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Utah Private Investigator Scott Fulmer

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From the Crossroads of the West in Historic Salt Lake City, discover the top private investigator podcast. Follow the real-life exploits, investigative tips and insightful advice of 30-year veteran Private Investigator Scott Fulmer. Scott interviews private investigators, reviews equipment and tells stories of his true-life cases. He is the principal at Intermountain PI and author of the acclaimed true crime memoir, Confessions of a Private Eye, now on Amazon. The Intermountain PI is heard Tuesdays on Apple, Google, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts. Subscribe today and never miss an episode. Be sure to give us a 5-star rating and review and tell your friends and co-workers about the show. Send comments and questions to podcast@intermountainpi.com. Until next time, this is Private Investigator Scott Fulmer reminding you the game…is afoot!

Latest Episodes

PI Education and Tennessee Private Investigator Hal Humphreys

INTERMOUNTAIN PI| EP. 31 | 1/28/2020 | PI EDUCATION AND TENNESSEE PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR HAL HUMPHREYS As a private investigator it’s easy to get stuck in the endless cycle of work. In particular, the daily minutiae of phone calls and reports. Or dealing with difficult clients. You can spend so much time working on your business, that you fail to work on yourself. In other words, reading books and watching webinars. As well as listening to podcasts or becoming a CFE or CLI. Jim Rohn said, “Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.” This week on the Intermountain PI: continuing education for private investigators. With Hal Humphreys. The one guy that’s made it his mission in life. My topic this week is PI Education and Tennessee private investigator Hal Humphreys of Nashville. To begin with, Hal and I talk about continuing education for private investigators. Aside from operating Find Investigations, Hal has a passion for helping private inves...

44 MINJAN 28
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PI Education and Tennessee Private Investigator Hal Humphreys

5 Ways Private Investigators Accept Client Payments

INTERMOUNTAIN PI PODCAST| EP. 30 | 1/21/2020 | 5 WAYS PRIVATE INVESTIGATORS ACCEPT CLIENT PAYMENTS Utah private investigator Scott Fulmer with 5 ways private investigators accept client payments. Business magnate and philanthropist Sir Richard Branson said, “Never take your eyes off the cash flow because it’s the lifeblood of business.” In fact, businesses fail for one reason and one reason only: Lack of cash. Cash is king. To rephrase a quote made popular in the City of the Big Shoulders: Get paid early and get paid often. Let’s talk about the 5 ways private investigators accept client payments. Obviously, there are more than five ways. But the goal is to give your client plenty of ways to put their money in your pocket. TRACKOPS: CASE MANAGEMENT MADE EASY Speaking of getting paid, Trackops has ways to keep your cash flow, well…flowing. Trackops is a powerful investigation management platform. In fact, it’s used by companies of all sizes and in countries all around the world....

7 MINJAN 21
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5 Ways Private Investigators Accept Client Payments

Florida Private Investigators Mark and Wendy Murnan

INTERMOUNTAIN PI PODCAST| EP. 29 | 1/14/2020 | FLORIDA PRIVATE INVESTIGATORS MARK AND WENDY MURNAN Utah private investigator Scott Fulmer interviews Mark and Wendy Murnan. Mark jokingly says his job involves sitting in a car, drinking coffee and asking stupid questions. As it turns out, it requires a lot more than that. Along with his wife Wendy, they own Complete Legal Investigations. But you probably recognize the Murnan’s from their Youtube channel, Investigators in Cars Drinking Coffee. They produce short videos about the private investigation industry. Plus, videos of them drinking coffee, celebrating Cinco de Mayo and dressing up as pirates. Really. MARK J. MURNAN, CFE, CLI, PRESIDENT OF COMPLETE LEGAL INVESTIGATIONS. Mark is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. Not to mention a former staff investigator for the Federal Public Defender in Florida. As a matter of fact, he has over 35 years investigative experience in the public and private sectors. In fact he’s assisted attorneys...

33 MINJAN 14
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Florida Private Investigators Mark and Wendy Murnan

Bill Flanagan, Wrongful Convictions and the Cal Harris Acquittal

INTERMOUNTAIN PI PODCAST| EP. 28 | JANUARY 7, 2020 | BILL FLANAGAN, WRONGFUL CONVICTIONS AND THE CAL HARRIS ACQUITTAL On the morning of September 11, 2001, the Islamic terrorist group, al-Qaeda struck several targets in the U.S., including New York City. As a result, it was the deadliest terrorist attack in U.S. history. Later that very same night, about 224 miles away in upstate New York, 35-year-old, Michelle Harris, finished her shift at Lefty’s, a popular burger and beer joint. Michelle wasa petite, blond mother of four going through a divorce with her husband, Cal Harris. Later, on the morning of September 12th, the Harris’ nanny discovered Michelle’s van. It was parked at the bottom of the driveway, a short distance from the Harris’ home. Additionally, it was unlocked and the keys were still in the ignition. That was 19 years ago. Since that time, the body of Michelle Harris has never been found. BILL FLANAGAN, WRONGFUL CONVICTIONS AND THE ACQUITTAL OF CAL HARRIS My guest ...

