High-Tech Private Eyes Share Stories

By Mathis, Karen Brune | The Florida Times Union, August 11, 2007 | Go to article overview

High-Tech Private Eyes Share Stories


Mathis, Karen Brune, The Florida Times Union


Byline: Karen Brune Mathis

AMELIA ISLAND - The Bourne Ultimatum movie was "unbelievably hokey" because technology hasn't reached that level, while The Sopranos series about a mob family was "pretty accurate to the extent they're a bunch of punks."

So says former FBI special agent John McElhatton, 63, managing director of Glover Group LLC.

Glover Group works with clients to investigate people, places and things worldwide. It provides security consulting, background checks, counterfeit investigations, surveillance, handwriting analysis and even site consulting.

"We're problem solvers," says Executive Managing Director Albert Glover.

The group also offers what he calls the newest "sexy thing" - computer forensics, led by McElhatton. He figures out how people use computers and other electronics for devious purposes. That includes cell phones.

McGuireWoods lawyer Eric Bilik in Jacksonville said the firm used Glover Group in several cases to retrieve computer data, including determining when a portable memory drive was used to take information.

Glover, 65, a retired agent with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, established the group on Amelia Island two years ago when he and his wife built a house there. McElhatton has a house in Yulee.

They and five other managers are based among offices there and in Washington and Reno.

Each of the seven spent more than 30 years in federal law enforcement or corporate security.

While they can't divulge client names, Glover and McElhatton offered some case examples:

- A company held a board meeting and sensitive information quickly spread. Glover's team swept for hidden microphones, but didn't find any. They did find the telephone system was programmed to allow someone to dial into the conference room and get an open line without the phone ringing - and hear everything,

- In another case, a background check of a man found nothing of note, so the group dug deeper and found that the subject owned 15 companies for short periods over five years. …

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