A good read in its own right, this is all the more interesting for the casual mention of access to government data. Not a shocker, people are most sympathetic to people similar to themselves, and most PIs have a law enforcement background.

Someone like this woman probably does not come cheap. She is but one example of how the extremely wealthy could reasonably have access to techniques or information from government sources. The casual reader might look at my writings and think that I’m paranoid – just because someone is after me doesn’t mean everyone is. True, but we also need to look at the world as it actually is, not as we wished it would be.

It is abundantly clear, however, that some government agencies have more data than sense with which to use it. Obviously, I’m not important enough to bring a major federal investigation against me. That doesn’t mean some slick huckster can’t arrange for it to happen. We know the insurance industry is ready to take public money. That just leaves internal controls to prevent such a waste. Fat chance!

THE PEOPLE GOMEZ CHASES UNDERSTAND THAT STAYING OUT OF JAIL IN THE 21ST CENTURY REQUIRES THE ABILITY TO MINIMIZE THEIR DIGITAL TRAIL.

Puzzled, Gomez resorted to a resource she taps only rarely: the help of friends at federal agencies, friends for whom she has done favors and who in return are willing to let her check her information against government databases. “Their databases turn up what we call ‘trace details’ that you can’t get with the databases available to ordinary citizens,” Gomez says: phone numbers, addresses, company and individual names that have in some way been associated. “I found there was almost nothing on Ryan Eugene Mullen, DOB November 11, 1977, but there was a bunch of stuff connected to a Ryan Patrick Mullen, DOB December 4, 1980,” Gomez says. “That Mullen existed mainly as the agent for companies that had cases against them involving bank fraud.” There was also a trail of lawsuits and criminal charges relating to worthless checks. She decided to concentrate on Ryan Patrick Mullen. “But it was just tentative,” Gomez says. “I mean, this was a maze.”

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