Private Investigation Firm Digs Up Business Fraud Behind the Scenes
DeFotis, Dimitra, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Dimitra DeFotis Daily Herald Business Writer
Names: Albert V. Di Luigi, president; Christine Maresca, secretary-treasurer
Ages: 47 and 43
Business: Metro Probe Inc. of Naperville, an investigation and security firm focused on business fraud and workplace crime
Observation: "We bring some justice to the world."
While businesses face a heightening war against white collar crime, the battles occur out of the spotlight.
Companies don't want to draw attention to problem workers or admit to profits lost.
While firms want to ferret out fraud, merely collecting evidence to fire a criminal often is desired over a costly court case. No publicity is generated and the problem is gone.
But the cases are there and are proliferating, having created a land of opportunity for Metro Probe Inc., a Naperville private investigation firm founded in 1978.
"There is a lot going on that the public isn't aware of when it comes to industrial security," said Gene Hermanny, security director at Molex Inc. of Lisle, an international connector maker with revenues exceeding $1 billion.
For Metro Probe, which specializes in business crimes, being behind the scenes is just fine.
Its national list of clients ranges from technology companies including Molex doing business overseas to much smaller firms closer to home.
"The U.S. industrial security industry has grown," said Hermanny. "There are more security officers in the United States than police officers. Companies realize they have to take care of their own assets."
Companies hire former Chicago police officer and Metro Probe founder Albert V. Di Luigi, 47, to investigate substance abuse in the workplace, negotiate volatile layoffs or develop security plans with human resource departments.
Di Luigi took a three-year leave in the late 1980s to establish Molex's security department.
Partner and co-founder Christine Maresca, 43, does not have a law enforcement background. She studied finance and has a master's degree in business administration. Maresca investigates white collar fraud, from "stolen identity" cases which start with workplace wallet thefts to international high-tech theft.
The three-person company also employs five Chicago police detectives. …