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Case Study: Helping Retail Stores Fight Fraud

When Jeff Schneider started as the Senior Manager of Liability in 2011 at a large Southeast grocery store chain, the company was suffering from an excessive amount of fraud, along with the financial costs associated with that fraud. Fraud is a crime that has a cost born by everyone, including both the company and its customers. He knew that the stores were losing money, and were being forced to pass some of those costs on to the consumer. It was a problem that needed to be addressed, and quickly. Schneider chose to bring the Brumell Group forward to take up the task.

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Investigative Principles We Live By

When it comes to fraud consulting, SIU management, compliance and investigations, it’s important to remember the high place that ethics and principles have in the process. At the Brumell Group, we consider ourselves in good company in this respect. Across the board, independent investigation firms just like ours are working diligently to ensure that justice is an attainable goal and fraud is accurately caught.

At our firm, we have a core list of these principles that we live and work by. Although these principles may be common in our industry, they are very personal to us, and we take them seriously.

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What is Catastrophe Fraud?

Catastrophe fraud occurs when there has been a natural or man-made disaster. Those that are insured need help quickly, and insurance companies respond fast to all claims to ensure the safety and wellness of the people they cover. Catastrophe fraud comes in several forms, but essentially it means that people are taking advantage of insurance companies when a natural or man-made disaster occurs.

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The Purpose and Process of Pre-Employment Screenings: New White Paper Available

Do you know how much a bad hire could cost you or your company? It can be tempting for businesses to skip the background investigations in certain situations, but it is never recommended. With nearly half of resumes including some kind of discrepancy, pre-employment screenings are vital for any business that values security, capital and morale.

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S.I.B. Approach: Evaluating the Merit of a Claim

The success of properly processing an insurance claim requires due diligence/fiduciary duty as an insurance professional to evaluate each claim by conducting a preliminary investigation. We have found time and time again that using the SIB (Statement, Index [ISO], Background) approach to start an investigation yields the most useful and effective results. Following this preliminary approach ensures the most accurate results are obtained.

With the results obtained from the SIB portion of the claims investigation, we form a partnership that acts on these results in the most appropriate ways, such as investigating red flags more thoroughly, digging deeper into a person or entity’s background forming a plan of action to achieve cost effectiveness.

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The Self Administered Interview

Investigators face a serious challenge when an incident occurs: eyewitness memory recollection. There could be numerous eyewitnesses, any of which may hold potentially vital information about the perpetrators and incident itself. To address this issue, the Self-Administered Interview (SAI) was developed.

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