Curtis L. Novy, Chief Investigator & Real Estate Broker
Denver Los Angeles Phoenix Riverside San Diego San Francisco

White Collar Crimes Investigator


Introduction to our firm

Welcome to, a subsidiary service of Financial Investigative Services (FIS). Our specialization is the investigation of complex financial crimes throughout Arizona, California, and Colorado. Our team of skilled investigators, forensic document examiners, and leading expert witnesses conduct confidential investigations to guide legal teams in understanding financial matters.

We also serve as court approved expert witnesses in state and federal courts. Litigation by financially trained attorneys, in conjunction with our investigation and expert witness services, may lead to recovery of lost or stolen property. Our job is to lay the foundation for attorneys to build civil litigation claims and pursue fraudsters for recovery through the courts.

Who is responsible for conducting financial investigations?

Curtis L. Novy is a seasoned professional with 25+ years of investigative and expert witness experience who is uniquely qualified based on his experience and formal training as a bank fraud examiner, certified fraud investigator, mortgage underwriter, and real estate broker.

Mr. Novy has been retained on 200+ civil and criminal fraud cases and has testified in state and federal courts with a substantial number of court wins for his clients. Combining the skills of an investigator with technical experience as an expert witness provides a two-prong approach for clients seeking justice.  

Specializing in Financial Investigations

We focus on cases typically involving:

  • • Bankruptcy Fraud
  • • Bank Fraud
  • • Commercial & Residential Real Estate
  • • Corporate Theft
  • • Divorce Asset Concealment
  • • Elder Financial Abuse
  • • Embezzlement
  • • Escrow & Title Insurance Fraud
  • • Forged Loan Documents & Deeds
  • • Identity Theft
  • • Insurance Fraud
  • • Investment Scams
  • • Mortgage Fraud
  • • Private or Hard Money Loans
  • • Real Estate Fraud
  • • Wire Fraud
  • • Wrongful Foreclosures
  • • Probate Administration Fraud

Understanding White Collar Crimes

White collar crime expert witnesses may be needed in cases involving fraud, embezzlement, insider trading, money laundering, real estate fraud, and other financial crimes committed by individuals or corporations.

Not all white-collar crime cases involve public figures or the loss of millions of dollars. Most cases we are retained on often involve much smaller losses that severally impact small businesses and individuals who have been scammed out of their life savings.

We conduct our investigations in the same manner as law enforcement agencies and district attorney investigators. In fact, we often have access to the same background and information databases used by white-collar agencies, such as the FBI and IRS. We interview subjects and witnesses to gather facts and collect evidence.

Our focus is not prosecution of fraudsters, our job is to assist attorneys in documenting that fraud has occurred, identify the subjects, secure evidence, and provide investigative reports detailing the facts.

 Once our investigation is completed, financially focused attorneys can then pursue legal options to recover misappropriated or stolen property. We can also file victim witness reports with local District Attorney Offices or federal agencies for criminal prosecution. In our experience, law enforcement is receptive to investigating a potential criminal case when presented with a strong, well documented case.

Financial Fraud Investigations

Financial Investigative Services (FIS) is a licensed private investigative agency and financial advisory firm specializing in complex civil and criminal fraud, and high profile financial investigations. FIS’s leadership and investigative team consists of highly skilled professionals with 10+ years of industry experience with advanced training certification.

White Collar Crimes

Crimes encompass a wide range of fraudulent activities such as public corruption, health care fraud, mortgage fraud, securities fraud, and money laundering, including other forms like embezzlement, tax evasion, fake charities, and insider trading

Mortgage Fraud

Mortgage fraud involves individuals who deliberately lie about, or omit information that can be used by a mortgage underwriter, lender or borrower in the process of buying, funding or insuring a mortgage loan. Mortgage fraud can be committed by a borrower or a lender.

Fraud Investigations

A fraud investigation examines the evidence to determine whether or not a fraud occurred, how it occurred, who was involved, and how much money was lost. Investigations are conducted in various cases, including embezzlement, falsification of financial statements, and suspicious insurance claims.

Contract Fraud

Contract fraud occurs when one party to a contract uses information that is false, misleading, or deceitful that persuades the other party to enter into an agreement. This misleading action is intended to deceive or trick the other person into signing a contract that they may not otherwise have agreed to.

Expert Witness

Mr. Novy has been retained as a confidential consultant or expert witness related to bank fraud, document forgery, financial fraud, mortgage & real estate fraud, and real estate investment fraud. Mr. Novy has testified in state and federal courts and retained by state and federal agencies nationwide.

Fraud Investigation Process

A consultation is the first step so the prospective client can explain and discuss their situation, sharing the reasons they believe they have been defrauded. A retainer is agreed upon with an outline of the scope of the investigation. After approval and payment, the investigative process begins. Evidence and documents are examined, witnesses may be interviewed, conflicting accounts are evaluated and the information is weighed.

Do I Need a Fraud Investigator?

If you believe that you are the victim of a scam, and that you may lose significant amounts of money and, in some cases, your good name, proving a fraud actually occurred, can be very complicated. Evidence that you gather on your own may not be admissible in court. A qualified, experienced and licensed fraud investigator helps you find the answers you need to make a good case for compensation.

Specializing in
White Collar Crimes

Expertise in a variety of 'White Collar Crime' investigations

Mortgage & Real Estate Crimes

Wire Fraud, Foreclosure Relief, Loan-Flipping, Commercial RE Investments, Home Inspections, Rental Scam, Title Or Deed Scams, etc.

Financial Crimes Investigations

Business Opportunity or Employment Scams, IRS or Government Imposters, Foreign Money Exchange Scams, Bogus Debt Collections, etc.

Elder Financial Abuse Crimes

Fake Charities, Contest Winner Scams, Government Impersonation, Stolem Money or Property, Identity Theft, Undue Influence, etc.

Witness Interviews & Reports

A vital part of many investigation assignments which involves locating, interviewing and obtaining a statement that can be beneficial.

Anti-Money Laundering

(BSA-AML) Money laundering involves hiding large amounts of money made illegally to make it look legitimate. A serious crime with heavy penalties.

Probate Administration Fraud

Probate fraud can be when an administrator submits false information, makes unauthorized transactions, or removes assets.

Useful Resources

Professional Credentials
& Memberships

  • • American Bar Association/Non-Attorney Member/Real Estate Group
  • • Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS)
  • • Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE)
  • • California Association of Licensed Investigators (CALI)
  • • California Financial Criminal Investigator’s Association (CFCIA)
  • • Certified Fraud Investigator (CFI Credential)
  • • International Association of Financial Investigators (IAFIA)
  • • Professional Private Investigators Association of Colorado (PPIAC)