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Academy of Professional Investigation – IQ Qualification

As no doubt you have seen from the recent posting regarding Baroness Henig question to Her Majesty’s Government, as to what progress they have made on the introduction of a system of regulation for private investigators, as announced by the Home Secretary on 31 July 2013. This has dramatically increased people’s awareness that regulation is likely to come into force sooner rather than later in the new parliament. Even more so, if the conservatives are returned to Government i.e. The Home Secretary’s promise that this would be implemented by the end of 2015. To that end on the Saturday morning prior to the evening Banquet the Academy of Professional Investigation, being WAPI’s preferred training provider, will be providing to all members and others attending the banquet the opportunity to obtain the necessary qualification in readiness for the forthcoming licensing of the private investigation industry.

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April 13, 2015 |

Miriam Ettisch-Enchelmaier BA first WAPI honorary member


Miriam Ettisch-Enchelmaier BA is the first WAPI Honorary Member. She is a longstanding, respected and very well known German PI.

The Constitution of WAPI allows for a maximum of three Honorary Memberships each year, to be awarded to outstanding Individuals who, in the opinion of the WAPI Governing Council, have contributed in an outstanding way to the PI Profession as a whole.

The World Association of Professional Investigators was established in the UK in early 2001 to provide an alternative to the mainstream Professional Associations, which have failed to attract the vast majority of practising investigators into their ranks.

Since inception WAPI has generated a growing membership drawn from all over the world.

The Association has been one of the most active in representing to Government bodies the issues and concerns, not only of WAPI Members, but also the wider profession.

The WAPI Governing Council are pleased to recognise the achievements and positive contribution of Miriam Ettisch-Enchelmaier to enhance the PI Profession, and we are delighted that she has graciously accepted our first Honorary Membership.

Miriam Ettisch-Enchelmaier can be contacted at;


February 20, 2014 |

Private detectives face fines

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Private detectives face fines for blagging information for clients including Brighton and Hove City Council
6:29pm Wednesday 20th November 2013 – The Argus

Private investigators who tricked GP surgeries, utility companies and TV Licensing into handing out personal information have been found guilty of breaking data laws.
Barry Spencer, 41, and Adrian Stanton, 40, were convicted of conspiring to unlawfully obtain personal data at Isleworth Crown Court, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) said.
ICU Investigations Ltd was used by clients including Brighton and Hove to trace customers who owed them money.

There is no evidence that any of the company’s clients knew that they were using illegal tactics.

Another five members of staff from their company ICU Investigations Ltd – Robert Sparling, 38, Joel Jones, 43, Michael Sparling, 41, Neil Sturton, 43, and Lee Humphreys, 41, had already admitted the same offence, and all seven now face sentencing on January 24.

The company itself was also found guilty of breaching data laws.

Nearly 2,000 offences were committed between April 1 2009 and May 12 2010.

November 30, 2013 |

Why were Maddie suspect E-fits kept SECRET for five years?

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Why were Maddie suspect E-fits kept SECRET for five years? Images and evidence of sighting uncovered by private detectives were suppressed


  • Images of man seen carrying child through Praia da Luz on the night of Madeleine’s    disappearance were unveiled on Crime watch two weeks ago
  • Based on evidence from Irish holidaymaker Martin Smith and his family
  • Emerged yesterday that E-fits were contained in files from five years ago
  • Produced by private investigators hired by the McCann’s


Daily Mail – By Neil Sears


PUBLISHED: 28 October 2013

Under wraps: The E-fits drawn up by the investigators


The E-fits of a ‘new’ suspect for Madeleine McCann’s disappearance were drawn up five years ago – and suppressed.


Images of a man seen carrying a child through Praia da Luz at 10pm on the night the then three-year-old vanished were unveiled on BBC1’s Crime watch two weeks ago.


They are based on evidence from Irish holidaymaker Martin Smith and his family. At the same time, the British police team behind a new investigation revealed they had discounted a 9.15pm sighting of a man with a child by Jane Tanner, a friend holidaying with parents Gerry and Kate McCann and their three children.


