At its simplest, a financial investigation tries to determine where money comes from, how it moves, and how it is used. Also known as forensic accounting, this type of investigation is often crucial when dealing with corporate investigations, theft, embezzlement, money laundering, tax evasion, asset searches, criminal, and many other types of investigations.
Depending on the specific case, private investigators may spend time in the recovery of financial data, especially of hidden or deleted financial documents. In many cases, this type of investigation means searching through and analyzing many kinds of documents, from bank account records and spending records to receipts, bank account information, real estate files, motor vehicle records, and even computer files. With your permission, investigators may utilize computer forensics to dig deeper for any activity on your computer that may be relevant and useful. Investigators analyze all documents that show the paper trail of events involving money with the primary objective of documenting the movement of money.