Richard Harer

Richard Harer is the Vice President of Specialized Investigations, a licensed investigations firm, with investigators statewide in California, Arizona, Washington State, Texas, Oregon, and Idaho.  He brings over 35 years of experience as an investigator and has worked in management for over 25 years.  He is responsible for implementing, improving, and managing both the regional and daily operations of the business.  He has spoken at various international, national, and local association conferences and events, as well as trained many investigators and insurance industry claims professionals.  Mr. Harer’s areas of expertise include Medical Fraud, Insurance Fraud, Surveillance, Asset Searches, Skip Tracing, and General background.  He is also an Expert in Computer Databases and Public Records research.

Mr. Harer has a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with minors in Political Science and Sociology from the University of South Dakota.  He belongs to various associations, is an established writer and instructor, and speaks on various investigation subjects.  He has the following certifications and additional credentials:

Certified as a Fraud Examiner by the National Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), membership requires a minimum of 12 years experience and education in fraud-related work, (1993);

Designated as a Certified Professional Investigator (CPI) by the California Association of Licensed Investigators (CALI);

Certification in Workers’ Compensation Claims Administration (WCCA) by the Insurance Educational Association (IEA);

Certified Fraud Specialist by the Association of Certified Fraud Specialists (ACFS);

Certified in the California Fair Claims Practices Act Regulations;  Cross-trained as an independent insurance adjuster and has handled the investigation of over one thousand insurance claims ranging from auto accidents, slip and falls, employee theft, personal injury, property losses, construction defect, litigation cases and others.

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