52 MINJAN 7
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Bill Flanagan, Wrongful Convictions and the Cal Harris Acquittal

35 of the Best Marketing Tips for Private Investigators

Intermountain PIPodcast| Utah Private Investigator Scott Fulmer | Ep. 27 | December 10, 2019 | 35 of the Best Marketing Tips for Private Investigators The late poet Maya Angelou once said, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Ms. Angelou could’ve taught a masters class on marketing. Everythingis marketing. Everything. From how you answer the telephone to what you wear to meet a client. You’re sending a message. I know it’s the slow season for private investigators. Clients are on vacation, budgets are all but expended. People are happy and putting off that divorce until next year. Rather than face the inevitable feast or famine common from Thanksgiving through New Years day, you should get busy marketing. Never accept this time of year as ‘the slow season.’ Speaking of marketing, Trackops can help you keep your clients organized which will also help with your marketing. TRA...

16 MIN2019 DEC 10
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35 of the Best Marketing Tips for Private Investigators

Arizona Private Investigators Emilio and Rianne Maldonado

Intermountain PI Podcast| Utah Private Investigator Scott Fulmer | Ep. 26 | December 3, 2019 | Arizona Private Investigators Emilio and Rianne Maldonado He was a U.S. Navy veteran before becoming a police officer in a small town in Southern California. She worked in the mortgage industry and was a paralegal. Throughout the years he expressed to her an interest in starting a private investigation company. When he brought it up she would smile and nod. However, after he retired from the police department it eventually became a reality. In fact, on the day he told her he was ready to do it, she actually laughed. Her only exposure to the mysterious and shadowy world of private eyes was what she saw on television or in the movies. Visions of Burberry trench coats, soft wool felt fedoras and hanging out in smoky bars late into the night filled her imagination. Yet, that’s exactly what came to pass. Eventually it became a family affair. Meet Arizona Private Investigators Emilio and Rianne Maldonado. Together, Arizona Private Investigators Emilio and Rianne Maldonado formed Blackhorse Investigations in Tucson, Arizona several years ago. Indeed, if the Maldonado’s sound familiar, it’s because they were featured in a recent issue of PI Magazine. They were able to match a Purple Heart medal mistakenly donated to Goodwill with the family of the sailor. By the way, the Purple Heart is a U.S. Military decoration awarded to those wounded or killed in action. I’m going to ask the Maldonado’s about his, but first… TRACKOPS: CASE MANAGEMENT MADE EASY It’s hard to believe but I started in the PI business before the popularity of cell phones, email and even the internet. Each day I had to call my boss on a landline or at a payphone to communicate. In fact, I would struggle to take copious notes as he relayed all the case information to me. Of course, with Trackopsassigning work to an investigator is very simple. To explain, you simply click on the assign tab and add an investigator to the case. It’s that easy. The investigator can even print out a PDF document containing all the case information. Clearly, Trackops is a powerful investigation management platform. In fact, it’s used by companies of all sizes and in countries all around the world. With features designed for managing every aspect of a PI agency, Trackops has the tools to streamline your operation from intake to invoice. At least give Trackops a try. You can do so free, right now, for 15 days by signing up at Trackops.com. Also, mention that you heard about it on the Intermountain PI Podcast. Trackops will give you 10% off of your base subscription price. Trackops. Case management made easy! INTERMOUNTAIN PI PODCAST | UTAH PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR SCOTT FULMER At Blackhorse Investigations, the Maldonado’s specialize in Workplace Investigations. Including wrongful termination litigation support, internal investigations, employee misconduct interviews and retaliation investigations. So take a listen to the podcast and get to know the Maldonados. And when you need a private investigator in Utah, call Intermountain PI. Until next time, this is Utah Private Investigator Scott Fulmer reminding you the game…is afoot!

