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Investigating healthcare choices

As private investigators, we’ve helped attorneys evaluate potential healthcare fraud claims against nursing homes, hospitals, physicians and other providers over the years. The vast majority of this research involves examining information already made public by state and federal agencies. But this information isn’t just for legal and healthcare professionals. It’s made ...

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Do the principles of private investigator ethics hold up in the Trump era?

Only Philip Becnel could write such a stimulating article about investigative ethics. In his Pursuit Magazine feature, called “Re-examining Private Investigator Ethics in a Divided Political Era,” our managing partner divulged a never-before-reported piece of news relevant to the Trump/Russia investigation and provided a tantalizing forecast into his new novel, ...

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Philip Becnel published a novel!

Our managing partner, Philip Becnel, published a sensational novel set in modern-day America. An homage to The Monkey Wrench Gang, a book penned by Edward Abbey in the 1970’s, Freedom City is set in the months after President Trump dies from a stroke. It tells the tale of four oddballs ...

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Philip Becnel quoted by Snopes

Managing Partner Philip Becnel was quotes in a Snopes article concerning a lawsuit filed by Rod Wheeler over a since-debunked Fox News story. The original story alleged that murdered Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich might have been responsible for hacking of DNC emails before the 2016 presidential election, despite ...

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Spotlighting holes in online records access in Virginia

From traffic tickets to murder convictions, we mine online court records across the United States for clients. But for routine matters, one shouldn’t have to hire a private investigator just to look up a court case. This information ought to be accessible to everyone. Unfortunately, it’s not. Blame a patchwork ...

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Philip Becnel quoted by CNN regarding Trump “leak”

After a former MI-6 intelligence officer who is now a corporate investigator in the United Kingdom exposed possible blackmail by the Russian government against President-elect Donald Trump, there has been increased focus on these types of firms and how they operate. The report, citing sources who claim the Russians have ...

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Opening for administrative assistant

Our firm has an immediate opening for an administrative assistant. Legal, criminal justice, or journalism background is desirable. You must have a bachelor’s degree and at least two years experience working in an office setting. The duties include: professional handling of clients on phone, coordinating and scheduling client interviews, case setup and ...

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Franklin Frye Died in Custody After Serving 45 Years Over a $20 Necklace

When Jim McElhatton left The Washington Times to join Dinolt Becnel & Wells Investigative Group as an investigator in early 2015, he pledged to keep his hand in journalism by writing an occasional freelance article on important topics that interest him. Last summer he published “Invisible Tape,” about a man convicted ...

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Former police detective Joe Belfiore was quoted in Washington City Paper

Joe Belfiore was quoted in an article in the Washington City Paper article, called “The Other Side of Police Chief Cathy Lanier’s Legacy.” The article was a follow-up article to “The Thinned Blue Line,” which cited the former D.C. Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) detective as one among many seasoned police officers who have left the ...

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Property management magazine publishes our case studies

Philip Becnel and Joe Belfiore published an article, titled “Turning Around Crime-Plagued Properties,” in The Property Professional, a bimonthly magazine published by the National Property Management Association. “For the multi-family owner or manager, resolving a pest infestation is almost a professional rite of passage,” begins the article’s summary. “But when the pests ...

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Top-notch investigative series mentions our work combatting residency fraud

Our firm was mentioned in an article published by The Daily Caller News Foundation titled “DC Not Interested In Stopping Maryland Fraudsters Stealing Its Schools.” The article, which is the third such article in a six-part series, begins, “District of Columbia public school officials have allowed Maryland residents to face no punishment ...

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Joe Belfiore featured in the Washington City Paper

A recent Washington City Paper article, called “The Thinned Blue Line,” featured a former D.C. Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) detective named Joe Belfiore, who joined the growing ranks of officers who left the department. The article describes a mass exodus of seasoned officers, disillusioned with the increasingly stats-driven and punitive ...

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National Law Journal named us “Best Private Investigations Provider” of 2016

We’re thrilled to announce that Dinolt Becnel & Wells Investigative Group LLC has been named the “Best Private Investigations Provider” of 2016 by the National Law Journal! There are a lot of private investigators in the United States, and Washington, D.C. in particular—famous for its per capita population of attorneys—is a crowded place for ...

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Remembering an attorney who was an unsung champion of civil rights

As the nation pays tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s memory today, long-forgotten papers buried in the rich historical archives in the nation’s capital tell the story of a man who kept him free for his most important civil rights work. Today, few know of Chicago civil rights attorney William ...

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Accolades for “When Your Lover is a Liar”

Philip Becnel’s July 2015 article, “When Your Lover is a Liar,” was ranked one of the “Top 10 Pursuit Magazine Stories of 2015.” According to the magazine, a self-described “online community of professional sleuths,” their stories were ranked by using an algorithm based upon reader participation (e.g., clicks, comments, shares). Philip’s ...

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