It meant there was a new ‘timeline’ of Madeleine’s presumed abduction. Yet it emerged yesterday that the recently released E-fits were in fact contained in files produced five years ago by private investigators hired by the McCann’s. Similarly, those private detectives had questioned the Tanner sighting and the timings associated with it.


But the E-fits were kept private, and the questioning of the Tanner sighting and related timeline were kept quiet. One detective said he was ‘utterly stunned’ to see his five-year-old dossier suddenly presented as new on TV.


The investigator told a Sunday newspaper: ‘I was absolutely stunned when I watched the programme… it most certainly wasn’t a new timeline and it certainly isn’t a new revelation. It is absolute nonsense to suggest either of those things… and those E-fits you saw on Crime watch are ours.’


The McCann’s are now fully behind the fresh police drive and release of the E-fits – but five years ago they were reluctant to issue them, possibly in part because witness Mr Smith’s account seemed inconsistent and unreliable.



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October 28, 2013 |

Posted by PI Magazine October 7, 2013

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There is no doubt we can all learn a very valuable lesson, especially by the wrong doings of a fellow investigator.

A Connecticut jury has found Gerald O’Donnell, a local PI guilty of bribery and witness tampering.

He was found not guilty of two counts of perjury stemming from his involvement on a case he worked on which successfully exonerated two men of a New Haven homicide.


A key witness had testified that O’Donnell had given her gifts of cash, a stereo, a new television and promises that she would share in the financial settlement the lawyers for the exonerated men were seeking from the state for wrongful incarceration.


This unfortunate news only helps to reinforce the ethics we as professional investigators must adhere to. Is going to jail, losing your PI license, and tarnishing your reputation worth it?

Clearly not, but it’s truly shameful to see what some colleagues will illegally do to satisfy a client just to look good and make a few bucks.


You can read more about this here.



Keeping the profession informed,

Jimmie Mesis, LPI – Editor-in-Chief



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October 7, 2013 |

CANADA – The Investigators

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By Francesca Fionda

There is some justice today for the Canadian clients and victims of two former private investigators.

In February we brought you the story of Cullen Johnson and Elaine White after a number of Canadians came forward saying they were victimized by the pair’s misleading business.
Now, the two could be put behind bars for up to 10 years, but it won’t be in a Canadian prison.

Johnson and White have been in custody in Newport News, Virginia since August 2012.
They were charged with money laundering, wire fraud and mail fraud.
Now Johnson is admitting to money laundering in exchange for fraud charges to be dropped and White has entered her intent to plead guilty.

In 2009, White and Johnson were also charged with fraud in Ontario. But before any day in court, they got on a plane and headed to the Caribbean.
After three years of sunshine and beaches, Johnson and White were arrested for a minor immigration violation in the Turks and Cacaos and extradited to the U.S. to face fraud charges in Virginia to answer for their crimes against American victims.

This is how their scheme worked:

In a typical case the two would agree to investigate suspicions of money hidden by an ex-husband or business partner.
But clients talked to said instead of finding the facts, they fabricated fiction by making up bank accounts and fraudulent documents.

Eric Cunningham, a former Ontario MPP says he spent hundreds of thousands of dollars clearing his name after Cullen and Johnson alleged he had hidden $2.4 million offshore in 18 different tax havens.

Cunningham says the damage they caused him was lasting and horrific.
Knowing Johnson is now a convicted felon, Cunningham says “It’s gratifying to victims both in the US and across Canada who have been maligned maliciously by Mr. Johnson and it’s gratifying to know he’ll be incarcerated and not engaged in those activities.”

While the American legal system takes action against Johnson and White, critics say regulators in Canada should have acted faster to bring justice to their clients here.

“I’d love to see them brought back to Canada and face the justice system here.
I think it would be good if they could stand in front of the Canadian courts and their accusers and answer to the crimes that were committed on Canadian soil” says Roger Miller, President of Council of Private Investigators of Atlantic Canada.

But Miller doesn’t place the blame on the legal system in Canada. He says the provincial regulators that oversee investigators are at fault, “I think this still falls back to the regulators had they intervened and taken these two through the legal channels the legal system would have had a chance to work faster.”

