Casey Anthony, famously found not guilty of murdering her two-year-old daughter, Caylee, in 2008, has started a new private investigation company in Florida.
However, Anthony, 34, is not legally permitted to conduct investigations because she hasn’t even applied for a P.I. license.
To do investigative work in Florida for her West Palm Beach company, Case Research & Consulting Services, Anthony has to obtain a Class C, a process that requires two years of training, a background check and a state exam.
The address listed on the LLC registration document is the home of Florida private investigator, Patrick McKenna, who was lead investigator for Anthony's defense team in the 2011 trial.
Following her sentencing, McKenna told the Palm Beach Post was a flawed person but not a murderer.
“Yeah, she's a liar. Yeah, she's disturbed. She may be a very disturbed young woman, but she ain't no murderer,” McKenna said. “She loved that baby. I think the jury saw that this kid didn’t commit first-degree murder.”
Anthony was found guilty in 2011 of four misdemeanor counts of providing false information to law enforcement.
Anthony didn’t tell authorities she hadn’t seen Caylee for weeks until after the child’s grandmother called police and said Anthony’s car smelled of a dead body.
Six months after she disappeared Caylee's skeletal remains were found with a blanket inside a laundry bag in a wooded area near the Anthony family’s house.
PI Helps Cops Solve 52-Year-Old Murder Mystery
It took more than five decades but authorities have solved a 1969 cold case murder with the help of a private investigator.
In March, 1969 Leroy Ortiz, a promising boxer, left his Ogden, Utah, home and was never seen again. His mother watched her son leave with two unidentified “young” adults.
His body was found about three weeks later in a diversion dam.
Ortiz’s family said Leroy was known as a championship boxer, not a street fighter.
“He was a boxer and never was looking for any fights outside the ring,” said his brother Arnold Ortiz.
He was preparing for the national championships when he disappeared.
The missing persons case turned into a murder investigation after his body was found.
The family’s private investigator recently met with authorities and witnesses.
“He was shot in the back with a single round and he died instantly,” said PI Jason Jensen. “He was shot as he was trying to escape because he was bound to a chair.”
At the time, police had possible suspects but there was never anyone arrested and the case was scaled back, upsetting the Ortiz family.
For 52-years, the family of Leroy Ortiz lived with the thought that his killer was still out there and they couldn’t get justice.
But now authorities are convinced they now know who murdered Ortiz.
It was a man by the name of Raymond Norman who died in 1995. Norman was an acquaintance of Rios in 1969 and reportedly admitted to the murder before he died.
PI Accused Of Taking $3 Million From Elderly Woman
A private investigator from Miami is accused of swindling nearly $3 million from an elderly woman in Boca Raton, in an elaborate scheme involving the creation of a fictitious federal agent through the use of voice altering technology.
According to federal court records, the elderly victim hired the suspect, Jeffrey Spivack, in 2014 to look into whether her ex-husband had her under surveillance.
Federal investigators say Spivack instead weaved a tale to take advantage of the woman's money and her "diminished mental acuity." The woman had brain cancer and suffered from a stroke in 2017.
Court records show Spivack made the woman believe she’d receive $200 million from the government as a whistleblower in a fraud investigation involving her ex-husband.
The woman paid Spivack $500,000 to cover his expenses in locating assets of her ex-husband in one unnamed foreign country. Investigators say Spivack used the money to travel.
Investigators say Spivack then created a fictitious undercover agent named “Donna” and used voice altering technology to make his voice sound like a woman. Spivack then introduced Donna to the elderly woman.
Investigators said Donna, according to the criminal affidavit, asked the elderly woman to withdraw money from her investment accounts and deposit the money into Spivack’s accounts.
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