33 MIN2019 DEC 4
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Arizona Private Investigators Emilio and Rianne Maldonado

The Downfall of Private Investigator Christopher Butler

Intermountain PI Podcast| Utah Private Investigator Scott Fulmer | Ep. 25 | November 26, 2019 | The Downfall ofPrivateInvestigator Christopher Butler Like any profession, the private investigation industry has its share of bad eggs. And he was no exception. According to the radio program,This American Life, the police accused him of selling crystal meth and marijuana seized from police evidence lockers. Although the state would go on to drop the charges,he eventually pled guilty to federal charges of robbery, extortion and conspiracy. He was sentenced to eight years in federal prison. This week…a morality tale of drugs, dirty D.U.I’s, sexy soccer moms and Chris Butler; a California private investigator gone bad. In 2010 Chris Butler invited a journalist fromDiablo Magazine, to accompany him on a surveillance ride along. In the hopes that the journalist would do a story about Butler’s Concord, California private investigation firm. A firm, by the way, staffed solely by sexy soccer moms. The company had been featured on Dr. Phil, The Today Show and the local Bay Area news. In addition, a reality television show with Lifetime was in the early planning stages. TRACKOPS: CASE MANAGEMENT MADE EASY! Speaking of planning stages, are you still keeping track of your case load on a spreadsheet, or worse, on the back of a manilla folder? If so, consider usingTrackops. It’s a powerful investigation management platform used by companies of all sizes and in countries all around the world. With features designed for managing every aspect of a PI agency, Trackops has the tools to streamline your operation from intake to invoice. One of the features I like about Trackops is the ability to send invoice reminders. Let’s face it. Client don’t always pay in a timely manner. Enter Trackops. You can customize up to three separate reminders to go out on specific dates that you choose. Right nowyou can try Trackops free for 15 days by signing up at Trackops.com. Also, mention that you heard about it on the Intermountain PI Podcast. Trackops will give you 10% off of your base subscription price. Trackops. Case management made easy! Pete Crooks was the Bay area journalist for Diablo Magazine that accompanied Butler on the surveillance ride along. In due time his short article would became the basis for Crooks’ 2015 book, The Setup: A True Story of Dirty Cops, Soccer Moms and Reality TV. You can find it on Amazon in hardback, Kindle and

6 MIN2019 NOV 26
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The Downfall of Private Investigator Christopher Butler

Connecticut Private Investigator John Hoda The PI Coach

Intermountain PI Podcast| Utah Private Investigator Scott Fulmer | Ep. 24 | November 19, 2019 | Connecticut Private Investigator John Hoda The PI Coach He’s been a police officer and an insurance fraud investigator. However, for the last 22 years of his life he’s been a successful private investigator. Not to mention an author of numerous books, both fiction and non-fiction. Now, he’s slowly turning the business over to his son as he focuses on coaching and mentoring other private investigators. Connecticut Private Investigator John Hoda is…The PI Coach The Intermountain PI Podcast is brought to youby Trackops, a powerful investigation management platform used by companies of all sizes and in countries all around the world. With features designed for managing every aspect of a PI agency, Trackops has the tools to streamline your operation from intake to invoice. Right nowyou can try Trackops free for 15 days by signing up at Trackops.com. Also, mention that you heard about it on the Intermountain PI Podcast. Trackops will give you 10% off of your base subscription price. Trackops. Case management made easy! John A. Hoda graduated in 1975 with a B.S. in Criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Furthermore, heis a former Police Officer and Insurance Fraud Investigator. However, for the last 22 years he has operated a successful Private Investigations business. In fact, many of his cases have made the headlines of the Philadelphia Inquirer and the New Haven Register. Moreover, John has sat on the boards of the both the National Association of Legal Investigators and the Connecticut Association of Licensed Private Investigators. Furthermore, he is a Certified Legal Investigator and a Certified Fraud Examiner.Additionally, he has written numerous articles for PI Magazine and other publications. As well asa being a frequent guest blogger and webinar presenter on Investigative Interviewing. THE INTERMOUNTAIN PI PODCAST | UTAH PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR SCOTT FULMER Notably, John is host of the popular podcast, My Favorite Detective Stories. To clarify, he describes it as a “…podcast for listeners who want to be inspired, informed and entertained by great detective stories.” New episodes come out every Tuesday. Private Investigators are interviewed about how they got into the business and the type of work they do. Every episode ends with the guest talking about their favorite cases. You can find it on iTunes, on hiswww.johnhoda.comor wherever you get your podcasts. PRIVATE INVESTIGATION BOOKS Finally, John has written four exceptional non-fiction books. Each book addresses a specific facet of improving your private investigation business. First, How to Rocket Your Private Investigation Business. Second, How to Market Your Private Investigation Business in Less than 5 Hours a Week. Third,

44 MIN2019 NOV 19
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Connecticut Private Investigator John Hoda The PI Coach

