Complex Cases Made Simpler

With advances in technology and the growing complexity of global banking and business, numerous new avenues of deceit have been created for swindlers to mask illegal and fraudulent activity. In this digital age, the movement of money between companies, governments and persons has become easier to do and harder to follow for those responsible for the financial accountability of their corporations and businesses. While advances in technology and the world monetary system have been quick, application development for complex financial investigations has been slow to grow. The time has come for the announcement of DIO (short for Diogenes), a database technology.

Sage Investigations, LLC offers the legal profession, fraud examiners, and financial investigators Diogenes – software and services for data organization, case management, and reporting. Sage’s proprietary software decreases the time on cases from preparation to reporting, while increasing the accuracy of data and scope of any complex financial investigations where following money is important, including embezzlement, bankruptcy, divorce asset tracing, and white collar fraud.

Case Study: Investigations by Sage generally involve boxes of records including bank, brokerage and credit card statements, and other records of assets and liabilities which are digitized, organized and categorized into actionable information usable by DIO. Recently, Sage was retained to help develop evidence to defend a client whose assets, in excess of $2,000,000, were seized for Civil Forfeiture by US Government agencies. Sage has found that the use of digital tools such as standard spreadsheets cannot do the job, so DIO was implemented to analyze the income records, bank, brokerage, and credit card statements and related records of a number of people and entities. DIO’s techniques and tools expedited the data entry process into digital financial data objects. These data objects were exported into the DIO application for the creation of a database that appends the images of the relevant documents for over 25 bank and brokerage accounts. Reporting is in the form of a Sources and Uses Statement and other IRS CI approved indirect methods of proof. Using Sage as a partner in the defense decreased the initial tedious work load of the lawyers and afforded the client a more reasonable cost for the compilation of the data in a workable format. It also afforded the client the expertise of forensic accountants and Certified Fraud Examiners. In the long run, the use of DIO increased the potential case load of the lawyer, which in turn increased firm profits.

DIO Features:

  • Integrated financial data object translators
  • Interfaces for manual data entry and organization
  • Ability to follow the movement of money between accounts
  • Classification of every transaction as whole or in pieces
  • Capability to add notes and link transactions into groups
  • True dual-screen interface
  • Intuitive recommendations for data organization
  • Advanced search tools including fuzzy searching features
  • Images of documentation for every transaction
  • Backup and Restore features for case management

If you are faced with a complex financial investigation or income tax defense, contact Sage Investigation, LLC. DIO is waiting to help you process the case data and help in defending your client or if a plaintiff matter, DIO can help you follow the money and advance the development of your case. To learn more about helping your client, contact Retired IRS Special Agent Edmond J. Martin, Chief Investigator at Sage Investigations, LLC, e-mail website: or call 512-659-3179.