Canadians may have to wait until Johnson and White complete their sentences to bring them to trial here. At which point, it will be up to the Ontario authorities to determine whether or not to prosecute them for charges they face in Canada.

October 5, 2013 |

Former private investigator is 21st hacking arrest

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A former private investigator has been arrested as part of a national inquiry into allegations of computer hacking and other breaches of privacy.

The 58-year-old who is now retired, was arrested by police officers at his home in Reading, Berkshire, early this morning on suspicion of trying to illegally access information.

He is the 21st person to be arrested as part of Operation Tuleta, the Scotland Yard investigation that is being run alongside inquiries into alleged phone hacking and corrupt payments to public officials.

The inquiry became caught up in a row between MPs and investigators over whether to publish a list of clients of rogue private investigators.

Earlier this month, Scotland Yard removed nine names from the list, including five linked to Operation Tuleta, because they are subject to live investigations.



September 18, 2013 |

Judge to probe detective Daniel Morgan’s axe murder


A notorious case of a private investigator alleged to have been murdered because he was about to expose corruption at Scotland Yard is to be investigated by a judge.

Home Secretary Theresa May will announce an “independent panel review” into the death of Daniel Morgan more than 25 years ago.

Full details of the story can be found at :

September 17, 2013 |

Marketer of Internet-Connected Home Security Video Cameras Settles FTC Charges It Failed to Protect Consumers’ Privacy

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Marketer of Internet-Connected Home Security Video Cameras Settles FTC Charges It Failed to Protect Consumers’ Privacy

Hundreds of Camera Feeds for Home Security, Baby Monitoring Were Hacked, Posted Online

A company that markets video cameras designed to allow consumers to monitor their homes remotely has settled Federal Trade Commission charges that its lax security practices exposed the private lives of hundreds of consumers to public viewing on the Internet. This is the agency’s first action against a marketer of an everyday product with interconnectivity to the Internet and other mobile devices – commonly referred to as the “Internet of Things.”

The FTC’s complaint alleges that TRENDnet marketed its SecurView cameras for purposes ranging from home security to baby monitoring, and claimed in numerous product descriptions that they were “secure.” In fact, the cameras had faulty software that left them open to online viewing, and in some instances listening, by anyone with the cameras’ Internet address.

“The Internet of Things holds great promise for innovative consumer products and services. But consumer privacy and security must remain a priority as companies develop more devices that connect to the Internet,” said FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez.

In its complaint, the FTC alleges that, from at least April 2010, TRENDnet failed to use reasonable security to design and test its software, including a setting for the cameras’ password requirement. As a result of this failure, hundreds of consumers’ private camera feeds were made public on the Internet.

According to the complaint, in January 2012, a hacker exploited this flaw and made it public, and, eventually, hackers posted links to the live feeds of nearly 700 of the cameras. The feeds displayed babies asleep in their cribs, young children playing, and adults going about their daily lives. Once TRENDnet learned of this flaw, it uploaded a software patch to its website and sought to alert its customers of the need to visit the website to update their cameras.

The FTC also alleged that, from at least April 2010, TRENDnet transmitted user login credentials in clear, readable text over the Internet, even though free software was available to secure such transmissions. In addition, the FTC alleged that TRENDnet’s mobile applications for the cameras stored consumers’ login information in clear, readable text on their mobile devices.

Under the terms of its settlement with the Commission, TRENDnet is prohibited from misrepresenting the security of its cameras or the security, privacy, confidentiality, or integrity of the information that its cameras or other devices transmit. In addition, the company is barred from misrepresenting the extent to which a consumer can control the security of information the cameras or other devices store, capture, access, or transmit.

In addition, TRENDnet is required to establish a comprehensive information security program designed to address security risks that could result in unauthorized access to or use of the company’s devices, and to protect the security, confidentiality, and integrity of information that is stored, captured, accessed, or transmitted by its devices. The company also is required to obtain third-party assessments of its security programs every two years for the next 20 years.

The settlement also requires TRENDnet to notify customers about the security issues with the cameras and the availability of the software update to correct them, and to provide customers with free technical support for the next two years to assist them in updating or uninstalling their cameras.

Bruce Hulme
ISPLA Director of Government Affairs
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September 7, 2013 |
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