Investigator Tips for Following a Subject into a Gym

Intermountain PI Podcast| Utah Private Investigator Scott Fulmer | Ep. 23 | November 12, 2019 | Investigator Tips for Following a Subject into a Gym The guy was a gym rat. Of course, he was off of work on a workers comp claim. However, that didn’t stop him from going to the gym every morning. Other than his daily trips to the gym he wasn’t very active. He probably didn’t think anything of it when I stepped onto the treadmill next to him that morning at his gym in Denver. I was just another overweight middle-aged man trying to better my health. Likewise, he didn’t seem to notice or care that I carefully held my keys in my left hand as I clutched the foam hand grip of the treadmill. In fact, I recorded him alternately walking and running on the treadmill for almost an hour with my covert keychain FOB video camera. So much for the subject’s alleged inability to stand or walk for long periods of time. The Intermountain PI Podcast is sponsoredby Trackops, a powerful investigation management platform used by companies of all sizes and in countries all around the world. With features designed for managing every aspect of a PI agency, Trackops has the tools to streamline your operation from intake to invoice. And speaking of invoices, if you use Quickbooks for your accounting you’re in luck. Trackops integrates seamlessly with Quickbooks so that all expenses and invoices are handled properly. As a matter of fact I use Trackops myself and I love it. And check this out, you can try Trackops free, right now, for 15 days by signing up at Trackops.com. That’s two weeks of Trackops for free when you mention that you heard about it on the Intermountain PI Podcast. Plus, Trackops will also give you 10% off of your base subscription price.Trackops. Case management made easy! As it turns out, the claims adjuster was absolutely blown away by my video. She couldn’t believe how close I got to the subject. Certainly, it was the covert video camera that made it possible. But several other factors led to my success that day. Let’s talk about investigator tips for following a subject into a gym. TIP #1. GYM BAG First, make sure you carry a small gym bag in your surveillance vehicle. Include your workout clothes, tennis shoes, weight lifting gloves and an empty water bottle that can be filled at the gym. You may want to bring a combination lock in the event that you need to use a locker. TIP #2. COVERT KEYCHAIN FOB VIDEO CAMERA Furthermore, you’ll need a way to obtain video of the subject exercising. I recommend a covert keychain video camera. Especially for their versatility and reliability. I think the days of carrying a bulky video camera in a gym bag with a hole cut in it are over. Of course, you can carry a pen video camera. But when’s the last time someone asked to borrow a pen at the gym? Keep your keychain video camera fully charged. In addition, make sure you’ve used it before. In other words, you’ll need to understand and gauge the optimal distance between you and your subject for the best video results. TIP #3. GETTING INTO THE GYM Obviously, following your subject into the gym is the real trick. Other than a fitness center at a hotel or the subject’s place of employment, there are basically two kinds of gyms. First, large gym or fitness center chains, like Gold’s Gym. Second, local mom and pop gyms that typically have only one location. With this in mind, it’s cost-prohibitive to have a membership at every gym in your state. Accordingly, when it comes to investigator tips for following a subject into a gym, here are a fewways to get in.

9 MIN2019 NOV 12
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Investigator Tips for Following a Subject into a Gym

Cold Case Private Investigator Catherine Townsend

Intermountain PI Podcast| Ep. 22 | November 5, 2019 | Cold Case Private Investigator Catherine Townsend She grew up in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. A town the U.K. Independent called the most dangerous little city in America. And it’s no wonder. After Detroit, Pine Bluff has more violent crime, per capita, than any other city in the U.S. In fact, she described it as, “… a town so rough that our pit bull got stolen.” I’m talking with Catherine Townsend. She’s a writer, licensed private investigator and hosts the smash hit iHeart Radio Cold Case podcast, Hell and Gone. She’s petite and pretty. But don’t make the mistake of underestimating her. She’s smart, tenacious and has nerves of steel. In addition, she’s the only private investigator I know that started out as a sex columnist. I started in the private investigation business back when we used 8mm video cassette tapes. Eventually we moved on to providing clients a DVD. I hope you’re not still doing that. With Trackops your clients can stream and download video 24/7 from their home or office. The Intermountain PI Podcast is sponsored by Trackops. It’s a powerful investigation management platform used by companies of all sizes and in countries all around the world. With features designed for managing every aspect of a PI agency, Trackops has the tools to streamline your operation from intake to invoice. So stop spending money on DVD’s and give your client’s instant access to their videos and photographs. I use Trackops and I love it. Right now you can try Trackops free for 15 days by signing up at trackops.com. Mention that you heard about it on the Intermountain PI Podcast and you’ll get 10% off of your base subscription price. Trackops. Case management made easy! GREAT PRIVATE INVESTIGATORS ARE ALSO GOOD WRITERS I have a theory that all great private investigators are also good writers. Catherine Townsend is no exception. Her work has appeared in several publications including The Atlantic, The Daily Beast, Elle, The Independent, The New York Post, GQ, Marie Claire,Cosmopolitan and The Huffington Post. As a matter of fact, she wrote a 2013Daily Mailarticle is about Piper Kerman, the inspiration behind the hit Netflix series, Orange is the New Black. Plus, she’s also a writer and correspondent for Investigation Discovery’s CrimeFeed website. However,

