deliverables included a comprehensive report and presentation of our findings and recommendations to the organization’s board, which included a factual narrative detailing how certain individuals misappropriated and leaked proprietary documents and information.
  • On behalf of company in the health care industry, we uncovered and documented misconduct by an employee who had misappropriated confidential information. In the course of our investigation, we lawfully searched email accounts and developed a comprehensive profile of the subject employee, which uncovered significant financial liabilities and previously unknown ties to an individual who had been in litigation with our client.
  • IGI assisted a major law firm in an internal investigation of a high-profile management scandal at a Fortune 500 corporation. Our work included performing searches for assets of executives suspected of abusing the company’s relocation benefits program, forensically capturing and searching electronic messages and files on their company-owned computers, and assisting in provision of subpoenaed documents to prosecutors.
  • A major commercial real estate company received an anonymous tip alleging improper payments to contractors. IGI assisted the company by discreetly identifying and securing the cooperation of the tipster, then gathering information from him through interviews and analysis of documents and information he provided. We managed the ensuing internal investigation, including forensic accounting analysis to develop leads provided by the tipster, interviewing the employee involved in the suspected fraud and referring the matter to law enforcement.
  • We were retained by a national labor union that, along with its leadership, was being unfairly criticized by an anonymous website and online newsletter. The union’s leadership suspected that the party responsible for the anonymous online content could be a local official, and that the activity violated union rules. Our investigation included analyzing the source code of the anonymous website and newsletters and other cyber investigative techniques. Through extensive public records research, IGI researchers uncovered additional evidence implicating a certain official. Ultimately, IGI was able to link the anonymous online content to one particular elected leader.
  • Officials of a foreign state-owned company were accused of accepting millions of dollars of bribes and kickbacks from purported agents and intermediaries outside the company. IGI performed an internal investigation in the foreign country, located and interviewed the purported agents and intermediaries in the foreign country and in the United States, and gathered evidence including sworn witness affidavits that conclusively refuted the allegations. Furthermore, IGI traced the false accusations back to a propaganda campaign by political opponents of the head of the foreign government.
  • The Board of Directors of United Way of America (UWA) retained IGI to conduct an extensive internal investigation into allegations that the organization’s president had engaged in inappropriate behavior, including improper expenditures and misuse of the national charity’s funds. IGI reviewed, analyzed and audited voluminous internal financial and accounting records, conducted an outside investigation into a series of business entities and relationships, and conducted scores of interviews with current and former UWA employees and outside sources. Based on its findings, IGI made extensive recommendations to the charity’s board to address and correct the existing problems, as well as to improve internal procedures and overall management systems. IGI’s findings, released to the public by the United Way board, helped stop an erosion of public confidence in the institution, allowed the organization to address the concerns of its membership, and prepared it for a series of regulatory and law enforcement inquiries regarding the activities of its former top officers. IGI testified on behalf of the U.S. Government in its criminal prosecution of the former UWA officers, who were convicted in April 1995.
  • A Dubai-based commercial bank turned to an IGI team to conduct an internal probe after the bank’s risk managers received reports from scores of customers complaining of unauthorized ATM withdrawals from their accounts. IGI debriefed the bank’s risk managers, interviewed bank employees and customers, viewed bank surveillance tapes and reviewed ATM transaction records. We collected evidence and secured the confession of a senior bank manager to uncover and identify the perpetrators of a sophisticated international identity theft, ATM card counterfeiting and money laundering ring that spanned Europe, the Middle East and southwest Asia.
  • A U.S. bank with embassy and foreign government banking business was embroiled in a scandal related to money laundering for heads of state and officials of foreign governments. At the time IGI was brought into the case, U.S. government agencies and the bank’s auditors had already conducted investigations. IGI was retained by the bank’s outside counsel to independently review the scope of the findings of the previous probes and to identify and investigate additional concerns.
  • For the Board of Trustees of the New York State Teamsters Funds, IGI conducted a months-long internal investigation into the integrity of claims payment systems. Through interviews, document review and computer forensics, IGI identified a ring of claims processing employees who had exploited vulnerabilities in the Funds’ accounting and computer systems to embezzle substantial sums, by filing fabricated and duplicated medical benefits and insurance claims for reimbursement or payment to themselves and to outside co-conspirators. The Board of Trustees referred IGI’s findings to criminal prosecutors.