• Report: #353539
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Able Forensic Investigations

  • Submitted: Mon, July 21, 2008
  • Updated: Fri, July 25, 2008

  • Reported By:ARCATA California
Able Forensic Investigations
2658 Del Mar Heights Road # 187 Del Mar, California U.S.A.

Able Forensic Investigations $2500.00 Retainer N0 Invoices & NO Results, But Wants More Money to Finish Cheating me Del Mar California

*Author of original report: Kathleen Kierba Kiernan Trust - aka Kathleen Trust Kiernan

*Author of original report: Primary Target of Investigation : Junior Gym of Los Angeles

*Author of original report: Finally Received My Original File - Missing Many Records

*Author of original report: Refund Requested

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: Rebuttal to Complaint against Able Forensic Investigations

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: Rebuttal to Complaint against Able Forensic Investigations

*Author of original report: Howard Eisemann now threatening "defamation" action

*Author of original report: Able Forensic Investigators Website

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Howard Eisemann of Able Investigations is the place to go if you're a masochist and love being taken advantage of. They need a lot of money over there and would love to have yours.

I paid Able Investigations a 2,500.00 retainer ($175.00 per hr) to perform a forensic asset investigation and gave Mr. Eisemann a 10 inch thick file of documents pertaining to the investigation. He wanted $4,500 but agreed to the "reduced fee" because that was all I had. What a sweetheart, full of compassion, that one.

Several months later, he informs me that he needs another $2,000 payment to complete the investigation and explains that his work is done in 3 stages; raw data, verification process, tracking. The 2,500.00 I paid him only covers the "raw data" stage, which, he says, is useless by itself since it is just pages and pages of unverified account numbers and names. He has to pay a lot of people to investigate the raw data and the searches are expensive he explains. He's already spent 17-18 hours on it he tells me.

I didn't have $2,000 but thought I might be able to borrow the money from a relative, if he could at least assure me that there was good reason to invest more money. To which he responds that he has "confirmed" the existence of "8-9 different accounts" including "Merrill Lynch, D.F. Hutton, equity fund and money market accounts", and that the business in question is "involved in a trust" of which there is "no distribution"... Which is odd, he says, he can't figure out why there is no distribution - "money goes in but doesn't come out" he explains. (huh?) He'll have to look at that closer he says.

Ok I'm a hopeful type and trusted him. I couldn't believe he would rip off a recent widow and the "I've confirmed 8-9 different accounts" thing impressed me. So I inquired a bit further and was told "the money's here, no doubt about it", but, he will need the $2,000 in full in order to produce a viable finished result that can be used by an attorney. Don't worry he says, it's 75% done and he'll keep working on it, because he "trusts" me to pay him.

I call him a few weeks later and ask him if I can take what he's already "confirmed' to an attorney's office "as is", and he launches into a lengthy explanation about how an attorney doesn't care about where the money WAS; they have to know where it is NOW, so that they can attach it, thereby being sure to collect their contingency fee. Therefore it wouldn't do me any good to take it to an attorney "as is."

He assures me that he'll personally refer me to 3 different attorneys when he's done and I can simply have a phone interview with each of them; I won't have to come back to Los Angeles for any court proceedings either; the attorney will simply file a "Summary Judgement" and I won't even need to be there. I can go ahead and move out of state he says, no problem, no worries, it's such a forthright case. (I moved to Northern california instead)

Two more months go by and I am unable to come up with $2,000 to pay him.

My Niece, a senior year law student at UC Davis (yes we're proud of her) inspects my retainer agreement and asks : "Have you received any invoices from him indicating services performed or expenses incurred?" (N0) ... "Has he given you a preliminary investigative report which indicates the need for further investigation ?" (N0) .."Has he given you anything remotely similar to what is described on the "Able Forensics Investigations" website as what to expect in an "Able Forensics Asset Investigation?" (N0)

Ok now I'm starting to worry so I call him to request an invoice which includes the "balance due" of $2,000, and ask him to please return my original documents with it - No problem, he says, he'll have it in the mail to me that afternoon. A week later, still no invoice and no returned documents. I email him every week for 6 weeks and he keeps telling me it'll be in the mail soon; Tomorrow, Friday, next week, etc.

Last night, Sunday evening about 9:00 pm, I finally receive a pdf file from Howard Eisemann at "Able Forensic Investigations" which proves to be an impoverished pathetic excuse entitled "Preliminary Investigative Report." There are many misspelled words including my husband's name and his date of death is consistently inaccurate. (does this man drink?) No mention of any of the accounts he "confirmed" and no mention of the business ownership at all. In essence, says he couldn't find anything and since I did not "replenish the retainer" that was as far as he got. (nowhere)

No sign of my original documents yet, but he assures me he will "Fed-Ex" them to me tomorrow along with the paper version of the pdf file and needs my physical address since Fed-Ex can't deliver to my P.O. Box.

