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Capitol Inquiry’ client had obtained a sizeable judgment against an individual, but there seemed to be no assets in his name. The house he lived in was listed in the name of an un-related person, and the debtor seemed to have no visible means of income. A Capitol Inquiry investigator visited the house on the pretense of inquiring about moving into the neighborhood. During the visit, he noted that the house was filled with expensive-looking furniture and artwork. On the way out, he jotted down the tag number of the car parked in the driveway, which the debtor had been observed driving. That car was registered to a newly-formed corporation located in another state, into which the debtor had been moving his business and personal assets. Armed with this information, our client’s attorney was able to pierce the corporate veil and collect on the judgment. In another investigation involving a judgment against a home-remodeling contractor for non-performance, Capitol Inquiry put the debtor under surveillance and followed him to two construction worksites where he had contracts for major remodeling of two large churches. Our client attached payments to the contractor to satisfy the judgment. One example of what not to do after Capitol Inquiry has located an asset to satisfy a judgment. In this case, the asset was a large, very expensive boat, and our client was so thrilled that he immediately drove to the marina to check it out. Unfortunately, while he was there, the boat’s owner arrived and saw his creditor salivating over the craft. Before our client could get the local sheriff to seize the boat, the owner moved it out of state to another marina. Additional investigative hours and money had to be spent to relocate the missing asset.

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