Public Records Solutions Empowering Everyday Heroes
Fraud Prevention & Investigations business announces 2012 Everyday Heroes awards
Heroes come in all forms and the Everyday Heroes being honored by Thomson Reuters are no different. The awards strive to recognize the tremendous work done by individuals and organizations that are using our public records products and solutions (CLEAR, Westlaw PeopleMap and Batch Services) in extraordinary ways.
After receiving many compelling stories, the team selected four winners. Each of the winners will receive a charitable contribution made on their behalf from Thomson Reuters. Here's a look at the winners and how they used our products and solutions to better societal good and promote the rule of law:
- Patrick McPherson, a legal investigator, took the top honor by using CLEAR. Working with an attorney that won an $80,000 judgment for a retired widow who lost her entire life savings through a fraudulent person, McPherson successfully located assets, banking relationships, real estate and additional streams of income to recover the full balance for the client. A $5,000 contribution on McPherson’s behalf will be made to The Innocence Project.
- After receiving information of a sexual assault on a young boy and exhausting all leads, Kevin Dailey of the Warren Police Department in Warren, Mich., requested a sketch artist. Using information gained from the public after releasing the sketch to the media, investigators were able to identify the suspect. Then using CLEAR, Dailey was able to locate the suspect through various connections to family members and make an arrest. National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund will receive $2,500 on behalf of the Warren Police Department.
- Skip-Tracing Investigator Shannon Agee with FindJohnDoe.com used CLEAR to locate a registered sex offender that had avoided updating his information with law enforcement for over two years. Through this new information and confirmation of the offender’s new location, members of law enforcement were able to update the community of the offender’s location and continue to protect the public. One thousand dollars will be donated on behalf of Agee to the Boys and Girls Club of America.
- Tim Bundy, a police officer with Pasadena Police Department in Pasadena, Calif., was forced to track a parolee convicted of second-degree murder when the individual became a fugitive. Using CLEAR, Bundy uncovered family ties in Minnesota and also learned that the fugitive had a Minnesota driver’s license. Compiling a list of potential addresses, Bundy relayed the information to the Minnesota U.S. Marshall’s Fugitive Task Force and members there were able to quickly locate and arrest the fugitive, who was then extradited to California and returned to prison. National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund will receive a $1,000 donation on behalf of the Pasadena Police Department.
Our customers tell numerous and truly amazing stories about the work they accomplish, often crediting their success to an investigative product from Thomson Reuters,” said Andy Russell, vice president, Fraud Prevention & Investigations, Thomson Reuters. “We are honored to support the work of our customers – especially those we recognize now with for our Everyday Heroes awards. But more importantly, we are proud to provide the products and solutions that these individuals use every day to prevent and investigate fraud and help keep our communities safer. We are delighted to make these donations to these worthy causes on behalf of the 2012 Everyday Heroes award winners.”
You can read more of our customers' submissions and learn how they are using our products and solutions at hero.thomsonreuters.com.