The Fraud Examiner
For Portland Investigator, Patience and Perseverance are Keys to Making the Case
ACFE Member Profile
Private investigator Eli Rosenblatt, CFE, knows that some cases are more difficult than others. In some of the most confounding investigations, “you're so often digging for information that's just not there, and waiting for some nugget to be revealed,” he said. Yet staying the course and piecing together as much information as possible is only part of the challenge. Rosenblatt discusses the importance of authenticating his findings and shares some advice for investigators on the job.
How long have you been a private investigator, and how did you get into this line of work?
In the early 90s, I was lucky enough to land an internship at the California Appellate Project in San Francisco, assisting attorneys in all phases of investigation and preparation for death penalty appeals. From some truly amazing lawyers and investigators, I learned more about criminal law and how to do difficult interviews in that year than in most of the years since.
Where did your career go next? What brought you to Portland?
After the internship, I did other types of investigation and then went on to join the dot-com boom, starting my own successful boutique telecom business (I designed and installed phone systems and computer networks for small-and medium sized businesses and home offices). When my wife was looking at medical residencies in 2002, I said I'd follow her anywhere – but I was secretly rooting for Portland [Oregon], having fallen in love with it during college in the 80s. Starting my own practice as one of the only Mac & iOS certified forensic examiners outside of California has brought me full-circle, and I'm really enjoying that work.
Which types of cases do you find the most challenging?
In terms of sheer frustration, the missing persons and skip-tracing type cases can be among the most frustrating. You're so often digging for information that's just not there, and waiting for some nugget to be revealed. My favorite challenges in the last few years have been workplace investigations, where I'm reviewing thousands of pages to follow the trail of money and communications, trying to be strategic about whom to interview when, and figuring out the right questions to ask. Mostly I've found that the best tools for that work are patience, perseverance, and consistent active listening.
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