36 MIN2019 NOV 5
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Latest Episodes

PI Education and Tennessee Private Investigator Hal Humphreys

INTERMOUNTAIN PI| EP. 31 | 1/28/2020 | PI EDUCATION AND TENNESSEE PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR HAL HUMPHREYS As a private investigator it’s easy to get stuck in the endless cycle of work. In particular, the daily minutiae of phone calls and reports. Or dealing with difficult clients. You can spend so much time working on your business, that you fail to work on yourself. In other words, reading books and watching webinars. As well as listening to podcasts or becoming a CFE or CLI. Jim Rohn said, “Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.” This week on the Intermountain PI: continuing education for private investigators. With Hal Humphreys. The one guy that’s made it his mission in life. My topic this week is PI Education and Tennessee private investigator Hal Humphreys of Nashville. To begin with, Hal and I talk about continuing education for private investigators. Aside from operating Find Investigations, Hal has a passion for helping private inves...

44 MINJAN 28
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PI Education and Tennessee Private Investigator Hal Humphreys

5 Ways Private Investigators Accept Client Payments

INTERMOUNTAIN PI PODCAST| EP. 30 | 1/21/2020 | 5 WAYS PRIVATE INVESTIGATORS ACCEPT CLIENT PAYMENTS Utah private investigator Scott Fulmer with 5 ways private investigators accept client payments. Business magnate and philanthropist Sir Richard Branson said, “Never take your eyes off the cash flow because it’s the lifeblood of business.” In fact, businesses fail for one reason and one reason only: Lack of cash. Cash is king. To rephrase a quote made popular in the City of the Big Shoulders: Get paid early and get paid often. Let’s talk about the 5 ways private investigators accept client payments. Obviously, there are more than five ways. But the goal is to give your client plenty of ways to put their money in your pocket. TRACKOPS: CASE MANAGEMENT MADE EASY Speaking of getting paid, Trackops has ways to keep your cash flow, well…flowing. Trackops is a powerful investigation management platform. In fact, it’s used by companies of all sizes and in countries all around the world....

7 MINJAN 21
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5 Ways Private Investigators Accept Client Payments

Florida Private Investigators Mark and Wendy Murnan

INTERMOUNTAIN PI PODCAST| EP. 29 | 1/14/2020 | FLORIDA PRIVATE INVESTIGATORS MARK AND WENDY MURNAN Utah private investigator Scott Fulmer interviews Mark and Wendy Murnan. Mark jokingly says his job involves sitting in a car, drinking coffee and asking stupid questions. As it turns out, it requires a lot more than that. Along with his wife Wendy, they own Complete Legal Investigations. But you probably recognize the Murnan’s from their Youtube channel, Investigators in Cars Drinking Coffee. They produce short videos about the private investigation industry. Plus, videos of them drinking coffee, celebrating Cinco de Mayo and dressing up as pirates. Really. MARK J. MURNAN, CFE, CLI, PRESIDENT OF COMPLETE LEGAL INVESTIGATIONS. Mark is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. Not to mention a former staff investigator for the Federal Public Defender in Florida. As a matter of fact, he has over 35 years investigative experience in the public and private sectors. In fact he’s assisted attorneys...

33 MINJAN 14
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Florida Private Investigators Mark and Wendy Murnan

Bill Flanagan, Wrongful Convictions and the Cal Harris Acquittal

INTERMOUNTAIN PI PODCAST| EP. 28 | JANUARY 7, 2020 | BILL FLANAGAN, WRONGFUL CONVICTIONS AND THE CAL HARRIS ACQUITTAL On the morning of September 11, 2001, the Islamic terrorist group, al-Qaeda struck several targets in the U.S., including New York City. As a result, it was the deadliest terrorist attack in U.S. history. Later that very same night, about 224 miles away in upstate New York, 35-year-old, Michelle Harris, finished her shift at Lefty’s, a popular burger and beer joint. Michelle wasa petite, blond mother of four going through a divorce with her husband, Cal Harris. Later, on the morning of September 12th, the Harris’ nanny discovered Michelle’s van. It was parked at the bottom of the driveway, a short distance from the Harris’ home. Additionally, it was unlocked and the keys were still in the ignition. That was 19 years ago. Since that time, the body of Michelle Harris has never been found. BILL FLANAGAN, WRONGFUL CONVICTIONS AND THE ACQUITTAL OF CAL HARRIS My guest ...

