ICS of Illinois - Private Investigators
Private Investigators in Illinois
In Illinois, all private investigators are required to be licensed through the Division of Professional Regulation. In order to obtain their private investigator license, private investigators must pass Illinois’ rigorous licensing requirements, including a written examination and an in-depth background check. Applicants must score a 70 or higher to pass the exam before submitting their formal application to the Division of Professional Regulation. Although most private investigators come from law enforcement or military backgrounds, it is not a requirement. Many private investigation firms value alternate experience, such as a degree in Criminal Justice or previous experience in security, just as highly. However, Illinois does require private investigators have at least one year of experience (equal to 1,500 hours) in active investigatory work before they can sit for the examination.
ICS of Illinois is owned and operated by Ben Lopez, who has over 15 years of experience in the private sector, including time spent as an Investigator for the city of Chicago, and as a Cook County Deputy Sheriff. In the state of Illinois, like most other states, it is illegal to act as a private investigator without an Illinois Private Investigator License from the Division of Professional Regulation. ICS strictly adheres to all federal, state, and local laws, so rest assured that any ICS private investigator assigned to your case is fully licensed, insured, and up to date with all continuing education requirements. At ICS, our Illinois private investigators meet or exceed all industry standards, providing you with effective and discreet investigative services.
PROFILED SERVICE: Workers' Compensation Fraud Investigations
Surveillance and AOE/COE Investigations
A workers’ compensation investigation helps to examine the validity of a workers’ compensation claim. Unfortunately, people exaggerate the extent of their injuries or outright lie when filing a claim.
Employer’s, adjusters, third party administrators, and self-insurers use our Workers’ Compensation investigation services to assist in identifying and proving fraudulent claims.
Our team of private investigators at ICS of Illinois knows this better than most. For years, our investigators have been performing Workers’ Compensation and Insurance Investigations for a diverse range of companies. The primary focus of our workers’ comp investigations is to discover fraudulent injury claims which can help employers and insurance companies save thousands of dollars. During the workers comp investigation process; we will perform the necessary surveillance and investigation activities in order to uncover the truth. After conducting a thorough investigation, our private investigator can then provide a complete report, listing our findings and documenting any specific evidence we uncover. Overall, our workers compensation investigation services will help discover fraudulent workers compensation claims and provide the evidence and proof needed to defend against false claims.
The most compelling way worker’s compensation fraud can be proven is to show, primarily through surveillance, that an individual can return to work and be productive. People often obtain jobs where they can earn cash and hide their income to avoid discovery. Between the guaranteed paycheck and a part-time job that pays cash, people on disability can maintain their standard of living on much less work; all at the expense of the employer or insurer. This is where the experienced investigators at ICS of Illinois can make a difference.
ICS of Illinois can legally conduct surveillance nationwide, any time, in virtually any type of environment. Using cutting-edge technology, we can often overcome the most challenging conditions and capture video or still photography essential to proving criminal Workers’ Compensation fraud. We don’t just sit outside in the safety of our covert surveillance vehicles. Our investigators are trained and equipped to obtain interior video where many wouldn’t even attempt it.
Your assigned investigator will video-record all claimant activity as it occurs, in a non-intrusive manner that protects even the claimant’s legal rights to privacy. We gather necessary evidence to offer remedies that may include both criminal and civil action, and present it to you, your insurer and your legal counsel in a most usable, accurate and succinct format.