Unit VIII Essay

Unit VIII Essay

UnitVIII Essay

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UnitVIII Essay

Someof the interview questions for Mr. Smith would be Mr. Smith, what isyour relationship with Mr. Dume other than the partnership deal ofthe real estate? Did you in anyway whatsoever find time to discoverif Mr. Dume was a legitimate businessman in the real estate industry?Was the money you gave Mr. Dume for the real estate insured? If notwhy? How did you acquire your wealth Mr. Smith? Have you ever beenconned? Or funded a fraudulent scheme before? Why did it your wifeconvince you to report this matter to us? What is the source of yourfinancial wealth? What is your intention with Mr. Dume once weapprehend him? Is it to get back your investment money or end hisscheming ways? Are you a legitimate businessman? Did you take thetime to know if Dume Real Estate Investment Company is a registeredcompany? Why did you decide to come to use rather than approach thePublic Land authority on the real estate deal? How would you classifyyour marriage? (Swanson,Chamelin, Territo &amp Taylor, 2012).

Collectingdocumentation would serve as physical evidence. For example, bankstatements from Mr. Smith’s bank account as proof of withdrawalsand payment to Dume Real Estate Investment Company. Financialevidence is the most important documentation in this case because itproofs the authenticity of Mr. Smith’s testimony towards thedetective. Collect the handwritten testimony and claims of Mr. Smithas proof that all he said in the presence of the criminal detectiveis true to his knowledge (Swanson,Chamelin, Territo &amp Taylor, 2012).This serves as a legitimate copy of evidence that is admissible in acourt of law, if Mr. Dume is to be charged with fraud or corruption.In addition, the testimony of the Mr. Smith’s wife will also becollected as proof that she was presented during the meeting whereher husband and Mr. Dume agreed to raise funds as partners topurchase the real estate and sell it to companies at a profit.Confiscate the video footage of the restaurant at the time of meetingbetween Mr. Smith and Mr. Dume. Documenting the video surveillancewill serve as physical evidence and proof that the claims asserted byMr. Smith are true. Advanced technology has made it possible forinvestigators to retrieve voice recordings of the video hence thedetective can hear the conversation between the two real estatepartners. However, for the video footage to be admissible in court,the investigators will have to seek a court order for it to beconsidered legitimate (Swanson,Chamelin, Territo &amp Taylor, 2012).

Thecourse of the investigation would be incomplete without the testimonyof Mr. Dume the accused partner. Therefore, his interview would beconducted once all forms of evidence is collected so that all of itis presented before him during his interview and interrogation withthe detectives. As professional detectives it is important tointerview Mr. Dume in the soonest time possible to avoid thepossibility of him learning that he is being investigated for fraud.Hence, the interview period between Mr. Smith and Mr. Dume should notbe more than 24hours. This allows investigators maintain anonymityand the ‘upper hand’ because Mr. Dume will be completely unawareof why he is being investigated or questioned by detectives.I wouldinvestigate other people in this case (Swanson,Chamelin, Territo &amp Taylor, 2012).For instance, both their wives are considered as ‘accessories tothe crime’ until proven otherwise especially for Mr. Dume’s wife.The fact that the wives were present during the agreement at therestaurant suggests that there is a possibility they knew what washappening. Moreover, employees of the Dume Real Estate InvestmentCompany will be subjected to interviews to provide information anddetails of their employer’s business transactions and real estatedeals. Their testimonies and statement will serve as the landmarkevidence to the case because in criminal law there is a saying thatgoes, “ifthe criminal has done it once, he/she has done it before.”Also, the financial manager of the company will be expected toprovide documentations of the firm’s financial transactions for thepast year (Swanson,Chamelin, Territo &amp Taylor, 2012).Due to the sensitivity of the case, I would contact financialforensic experts and professionals to determine if the monetarytransaction between Mr. Smith and Mr. Dume existed and was genuine.Their help would provide closure to the case because they would be ina position to trace Mr. Smith’s money trail once he send paymentsto Mr. Dume. Plus, they would trail the source of the initial capitaland all the financial transactions of Dume Real Estate InvestmentCompany for all the years it has been operational. Immediately afterall evidence against him is collected then the next approach would beto interview him presenting all the physical evidence gathered duringthe investigation. I would charge him with attempting to acquiremoney from Mr. Smith through fraudulent means. Mr. Smith is thevictim of this crime and I would help him by educating him on theimportance of undertaking personal and financial background checksfor individuals as well as the company’s track record from pastclients and employees (Swanson,Chamelin, Territo &amp Taylor, 2012).

Fraudvictims usually suffer psychological effects of mental, emotional andphysical harm and anguish. Some of the emotional impact on the victimis the loss of trust, self-guilt, shame, depression, isolation,social stigma, and loss of self-esteem and personal dignity. In thecase of Mr. Smith, since he is 60years old he is bound to suffer fromdementia or Alzheimer’s disease due to the mental break-up heendured during the entire ordeal of investigations and interviews.People are reluctant to report fraud victimization because it is anembarrassing and shameful criminal act to report to law enforcementagencies since it shows how financially greedy the victim is or howthe victim is susceptible to ‘get rich quick’ schemes (Swanson,Chamelin, Territo &amp Taylor, 2012).

References

Swanson,C. R., Chamelin, N. C., Territo, L., &amp Taylor, R. W. (2012).Criminalinvestigation (11thed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.