52 MINJAN 7
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Bill Flanagan, Wrongful Convictions and the Cal Harris Acquittal

35 of the Best Marketing Tips for Private Investigators

Intermountain PIPodcast| Utah Private Investigator Scott Fulmer | Ep. 27 | December 10, 2019 | 35 of the Best Marketing Tips for Private Investigators The late poet Maya Angelou once said, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Ms. Angelou could’ve taught a masters class on marketing. Everythingis marketing. Everything. From how you answer the telephone to what you wear to meet a client. You’re sending a message. I know it’s the slow season for private investigators. Clients are on vacation, budgets are all but expended. People are happy and putting off that divorce until next year. Rather than face the inevitable feast or famine common from Thanksgiving through New Years day, you should get busy marketing. Never accept this time of year as ‘the slow season.’ Speaking of marketing, Trackops can help you keep your clients organized which will also help with your marketing. TRA...

16 MIN2019 DEC 10
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35 of the Best Marketing Tips for Private Investigators

Arizona Private Investigators Emilio and Rianne Maldonado

Intermountain PI Podcast| Utah Private Investigator Scott Fulmer | Ep. 26 | December 3, 2019 | Arizona Private Investigators Emilio and Rianne Maldonado He was a U.S. Navy veteran before becoming a police officer in a small town in Southern California. She worked in the mortgage industry and was a paralegal. Throughout the years he expressed to her an interest in starting a private investigation company. When he brought it up she would smile and nod. However, after he retired from the police department it eventually became a reality. In fact, on the day he told her he was ready to do it, she actually laughed. Her only exposure to the mysterious and shadowy world of private eyes was what she saw on television or in the movies. Visions of Burberry trench coats, soft wool felt fedoras and hanging out in smoky bars late into the night filled her imagination. Yet, that’s exactly what came to pass. Eventually it became a family affair. Meet Arizona Private Investigators Emilio and Rianne Maldonado. Together, Arizona Private Investigators Emilio and Rianne Maldonado formed Blackhorse Investigations in Tucson, Arizona several years ago. Indeed, if the Maldonado’s sound familiar, it’s because they were featured in a recent issue of PI Magazine. They were able to match a Purple Heart medal mistakenly donated to Goodwill with the family of the sailor. By the way, the Purple Heart is a U.S. Military decoration awarded to those wounded or killed in action. I’m going to ask the Maldonado’s about his, but first… TRACKOPS: CASE MANAGEMENT MADE EASY It’s hard to believe but I started in the PI business before the popularity of cell phones, email and even the internet. Each day I had to call my boss on a landline or at a payphone to communicate. In fact, I would struggle to take copious notes as he relayed all the case information to me. Of course, with Trackopsassigning work to an investigator is very simple. To explain, you simply click on the assign tab and add an investigator to the case. It’s that easy. The investigator can even print out a PDF document containing all the case information. Clearly, Trackops is a powerful investigation management platform. In fact, it’s used by companies of all sizes and in countries all around the world. With features designed for managing every aspect of a PI agency, Trackops has the tools to streamline your operation from intake to invoice. At least give Trackops a try. You can do so free, right now, for 15 days by signing up at Trackops.com. Also, mention that you heard about it on the Intermountain PI Podcast. Trackops will give you 10% off of your base subscription price. Trackops. Case management made easy! INTERMOUNTAIN PI PODCAST | UTAH PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR SCOTT FULMER At Blackhorse Investigations, the Maldonado’s specialize in Workplace Investigations. Including wrongful termination litigation support, internal investigations, employee misconduct interviews and retaliation investigations. So take a listen to the podcast and get to know the Maldonados. And when you need a private investigator in Utah, call Intermountain PI. Until next time, this is Utah Private Investigator Scott Fulmer reminding you the game…is afoot!

33 MIN2019 DEC 4
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The Downfall of Private Investigator Christopher Butler

