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How to research your relatives’ military history

About a year ago, a nonprofit group turned to us for help finding family members of deceased veterans who came into contact with Agent Orange, a highly toxic herbicide used during the Vietnam War. In these sorts of cases, investigative databases only help so much because some veterans died decades ...

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Private Investigator selflessly fought for transparency

Tonight, at a funeral home in Michigan, family, friends and colleagues of journalist and private investigator Pat Clawson will  pay their respects to the 60-year-old who died last week. A few years back, Pat called me when I was working as a reporter. He urged me – to put it mildly ...

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What baseball can teach you about hiring a private investigator

The baseball Post Season is about to begin, and we can’t think of a more fitting time to announce that we filled our recent investigator opening! We realize this seems like a non sequitur, but bear with us. Hiring a new person is an arduous process for every company, but the task ...

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We have an investigator opening!

Do you have a voracious appetite for information and an aptitude for figuring out unfamiliar concepts, and are you an exceptional writer? If so, you might be who we’re looking for! Dinolt Becnel & Wells Investigative Group LLC is actively seeking candidates to fill a new investigator position in our Arlington ...

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Dinolt Becnel & Wells Investigative Group LLC launches new website!

It’s hard to think of a more fitting day than Labor Day to officially announce the launch of our new website. We live in an era when many types of services are becoming automated, and some people are even attempting to market investigative services through an app. When we were ...

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Philip Becnel was quoted in Pursuit Magazine.

Our managing partner, Philip Becnel, was quoted in an article in Pursuit Magazine, a trade publication for private investigators. The article, called “Should We Trust Trustify?” states: When it comes to Trustify, one of the dominant voices of skepticism comes from Philip Becnel, a partner with the D.C. firm Dinolt Becnel & ...

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Philip Becnel published an article in Law.com.

Philip Becnel, our managing partner, published an article in Law.com called, “Can Investigations be Uber-ized?” The article is a critique of start-up Trustify, which offers investigations for cheap through an app interface. Philip is a regular contributor to Law.com. Here is an excerpt from the article: As it happened, the whole exercise ...

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Our managing partner was quoted in The Washington Post.

Philip Becnel appeared in an article in The Washington Post called, “Was your spouse on Ashley Madison? A new breed of private eye is ready to help.” The article was about plans by a company called Trustify to capitalize on the hack of a company that offered dating services for married people ...

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Philip Becnel in Campus Security Report

Partner Philip Becnel published an article in Campus Security Report, in which he recommends steps that college administrators can do to minimize the harm caused by occasional false accusations of sexual assault. The article is called, “Take 3 steps to create a fair process to investigate sexual assault.” ...

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Philip Becnel was interviewed for an article in The Washington Post

Partner Philip Becnel was interviewed for an article in The Washington Post regarding a D.C. start-up that purports to be the Uber of the private investigations industry. Here is an excerpt of the article: Phil Becnel, a D.C.-based private investigator, predicted that Trustify will struggle, and he said there has been some ...

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Partner Philip Becnel at Nevada’s CALI Conference

Partner Philip Becnel gave two lectures about the proper way to document a private investigation to members of the California Association of Licensed Investigators at their annual conference in Reno, Nevada. Philip’s lectures were named after one of his books, Principles of Investigative Documentation. ...

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Partner Philip Becnel in TheStreet

Partner Philip Becnel was quoted as an expert in an article in TheStreet called, “IRS Attacks Reveal Criminal Data Gathering at Scale Never Seen, Experts Say.” ...

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