The Piper Method

Phone:  (901) 237-4684

Click Here to watch a YouTube Video introduction to
The Piper Method of Conducting Thorough and Complete Investigations.

NOTE:  On June 14 & 15, 2016, Charles Piper taught classes on "The Piper Method Of Conducting Thorough & Complete Investigations" at the 27th Annual Association of Certified Fraud Examiners' (ACFE) Global Fraud Conference held in Las Vegas, Nevada.

                    "The Piper Method - 21st Century Investigating"
 The Piper Method of Conducting Thorough and Complete Investigations

was designed by Charles Piper, CFE after serving over 35 years as a professional investigator (federal, state, military and private sector).  It is a method that Piper still uses in the field as a private investigator, fraud examiner  and consultant.

NOTE:  Piper and his company also work simpler cases (including surveillance, witness interviews, etc.,) as needed by his clients.  Piper often teams with other retired federal special agents and other experts in the field as needed to accomplish the objectives.

His unique and proven successful investigative methodology is articulated in great detail in Piper's book,
"Investigator and Fraud Fighter Guidebook: Operation War Stories" (published by John Wiley and Sons, 2014) and includes Piper's own applicable work experiences (War Stories) to help demonstrate how this method has been and can be utilized in the field.

The Piper Method of Investigating has since been featured in the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners November/December 2014 edition of Fraud Magazine in an article titled, "The Successful Fraud Fighter."

In August 2015, Stratford Career Institute announced that Piper's Investigator and Fraud Fighter Guidebook
would be used in two of its four modules for its Private Investigator distant learning course. 

Piper also teaches this methodology in formal classroom settings to other investigators.


Although Piper's entire methodology cannot be be described in just a few paragraphs, it is the equivalent of conducting ten or more separate but related investigations simultaneously:

1.   Investigating for criminal violations

2.   Investigating for civil violations

3.   Investigating for administrative violations

4.   Investigating to determine if the same suspect committed similar wrongful acts

5.   Investigating to determine if the suspect committed other somewhat related wrongful acts

6.   Considering whether others might have or might be committing the same type wrongful acts

7.   Considering how others might commit the same or similar acts in the future

8.   Investigating for indications of waste/abuse

9.   Investigating for indications of systemic weaknesses

10. Considering ways the system can be improved to prevent future occurrences

In short, the Piper Method of Investigating has been proven to solve new and old cases and help prevent the same (and other) wrongdoings from recurring.

This method is especially effective when investigating fraud, waste and abuse because it not only strives to solve wrongdoing, it also strives to identify the cause and/or contributing factors which led to the wrongdoing and to make recommendations to ensure it does not reoccur!

Below is  diagram of some of the elements which comprise the Piper Method of Conducting Thorough and Complete Investigations as featured and included in, Investigator and Fraud Fighter Guidebook: Operation War Stories. 

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