About Us: Michael West Bio
Arkansas Investigations is owned by Michael West who has over 32 years experience as an investigator, trainer and speaker. He holds A.A., B.S. and M.S. degrees as well as several credits toward his doctoral degree. He has attended over 45 specialized training and educational programs in addition to 20+ CPE training hours per year. Over the past few years, he has: investigated Workers Compensation, unexplained deaths, and various levels of fraud, insurance investigations and interviews; conducted record and asset searches, hundreds of background investigations, mystery shopper assignments, police misconduct, public integrity investigations, police department investigations, and domestic investigations. In addition, he has addressed child custody issues, stolen property, and a host of other types of investigations, in addition to spending hundreds of hours recording and photographing discreet surveillances.
He has also conducted and managed investigations ranging from simple assaults to international drug smuggling cases, sex crimes, homicide, and national security matters.
As a Certified Fraud Examiner, an experienced legal investigator and Certified Law Enforcement Instructor, he is experienced in local, state, federal, Department of Justice, private enterprise, corporate security, and Department of Defense(DoD) issues.
Some of his most notable investigations include:
His specialties include computer crimes and fraud; developing and teaching several courses on both topics. He has been credentialed to conduct National Security background investigations and Public Trust investigations for highly sensitive security clearances and government positions and projects, including applicants, managers, and executives.
He has investigated allegations into ethics violations, corporate fraud, procurement fraud, medical fraud, conducted undercover operations, and he is a former computer forensics examiner who also has conducted detailed analysis and data-mining of millions of Medicare records for healthcare fraud investigations.
He has taught a variety of subjects at several law enforcement academies, the Department of Justice's National Advocacy Center and at the National White Collar Crime Center. He's helped develop the prosecution strategy for the prosecution of a nationwide medical fraud investigation involving over 179 co-conspirators and has reviewed hundreds of medical records for improper billing and improper charges. He has conducted threat assessments for high profile individuals, conducted vulnerability surveys and intrusion evaluations into highly guarded and secure facilities, and has evaluated physical structures for security threats. He offers two courses which have been approved by the Arkansas Supreme Court for Certified Legal Education (CLE) credits for attorneys.
An expert at evaluating complex investigative and law enforcement programs, he has taught literally thousands of police officers, security practitioners, investigators, attorneys and prosecutors, a variety of subjects such as: Technology in Investigations and Litigation, Computer Search and Seizure, Internet as an Investigative Tool, Financial Records Examination and Analysis, Advanced Fraud Investigations, Contract Fraud, Use of Force, Investigative Report Writing, Interviews and Interrogations, Computer Fraud, Computer Evidence, Disaster Fraud, Basic Fraud Investigation, Macintosh Forensics, Sources of Information, Surveillance, and Protective Service Operations (to include President Reagan and President Bush and a host of other dignitaries).
One of his most recent published articles is about an actual fraud that occurred in the Little Rock area. It was published in the May/June 2006 issue of the international magazine of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. A copy of the article can be found by clicking here (Originally published in the FRAUD Magazine, May/June 2006, and used with permission of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE). Additional articles and newsletters can be found on our sitemap page.
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