DDC was engaged to conduct due diligence research on a company’s senior executives as part of our client’s investment due diligence regime.

DDC found that one executive was recently arrested for sexual assault, assault and public intoxication, all three incidents occurring on separate dates within the same year.  In addition, this person’s probation / parole was modified and they were required to undergo counseling.

The executive had told our client that he had a prior assault charge but that it was dropped and the case was sealed because while he did assault his wife, it was only because he had found out that she was cheating on him.

What’s interesting about this assignment is that in various federated database reports, information on the three arrests were incomplete or potentially misleading (for example, none showed an entry for sexual assault, but some showed 2 assaults, and others only one).  DDC acquired the arrest warrants for each and found that the subject did in fact assault his wife after finding out that she cheated on him and her admission that she did so.  The next day he assaulted her again, including rape, which he immediately admitted when confronted by the arresting officers.  He was arrested much later for public intoxication. DDC did not find any indication that any of the three cases were sealed.  DDC believes that the only way these incidents would be fully discovered would be if a party searched directly in every jurisdiction where the subject has a contact or connection, like DDC does in every instance, rather than relying solely on one or more federated databases (most investigators typically rely on one main federated database).

Peter Barakett

DDC Investigations LLC

DDC – Due Diligence Consulting LLC