Not so fast.....picking your suppliers should be done with quality in mind to avoid any Gaps in service.

Not so fast.....picking your suppliers should be done with quality in mind to avoid any Gaps in service.

Assessing supply chain risk is imperative. Simply put, the operation needs to run smoothly, with no disruption from a revenue standpoint or to a company’s reputation and brand.  As much as its people and products, an organization’s suppliers and service providers are a cornerstone of its success and its ability to deliver value to its customers.   

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Reputation can be damaging: Going down the Well

Reputation can be damaging: Going down the Well

Throughout my career, I have been a member of some fantastic research-oriented organizations in the financial services industry, all of which focused on the numbers.  Whether it be evaluating credit worthiness, interpreting bond and loan documentation, spotting aggressive revenue recognition tactics, or measuring macroeconomic impact, these organizations sought to detect catalysts that could change how investors would value the company.  However, what these services did not focus on was the appraisal of a company's reputation in the eyes of its customers and its investors.  

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Thorough Investment Intelligence

Thorough Investment Intelligence

Gryphon Strategies would like to spotlight our investment intelligence service, designed to equip investment funds, legal firms, family offices, and nonprofits with the information necessary to strengthen their portfolios, their partnerships, and their operations.  Utilizing public records, open-source materials, and human intelligence, we assess the subject’s fitness as a partner and positioning to achieve operational objectives.

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Open Source is Fundamentally Changing Investigations

Open Source is Fundamentally Changing Investigations

 In the digital age, the most useful tools for collecting intelligence are no longer a magnifying glass and a tape recorder, but a mouse and a keyboard. Open source intelligence made headlines last spring with the arrest of the Golden State Killer, after California police were able to match criminal DNA found at the scene with DNA of a relative who had uploaded genetic information to a public genealogy website. Although DNA is a well-established method to identify criminals, using this database marked a fundamentally new approach for investigators. Here we discuss how open and crowd sourced information is increasingly informing the casework of seasoned prosecutors and investigators.

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Employee Spotlight: Nirali Patel - Director and Quality Control Extraordinaire

Employee Spotlight: Nirali Patel - Director and Quality Control Extraordinaire

 Nirali Patel, Director for Gryphon Strategies, shares her experience in the Due Diligence team as part of our employee spotlight series.

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Still Looking for that Smoking Gun? Look to the Data.

Still Looking for that Smoking Gun? Look to the Data.

 As seasoned investigators and litigators, we are always on the hunt for that “smoking gun.” Whether it be a detailed memo or salacious email, we are hopeful that there is some piece of information that will help make our case. Unfortunately, management may give directives in meetings or over the phone – leaving no tell-all email or memo for you to uncover in your document production. Without cooperating witnesses, you may feel like you have no other options.

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40% of Applicants Lie on Their Resumes – Here’s How to Find the Truth

40% of Applicants Lie on Their Resumes – Here’s How to Find the Truth

A recent study reported that almost 40% of applicants lied on their resumes at some point in their careers. And they usually get away with it – nearly half of human resources professionals do not always check listed employee qualifications. The most common fabrication we see is applicants listing degrees they never earned or fell short of earning. Although you may only have an applicant’s resume, it should not be your only source when examining an applicant's employment credentials. Credit:

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Forgers Usually Don’t Show Their Work - Detecting Altered Documents Using Data

Forgers Usually Don’t Show Their Work - Detecting Altered Documents Using Data

Last week, federal prosecutors announced new charges against Paul Manafort for hiding millions of dollars in assets overseas. Prosecutors found this because of a lucky break – Manafort emailed his business associate Rick Gates asking him to convert a PDF statement into a Word document so that Manafort could edit it. Once Manafort finished editing the statement, he sent the document back to Gates to turn it back into a PDF. If you are not fortunate enough to have a paper trail showing the forgeries or alterations, what are your options? In this more likely scenario, you can use data science techniques to pull content and information from documents to track their differences.

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"On the Cheap" AML Cost U.S. Bank $613 Million

Enhanced due-diligence on higher risk customers is just one part of an effective Anti-Money Laundering (“AML”) compliance program. In February, federal regulators and the U.S. Attorney's Office of the Southern District of New York announced $613 million in penalties against U.S. Bankcorp for knowingly failing to maintain a robust AML compliance program. Their release states that U.S. Bankcorp “operated the program ‘on the cheap’ by restricting headcount and other compliance resources.”

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Avoiding Newsworthy Hiring Mistakes

Avoiding Newsworthy Hiring Mistakes

The recent controversy surrounding the Trump Administration’s 24-year Deputy Chief of Staff for the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) highlights the importance of pre-employment due diligence and background checks. At an absolute minimum, hiring managers should verify employment and education before onboarding a new employee. We have uncovered countless individuals who have outright lied about their education credentials or intentionally left gaps in their employment history because of unflattering events at those employers. Verifying employment and education information alone would have flagged Mr. Weyeneth for further review – and potentially avoided a very bad day in the press

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