Brian Willingham, CFE – President

Short and sweet version

I am a father of two amazing kids, husband to an amazing wife, beer lover, less-than-stellar golfer, sports junkie and lover of all things food. I am a bit of a technology geek, I can cook a mean paella and would consider myself a baseball nerd. I have been a private investigator for more than 10 years and I am a Certified Fraud Examiner.

The “unofficial” version

I have been a private investigator since 2001. I founded Diligentia Group in July 2009 after nearly nine years working with a New York investigative firm.

Since I have been a kid, I have been fascinated by Sherlock Holmes, Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew mysteries and Magnum PI. I took a career aptitude test in ninth grade which told me that the career that fit me best was a private investigator, but my real passion, however, was sports and my dream was to become the general manager of the New York Mets.  (Only after I realized that I was not going to be a professional baseball player.)

I spent several years pursuing a career in the sports business working for a sports photography firm in New York, doing an internship with the New York Giants and working with Major League Baseball. I even got to fly in a blimp for the 2000 World Series!

In 2001, fate finally brought me to the world of private investigations.

I love what I do. Every day is different. Every case is different. It’s the kind of business that keeps you on your toes and keeps things exciting. And is great for telling stories over cocktails.

I write regularly on our blog and have contributed to a number of industry magazines and publications like Pursuit Magazine, and ACFE Insights for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

When I am not writing, investigating or playing with one of many technological gadgets, you can usually find me hanging around with my wife and kids.

Want to learn a bit more about me? Here are a few of my favorite blog posts:

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