Fraud Investigations    

Statement Analysis was originally developed to reveal indicators of deception in both oral and written communication by highlighting subconscious conflicts that manifest themselves in the way we chose our words.
Techniques We Employ

When a subject causes emotional stress, we sub-consciously alter the way in which we refer to that subject. It can aid investigation in the following ways:

1. Speed up the investigation by interviewing many subjects by means of a Statement Analysis Questionnaire

IInstead of having to interview dozens of subjects in multi-subject scenario's to obtain information they might have concerning the matter under investigation; the Forensic Statement Analysis Questionnaire allows you to do this in a fraction of the time. These questionnaires can be adapted to deal with any type of investigation as indicated below. The questionnaires are handed out by Fraud investigation or Corporate investigation staff to any and all subject's who may be able to provide information relating to the investigation. These questionnaires can be completed in the subject’s own time at home or immediately upon receipt. It is not necessary for the investigator to be present when they are being completed. The questionnaires can then be collected and delivered to us for evaluation and analysis. The analysis can be geared to identify potential suspects among those who completed the questionnaires and can also provide a valuable collation of information provided by those who completed them.

2. Do away with time wasting wild geese chases in fraud investigation through quick and accurate identification of perpetrators.

Using Statement Analysis techniques, we will provide you with an indication of who the investigation should focus on and who need not be included in the further investigation. This includes indicating which persons should be interviewed for further information and which subjects should be treated as potential suspects. It is often possible to indicate with certainty the subjects who are involved in the matter under investigation. Statement Analysis is now regularly used as an alternative to Polygraphing.

3. Get up to 80% more information from subjects by tapping into their subconscious communication patterns.

When subjects involved in criminal activities relate their version of events at the time of the incident, they are continuously providing subconscious clues to other information that they may be unwilling to speak openly about. These subconscious clues provide roadmaps for fraud investigation, in fact any investigation that help us to uncover the suppressed information. In every communication, there are a host of indicators revealing what has not been said and what the subject would rather avoid speaking of. We will pick up on these indicators and tell you what the subject is trying to hide and therewith provide you the opportunity to expose this information in subsequent interviews with the relevant subject.

4. Determine the reliability of information provided in investigation by any subject.

A question asked by every investigator is whether the information provided during a fraud investigation or other investigation is reliable or not? Is he telling me the truth or not? Send us the statement/report or tape recording and we will provide you with a report of what parts of the communication are reliable and which not. We can also indicate to you what levels of stress are being experiencing by the subject in the different parts of the communication.

5. Radically reduce the cost of polygraphing.

Use Forensic Investigation Questionnaires to accurately determine who should be polygraphed and who not. Through the techniques of Statement Analysis we will indicate which subjects should be polygraphed and which need not be polygraphed. In multi-subject scenario's, this results in tremendous savings to the client. Polygraphing is an expensive technique and should, according to experienced investigators, be kept as a last resort to finalise the case and not as an attempt to cut corners in the investigation. Polygraphing is also extremely limited and expensive when employed as an information-gathering tool, whereas Statement Analysis is ideal for gathering information. Polygraphing is finally, very invasive and many subjects complain bitterly at having to be connected to wires and machines. Writing it all down is a far less intimidating prospect – and infinitely more revealing.