Information Unlimited, Inc.


Providing sophisticated investigative and research services to law firms, businesses and individuals.



Services including:

  • - Business and fraud investigation
  • - Due diligence research
  • - Asset/Divorce investigation
  • - Trademark infringement investigation
  • - Witness location



Information Unlimited, Inc. has been providing thorough and reliable investigative services to clients in the Philidelphia metropolitan region and across the country since 1985.

Services


For over 25 years we have been assisting clients with a wide variety of investigative matters. Here are some of the services we offer and a representative sample of successful projects we have completed:

Fraud Investigations

  • Investigated an alleged contract kickback scheme involving an executive in a Fortune 500 company.
  • Uncovered diversion of funds from a multi-million dollar real estate project.
  • Uncovered a securities fraud scheme and located recoverable assets for a swindled investor.

Asset and Divorce Investigations

Whether it's litigation, a collection matter or a divorce case, information about assets is often a critical element in a successful outcome. We specialize in working with lawyers and their clients to develop the asset information they need. Here are some examples of cases we've handled in all three areas:

  • Located stock, property and bank accounts in the Pacific Northwest controlled by a developer and his partners from whom our client was trying to collect on a judgment.
  • Located assets in the U.S. controlled by a foreigner against whom our client was trying to collect on a judgment.
  • Discovered numerous businesses and properties in the Southwest controlled by a debtor/defendant who had told our client that he was "penniless."
  • Discovered offshore companies that an individual from Europe had used to conceal his corporate holdings from a creditor.
  • Located substantial assets of two defendants in a personal injury case. The information enabled plaintiff's counsel to effect a settlement on favorable terms for the client.
  • Exposed a complex scheme by which a husband concealed hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of marital assets from his wife. As a result of the information we uncovered, the wife obtained a much larger property settlement in their divorce case.
  • Discovered a large number of properties that a husband had concealed from his wife during the marriage through the use of corporate and partnership entities. As a result, the wife was able to obtain a larger divorce settlement.

Business Investigations

  • Assisted outside corporate counsel in an investigation of a scheme by company employees to embezzle funds through an elaborate sales tax fraud. Information we gathered was used to recover stolen funds from the employees.
  • Assisted outside counsel for a major Wall Street firm with an investigation of its employees' handling of the sale of an improperly documented debt instrument. Information we gathered enabled the firm to assess its potential liability and avoid costly and embarrassing litigation.
  • Designed and implemented a comprehensive strategy to halt industrial sabotage in a large manufacturing plant.

Background Investigations

  • Alerted our client to the past misdeeds and business failures of a developer seeking $100 million in financing for a joint venture.
  • Uncovered information that our client used to successfully discredit an expert witness in a major lawsuit.
  • Uncovered an illegal business scheme promoted by a con man who represented himself to our client as a wealthy, reputable businessman.
  • Uncovered damaging information about a key witness in a potential anti-trust prosecution. As a result of the information we obtained, our lawyer client was able to persuade the prosecution to drop the case.

About



Information Unlimited, Inc. was established in 1985 by Anthony Lame to provide sophisticated investigative and research services to law firms, corporations and individuals. Under his direction, the firm has completed hundreds of investigations requiring the analysis and unraveling of complex transactions.


Prior to establishing the firm, Mr. Lame enjoyed a distinguished career as both a print and broadcast investigative reporter. From 1978 to 1984 he was employed by Westinghouse Broadcasting & Cable, Inc. for whom he organized and managed a seven-member investigative unit at KYW-TV, the "Group W" television station in Philadelphia. The unit, called the I-Team, produced scores of investigative reports on such subjects as tax fraud, government waste and political corruption. Under Mr. Lame's direction, the unit won 36 national and local awards.


Before joining Westinghouse Broadcasting, Mr. Lame served for eight years as city hall bureau chief and investigative reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer. In those capacities he was responsible for reporting, writing and editing hundreds of news reports exposing government contract fraud, political corruption and abuses in the criminal justice system for which he received numerous awards for excellence in reporting.


Mr. Lame holds an M.S. degree with Honors from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and a B.A. degree with High Honors from Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT.

Press



From The Pennsylvania Lawyer:


Their strong suit is corporate fraud cases, or the tracing of assets that have vanished in the face of a judgment, and in this they are aided by partner Robert Griggs, a 24-year veteran of the Internal Revenue Service's Criminal Fraud Division.


Attorney Edward Mullinex of Schnader, Harrison, Segal & Lewis contrasts them with the typical PI. "Their basic skills and intelligence are a good deal higher than what one usually finds in the field," he says, "and their ability to ferret out business and financial information is far greater than anyone else's."


Another Philadelphia attorney spoke of using Information Unlimited in a "rather substantial collection case" involving a company that had gone under. Initially, he notes, "we didn't think we'd recover a dime," but Information Unlimited not only tracked down the disappearing defendants, it also located concealed assets and amassed enough evidence to enable the attorney's client to go after the principals for fraud.


One defendant has already settled and will testify against his former cohorts. Litigation and investigation fees have been collected, and the client has even recovered some of his losses. The attorney says that as far as using Information Unlimited for a complicated and substantial asset investigation, "I'd hire them in a flash."


"What was essential in this case was that lawyer and investigator became a team," he says. "Some lawyers would probably take offense at taking advice or suggestions from an investigator as to discovery tactics, but if you use them to investigate, it's essential you work hand-in-hand, because they can tell you when you're missing something." He also found Information Unlimited skilled at getting witnesses "very disarmed very quickly."


Lawyers who have worked with the firm remark on its sensitivity to procedural niceties. Other investigators, one lawyer observes, do not always understand that lawyers are bound by a code of ethics and by court rules in obtaining evidence.


The general counsel of a major Philadelphia corporation had misgivings about a proposed multi-million dollar joint venture between his company and some developers with rather sparse credentials. The principals were about to close (and the corporation was about to turn over a "substantial amount" in consulting and development fees), when the urgent call came to Information Unlimited to come up with information on the prospective partners. What Information Unlimited uncovered in two days' time and starting with little more than the names and Social Security numbers, included Securities and Exchange Commission violations, an unbroken string of failures among other start-ups in which one would-be partner had been involved and a strong suspicion that another was a con man. "I was astonished by the extent and depth of their investigation," the counsel said. "They were able to come up with information that I could never have found in 1,000 years."


From The Pennsylvania Lawyer:


What they do is collect vital information for corporations, banks and law firms. Most of it is public information, but much of it is hard to find. They know where to look, have excellent sources and are diligent in their pursuit of facts. By tenacious scrutiny of thousands of documents and ingenious computer searches, they have assisted some of the region's best-known firms.


In one case they identified and located assets worth millions of dollars for a corporation seeking to force a defendant to settle a lawsuit.


In another, they conducted an investigations to determine whether a top executive had misappropriated corporate property.


In one ongoing case, the business detectives have been probing an alleged kick-back scheme involving an officer of a Fortune 500 Company.

Clients


We have successfully completed projects for scores of law firms and businesses across the country. Listed below is a representative sample of some of the firms for whom we have provided the Winning Edge.


  • Businesses and Government

  • Scott Paper Company
  • Whirlpool Corporation
  • Royal Insurance Company
  • Greyhound Corporation
  • PA Insurance Department
  • PA Commerce Department
  • US HealthCare
  • Colonial Penn Insurance Company

Contact Info



Information Unlimited, Inc.

895 Glenbrook Ave.

Bryn Mawr, PA 19010


Phone: (610) 649-8989     Fax: (610) 520-9019


email: aclame@info-unlimited.com