Intermountain PI Podcast| Utah Private Investigator Scott Fulmer | Ep. 25 | November 26, 2019 | The Downfall ofPrivateInvestigator Christopher Butler Like any profession, the private investigation industry has its share of bad eggs. And he was no exception. According to the radio program,This American Life, the police accused him of selling crystal meth and marijuana seized from police evidence lockers. Although the state would go on to drop the charges,he eventually pled guilty to federal charges of robbery, extortion and conspiracy. He was sentenced to eight years in federal prison. This week…a morality tale of drugs, dirty D.U.I’s, sexy soccer moms and Chris Butler; a California private investigator gone bad. In 2010 Chris Butler invited a journalist fromDiablo Magazine, to accompany him on a surveillance ride along. In the hopes that the journalist would do a story about Butler’s Concord, California private investigation firm. A firm, by the way, staffed solely by sexy soccer moms. The company had been featured on Dr. Phil, The Today Show and the local Bay Area news. In addition, a reality television show with Lifetime was in the early planning stages. TRACKOPS: CASE MANAGEMENT MADE EASY! Speaking of planning stages, are you still keeping track of your case load on a spreadsheet, or worse, on the back of a manilla folder? If so, consider usingTrackops. It’s a powerful investigation management platform used by companies of all sizes and in countries all around the world. With features designed for managing every aspect of a PI agency, Trackops has the tools to streamline your operation from intake to invoice. One of the features I like about Trackops is the ability to send invoice reminders. Let’s face it. Client don’t always pay in a timely manner. Enter Trackops. You can customize up to three separate reminders to go out on specific dates that you choose. Right nowyou can try Trackops free for 15 days by signing up at Trackops.com. Also, mention that you heard about it on the Intermountain PI Podcast. Trackops will give you 10% off of your base subscription price. Trackops. Case management made easy! Pete Crooks was the Bay area journalist for Diablo Magazine that accompanied Butler on the surveillance ride along. In due time his short article would became the basis for Crooks’ 2015 book, The Setup: A True Story of Dirty Cops, Soccer Moms and Reality TV. You can find it on Amazon in hardback, Kindle and

6 MIN2019 NOV 26
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The Downfall of Private Investigator Christopher Butler

Connecticut Private Investigator John Hoda The PI Coach

Intermountain PI Podcast| Utah Private Investigator Scott Fulmer | Ep. 24 | November 19, 2019 | Connecticut Private Investigator John Hoda The PI Coach He’s been a police officer and an insurance fraud investigator. However, for the last 22 years of his life he’s been a successful private investigator. Not to mention an author of numerous books, both fiction and non-fiction. Now, he’s slowly turning the business over to his son as he focuses on coaching and mentoring other private investigators. Connecticut Private Investigator John Hoda is…The PI Coach The Intermountain PI Podcast is brought to youby Trackops, a powerful investigation management platform used by companies of all sizes and in countries all around the world. With features designed for managing every aspect of a PI agency, Trackops has the tools to streamline your operation from intake to invoice. Right nowyou can try Trackops free for 15 days by signing up at Trackops.com. Also, mention that you heard about it on the Intermountain PI Podcast. Trackops will give you 10% off of your base subscription price. Trackops. Case management made easy! John A. Hoda graduated in 1975 with a B.S. in Criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Furthermore, heis a former Police Officer and Insurance Fraud Investigator. However, for the last 22 years he has operated a successful Private Investigations business. In fact, many of his cases have made the headlines of the Philadelphia Inquirer and the New Haven Register. Moreover, John has sat on the boards of the both the National Association of Legal Investigators and the Connecticut Association of Licensed Private Investigators. Furthermore, he is a Certified Legal Investigator and a Certified Fraud Examiner.Additionally, he has written numerous articles for PI Magazine and other publications. As well asa being a frequent guest blogger and webinar presenter on Investigative Interviewing. THE INTERMOUNTAIN PI PODCAST | UTAH PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR SCOTT FULMER Notably, John is host of the popular podcast, My Favorite Detective Stories. To clarify, he describes it as a “…podcast for listeners who want to be inspired, informed and entertained by great detective stories.” New episodes come out every Tuesday. Private Investigators are interviewed about how they got into the business and the type of work they do. Every episode ends with the guest talking about their favorite cases. You can find it on iTunes, on hiswww.johnhoda.comor wherever you get your podcasts. PRIVATE INVESTIGATION BOOKS Finally, John has written four exceptional non-fiction books. Each book addresses a specific facet of improving your private investigation business. First, How to Rocket Your Private Investigation Business. Second, How to Market Your Private Investigation Business in Less than 5 Hours a Week. Third,

44 MIN2019 NOV 19
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Connecticut Private Investigator John Hoda The PI Coach

