the importance of making interpersonal connections in a digital world
With all the technology at our fingertips, sometimes we forget the personal touch is needed to investigate questionable or fraudulent claims. I was hired to investigate a Premise Liability case, in which the Plaintiff was seeking seven (7) to (10) million dollars. The victim, who was not a resident, had been shot during an altercation involving drugs and money, on a multifamily housing property. The victim was hospitalized for several months and had life altering injuries. The victim eventually died several years later, from an unrelated illness. The family of the victim, blamed the owner of the multifamily housing property, for not providing “adequate security”. One witness, a resident of the multifamily housing property, knew the victim, but was afraid to talk. The neighborhood was located in a high crime area, known for drug and gang activity. I located and contacted the witness and asked if I could meet with her. When I arrived at her residence, I was greeted by her and invited to come inside. After establishing a commonality between us, she began to tell me her version of the events. She described the day of the shooting and what she observed. She was able to describe the victim, his habits, physical condition, and why he died several years later. According to the witness, the victim continued to use drugs, alcohol and smoke. He was seen out on the street daily, after he was released from the hospital.
With such a large claim, it is crucial to stay in touch with the witnesses. I contacted the witness a few weeks later and she stated the victim’s mother had contacted her, talking about all the money she was going to get out of this case. The witness stated the mother of the victim asked her to “lie” about her son. Adding, she would give her a “large sum of money”. The witness let the victim’s mother believe she would follow through for her. But, the witness wanted no part of lying. I stayed in touch with her, including the day of the deposition. The witness told me she knew she was doing the right thing. The witness testified and told the truth. The multifamily property owner won the case and did not pay anything.
Meet GACFE Member...
Vicky Bosma, CFE
Licensed Private Detective, CFE, former GACFE board Director and Principal of Bosma Investigative Services
In our First issue of the GACFE Financial Crimes Times, our first Chapter member that we would like to feature and honor is Vicky Bosma. Vicky is the first woman to qualify for a Private Detective business in Georgia, and the first woman appointed to the Board to represent the Private Detective industry. Her job was to review all applications that were submitted to the Board, for both Private Detective and Security Agencies. She also had to review all the investigations being conducted for the Board. For four times Vicky was appointed by three different Governors to serve on the Georgia Board of Private Detectives and Security Agencies. Vicky also served as Chairwoman of the Atlanta Chapter of the American Society of Industrial Security in 1990.
Vicky earned her CFE in 1996. She was one of the first members on the GACFE board. She was also one of the first seven members of the chapter when she and the others thought the chapter would disband.
As an interesting side note, Vicky was also featured on the former cable TV show we all remember called Unsolved Mysteries. Here's the link to the case Vicky investigated that was featured.