(Like I need a worthless piece of paper written by an idiot in a big d**n hurry....Oh ya, be sure and "Fed-Ex" it to me speedily so I can "replenish" my scrap paper pile !!!
can't wait ! )

Anyone want to randomly speculate on whether any of my original documents will be returned? - How about the certified real estate document with the person's name, address, and investor # on it - the same person BTY, who, as stated in the hastily improvised "Preliminary Investigative Report", owns NO real property ? Think that one will be coming back?

Another Los Angeles land shark Lesson : vulnerability is just like the smell of blood to these vultures.

Anyway. I vote that this worthless unethical company re-name themselves :

"UNABLE INVESTIGATIONS."

Don't go there unless you feel the urge to bend over.

Yours truly,
Jessica

Jesikamay
ARCATA, California
U.S.A.

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 07/21/2008 05:11 AM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/reports/able-forensic-investigations/del-mar-california-92014/able-forensic-investigations-250000-retainer-n0-invoices-no-results-but-wants-more-mo-353539. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.

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#1 Author of original report

Kathleen Kierba Kiernan Trust - aka Kathleen Trust Kiernan

AUTHOR: Jesikamay - (U.S.A.)

I've been doing some research the last few days and found that the "Trust" that's affiliated with "Junior Gym" is 107 years old and is called the "Kathleen Kierba Kiernan Trust." Sometimes it's refered to as the "Kathleen Trust Kiernan."

The really odd thing is that all or most of the people affiliated with this trust use many different alias names; primarily distinct variations on their legal names.

My husbands relatives and business partners all use many alias names and this habit appears to have increased since he died. The list I have of all the alias's used is long and I have cross-referenced and double-checked them - what in the world are these people up to? I've never seen anything like this.

Interesting that Howard Eisemann found NO pertinent information but after spending a few hours researching through public records online, I found this trust which has the business address of "Junior Gym" listed under it along with a bunch of other properties it apparently owns. What the heck ?
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#2 Author of original report

Primary Target of Investigation : Junior Gym of Los Angeles

AUTHOR: Jesikamay - (U.S.A.)

To see the background information on Junior Gym of Los Angeles, please enter "Junior Gym" into the search box on ripoffreport.com.
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Finally Received My Original File - Missing Many Records

AUTHOR: Jesikamay - (U.S.A.)

Mr. Eisemann finally sent what's left of my original documents and I received them today. On first glance I immediately saw that all of the certified copies of real estate records are missing with the exception of 3 records.

I paid $300.00 to Ventura County to get the certified copies, which I have receipts for. All of the real estate records were originally in the file I gave Mr. Eisemann to use as reference in the investigation. Now they are gone.

In addition two file holders were returned completely empty and my original typed list of all names, addresses, and other pertinent information are also missing.

I am beginning to wonder if this is a case of collusion. Either that, and/or Howard Eisemann is a vicious individual who has not one drop of integrity.
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#4 Author of original report

Refund Requested

AUTHOR: Jesikamay - (U.S.A.)

Mr. Eiseman's Rebuttal is almost as bad as his report.

I have requested a full refund from Able Investigations and asked that he return all my original documents. (again)
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#5 REBUTTAL Owner of company

Rebuttal to Complaint against Able Forensic Investigations

AUTHOR: Able Forensics Investigations - (U.S.A.)

My name is Howard Eisemann and I am the owner of Able Forensic Investigations. The following constitites a rebuttal to a complaint filed by Jessics **** with respect to the performance of certain investigative initiatives.

Firstly, all Private Investigators in California are licensed and activitiies governed by the Department of Consumor Affairs Bureau of Investigative Services. Additionally, and at a mimimum, Private Investigators are requirred to provide a Client with a Retainer or Agreement for Services, a Report of Activities performed as well as a Statement concerning fees charged. Ms. **** was benefited by a Retainer Agreement, Report and Statement of fees charged.

Ms. **** signed and agreed to the terms of a Retainer Agreement. This Retainer Agreement states clearly that all investigations will be haulted once the Retainer is depleated and will not resume until the Client replensihes the Retainer. Ms **** also was was provided with a Investigative Summary as well as a Statement listing fees charges against the inplace Retainer.

Ms. **** asked for and received the Investigative Summary as requested on July 20, 2008.

I received an e-mail from Ms **** on July 21, 2008 in which she stated certain concerns and objections as to the nature and content of the Summary, namely the lack of definitive information concerning the object of the Investigation.

I stated to Ms **** on numerous occasions, prior to and on January 15, 2008, the date she signed the Retainer Agreement, that an investigation of this sort would involve a minimum of 25 hours of investigative initiative and that the initial $2500 Retainer would not allow exculpatory findings. She agreed to this stipulation and promised to increase the retainer so that the investigation could be completed appropriately. I would not have taken the Case if I was aware that you would not be in a position to replenish the retainer as necessary.

I contacted Ms **** in late March 2008 and informed her that the Retainer had been depleated and that she would need to replensih the promised additional funds so to continue. I received an e-mail from her, in which she stated that she understood the situation and agreed again to replenish the retainer. The retainer was never paid and the Case Investigation was put on hold.