Investigator Tips for Following a Subject into a Gym

Intermountain PI Podcast| Utah Private Investigator Scott Fulmer | Ep. 23 | November 12, 2019 | Investigator Tips for Following a Subject into a Gym The guy was a gym rat. Of course, he was off of work on a workers comp claim. However, that didn’t stop him from going to the gym every morning. Other than his daily trips to the gym he wasn’t very active. He probably didn’t think anything of it when I stepped onto the treadmill next to him that morning at his gym in Denver. I was just another overweight middle-aged man trying to better my health. Likewise, he didn’t seem to notice or care that I carefully held my keys in my left hand as I clutched the foam hand grip of the treadmill. In fact, I recorded him alternately walking and running on the treadmill for almost an hour with my covert keychain FOB video camera. So much for the subject’s alleged inability to stand or walk for long periods of time. The Intermountain PI Podcast is sponsoredby Trackops, a powerful investigation management platform used by companies of all sizes and in countries all around the world. With features designed for managing every aspect of a PI agency, Trackops has the tools to streamline your operation from intake to invoice. And speaking of invoices, if you use Quickbooks for your accounting you’re in luck. Trackops integrates seamlessly with Quickbooks so that all expenses and invoices are handled properly. As a matter of fact I use Trackops myself and I love it. And check this out, you can try Trackops free, right now, for 15 days by signing up at Trackops.com. That’s two weeks of Trackops for free when you mention that you heard about it on the Intermountain PI Podcast. Plus, Trackops will also give you 10% off of your base subscription price.Trackops. Case management made easy! As it turns out, the claims adjuster was absolutely blown away by my video. She couldn’t believe how close I got to the subject. Certainly, it was the covert video camera that made it possible. But several other factors led to my success that day. Let’s talk about investigator tips for following a subject into a gym. TIP #1. GYM BAG First, make sure you carry a small gym bag in your surveillance vehicle. Include your workout clothes, tennis shoes, weight lifting gloves and an empty water bottle that can be filled at the gym. You may want to bring a combination lock in the event that you need to use a locker. TIP #2. COVERT KEYCHAIN FOB VIDEO CAMERA Furthermore, you’ll need a way to obtain video of the subject exercising. I recommend a covert keychain video camera. Especially for their versatility and reliability. I think the days of carrying a bulky video camera in a gym bag with a hole cut in it are over. Of course, you can carry a pen video camera. But when’s the last time someone asked to borrow a pen at the gym? Keep your keychain video camera fully charged. In addition, make sure you’ve used it before. In other words, you’ll need to understand and gauge the optimal distance between you and your subject for the best video results. TIP #3. GETTING INTO THE GYM Obviously, following your subject into the gym is the real trick. Other than a fitness center at a hotel or the subject’s place of employment, there are basically two kinds of gyms. First, large gym or fitness center chains, like Gold’s Gym. Second, local mom and pop gyms that typically have only one location. With this in mind, it’s cost-prohibitive to have a membership at every gym in your state. Accordingly, when it comes to investigator tips for following a subject into a gym, here are a fewways to get in.

9 MIN2019 NOV 12
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Investigator Tips for Following a Subject into a Gym

Cold Case Private Investigator Catherine Townsend

Intermountain PI Podcast| Ep. 22 | November 5, 2019 | Cold Case Private Investigator Catherine Townsend She grew up in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. A town the U.K. Independent called the most dangerous little city in America. And it’s no wonder. After Detroit, Pine Bluff has more violent crime, per capita, than any other city in the U.S. In fact, she described it as, “… a town so rough that our pit bull got stolen.” I’m talking with Catherine Townsend. She’s a writer, licensed private investigator and hosts the smash hit iHeart Radio Cold Case podcast, Hell and Gone. She’s petite and pretty. But don’t make the mistake of underestimating her. She’s smart, tenacious and has nerves of steel. In addition, she’s the only private investigator I know that started out as a sex columnist. I started in the private investigation business back when we used 8mm video cassette tapes. Eventually we moved on to providing clients a DVD. I hope you’re not still doing that. With Trackops your clients can stream and download video 24/7 from their home or office. The Intermountain PI Podcast is sponsored by Trackops. It’s a powerful investigation management platform used by companies of all sizes and in countries all around the world. With features designed for managing every aspect of a PI agency, Trackops has the tools to streamline your operation from intake to invoice. So stop spending money on DVD’s and give your client’s instant access to their videos and photographs. I use Trackops and I love it. Right now you can try Trackops free for 15 days by signing up at trackops.com. Mention that you heard about it on the Intermountain PI Podcast and you’ll get 10% off of your base subscription price. Trackops. Case management made easy! GREAT PRIVATE INVESTIGATORS ARE ALSO GOOD WRITERS I have a theory that all great private investigators are also good writers. Catherine Townsend is no exception. Her work has appeared in several publications including The Atlantic, The Daily Beast, Elle, The Independent, The New York Post, GQ, Marie Claire,Cosmopolitan and The Huffington Post. As a matter of fact, she wrote a 2013Daily Mailarticle is about Piper Kerman, the inspiration behind the hit Netflix series, Orange is the New Black. Plus, she’s also a writer and correspondent for Investigation Discovery’s CrimeFeed website. However,

36 MIN2019 NOV 5
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Cold Case Private Investigator Catherine Townsend
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