Ms **** stated in an e-mail in early July 2008 that she was meeting with her lawyer and needed the findings of the unfinished Case Investigation . I informed her that I was on vacation and would have the findings prepared as an Interim Summary and sent to her on my return. The report she received on July 20, 2008 constituted the findings as of the date the investigation was haulted.

The Interim Report contained only material we were able to verify. Clearly, there was a considerable amount of work still to be completed. This work was not completed nor able to be verified within the time allowed and was accordingly not reported.

Clearly, the information contained in the Report received by Ms. **** on July 20, 2008 is not a completed investigative case analysis and only presents the verifiable findings as of March 31, 2008. It is was to be confused with a finished Investigative Summary and was not intended as such.

I have expressed my concern and apology to Ms. **** that the investigative initiatives performed did not provide her with the evidence she need to pursue a certain legal matter further. Clearly, Ms **** was well aware of the limitations and constraints on our activities as a result of her decision to not maintain a retainer, as agreed to by her in the Retainer Agreement, from which we can be paid for our work.

Respectfully Submitted

Howard L. Eisemann
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#6 REBUTTAL Owner of company

Rebuttal to Complaint against Able Forensic Investigations

AUTHOR: Able Forensics Investigations - (U.S.A.)

My name is Howard Eisemann and I am the owner of Able Forensic Investigations. The following constitites a rebuttal to a complaint filed by Jessics **** with respect to the performance of certain investigative initiatives.

Firstly, all Private Investigators in California are licensed and activitiies governed by the Department of Consumor Affairs Bureau of Investigative Services. Additionally, and at a mimimum, Private Investigators are requirred to provide a Client with a Retainer or Agreement for Services, a Report of Activities performed as well as a Statement concerning fees charged. Ms. **** was benefited by a Retainer Agreement, Report and Statement of fees charged.

Ms. **** signed and agreed to the terms of a Retainer Agreement. This Retainer Agreement states clearly that all investigations will be haulted once the Retainer is depleated and will not resume until the Client replensihes the Retainer. Ms **** also was was provided with a Investigative Summary as well as a Statement listing fees charges against the inplace Retainer.

Ms. **** asked for and received the Investigative Summary as requested on July 20, 2008.

I received an e-mail from Ms **** on July 21, 2008 in which she stated certain concerns and objections as to the nature and content of the Summary, namely the lack of definitive information concerning the object of the Investigation.

I stated to Ms **** on numerous occasions, prior to and on January 15, 2008, the date she signed the Retainer Agreement, that an investigation of this sort would involve a minimum of 25 hours of investigative initiative and that the initial $2500 Retainer would not allow exculpatory findings. She agreed to this stipulation and promised to increase the retainer so that the investigation could be completed appropriately. I would not have taken the Case if I was aware that you would not be in a position to replenish the retainer as necessary.

I contacted Ms **** in late March 2008 and informed her that the Retainer had been depleated and that she would need to replensih the promised additional funds so to continue. I received an e-mail from her, in which she stated that she understood the situation and agreed again to replenish the retainer. The retainer was never paid and the Case Investigation was put on hold.

Ms **** stated in an e-mail in early July 2008 that she was meeting with her lawyer and needed the findings of the unfinished Case Investigation . I informed her that I was on vacation and would have the findings prepared as an Interim Summary and sent to her on my return. The report she received on July 20, 2008 constituted the findings as of the date the investigation was haulted.

The Interim Report contained only material we were able to verify. Clearly, there was a considerable amount of work still to be completed. This work and was not comleted able to be verified within the time allowed and was accordingly not reported.

Clearly, the information contained in the Report received by Ms. **** on July 20, 2008 is not a completed investigative case analysis and only presents the verifiable findings as of March 31, 2008. It is was to be confused with a finished Investigative Summary and was not intended as such.

I have expressed my concern and apology to Ms. **** that the investigative initiatives performed did not provide her with the evidence she need to pursue a certain legal matter further. Clearly, Ms **** was well aware of the limitations and constraints on our activities as a result of her decision to not maintain a retainer, as agreed to by her in the Retainer Agreement, from which we can be paid for our work.

Respectfully Submitter

Howard L. Eisemann
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#7 Author of original report

Howard Eisemann now threatening "defamation" action

AUTHOR: Jesikamay - (U.S.A.)

Mr Eisemann is apparently very upset with me. Could it be that he's as upset as I was when I realized that he had no intention of performing any actual work on my case? Ripping off a recent widow has to be amongst the lowest forms of life on planet earth.

He's mad because I wouldn't give him more money and after he sent me that bogus report, he thought I would slide under a rug and disappear and I didn't. Thank goodness for forums like Ripoffreport.com where the rich and powerful can't buy a cover for their sleazy activities.
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Able Forensic Investigators Website

AUTHOR: Jesikamay - (U.S.A.)

http://ableforensics.com/
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