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RTPI, Inc.
A Private Detective Agency
Randy G. Torgerson
Chief Investigator
CA PI 20723 - MT PI 7810

(949) 716-5338

(877) 742-6069

(877) 408-5959

California Office:
11 Mareblu Ste 170
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

Montana Office:
175 Hutton Ranch Rd
Ste 103-166
Kalispell, MT 59901

Japanese Field Office:
Residia Azabujyuban
302, 2-12-12, Azabujyuban Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0045 JAPAN

United Arab Emirates Office: RTPl, lnc
3rd East Wing Building,
4th Floor Dubai Airport
Free Zone Dubai U.A.E.

California P.I. license 20723
Montana P.I. license 7810


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Voted Orange County's Best

"RTPI Inc. Makes The Difference!"


We Do Local, Domestic and Foreign Investigations

RTPI personal and professional experiences have taken us at least half way around the world. We have an abundance of military education and experiences while in the service during the 1980's. We are able to travel to many different countries and be involved in an array of circumstances that few people have had the opportunity to observe. We had an opportunity to be law enforcement officers in the later half of the 1980's. Our background includes degrees from the University of Kansas K.L.E.T.C. (Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center) in 1987 and we have been in business as private investigators since 1999.

We have investigated or assisted in investigations on almost all subjects ranging from espionage to domestic cases, from criminal to civil, from undercover work to complete interviews of witnesses, victims and criminals. What we don't know, we will find out. We have traveled extensively and have contacts all over the world.

We Specialize in:

  • Domestic investigations
    Infidelity, asset, activity, court order restrictions, child and spousal abuse, cheating spouse, child custody, employee theft, personal Injury, property vandalism, undercover investigators, interview and interrogations, covert camera systems
  • Family Law
    Divorce, child custody, visitation, move away orders, child support and alimony
  • Criminal
    All types of criminal defense such as homicide, ADW, rape & other sexual crimes, stalking and harassment, TCSM “bug sweep”, polygraph/lie detector testing, background checks, personal and executive protection, computer forensics
  • Litigation
    Personal injury, wrongful death, fraud, trade mark violations, intellectual property, family law, civil law, criminal law, probate law
  • Missing Persons
    Locate family and friends, locate judgment debtors, locate witnesses and defendants
  • Intelligence
    If you have a legitimate need for information, we can provide it.
  • International
    We operate in the following countries:

    United States of America, Canada, Greenland Central AmericaCosta Rica, Panama, Colombia South America Argentina, Brazil, Venezuela EU : Austria, Belgium, Cypress, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom Europe Bulgaria, Faroe Islands, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Macedonia, Monaco, Norway, Romania, Russia, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Cayman Islands, British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Turkey, Saint Lucia, Virgin Islands Oceania Australia, French Polynesia, Guam, Marshall Islands, New Zealand Asia Japan, South Korea, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand

    CALL TODAY (949) 716-5338

Top things we do:

1. Fraud Investigations

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines fraud as an "intentional perversion of truth in order to induce another to part with something of value or to surrender a legal right." In most cases, fraud is a crime. It is also a civil violation most of the time.

Fraud is a generic term that embraces all the multi-various means which human ingenuity can devise, which are resorted to by one individual to get an advantage over another by false representations. It includes surprise, trickery, cunning and unfair ways by which another is cheated.

We are a small company who utilize vast resources around the globe on our cases. We don’t “farm out” cases. If you have a problem in Russia, Japan or just about anywhere else, WE GO THERE. We may utilize our source in that country to assist but we don’t leave finding evidence or information to someone else who doesn’t know the case like we do. It is very important to have us on the ground at operational locations to conduct the investigation or at a minimum supervise our sources. It is the ONLY way your case can be handled properly and with the best possible outcome. Southern California is our main home. We conduct fraud cases here the best. Let’s not forget about trust and confidentiality when it comes to your case. When RTPI is on the ground we can direct our sources on individual assignments giving RTPI the only people who know the whole story. When others say “oh I can do that less expensively because I have people there”. Remember, in that scenario they do NOT have operational control of YOUR case. At RTPI we hate to be so blunt, but if there is a concern about a few hundred dollars or even a few thousand dollars, an airplane ride and a hotel we may not be the right company to assist you in your case. At RTPI we want to do things right the first time, it is much less expensive than doing them 2 or 3 times or not completing the case at all. Having said that, we are very aware of your individual financial constraints.

While we plan to complete your case the best way possible, we understand that budgets are important. We also know generally there is no way to know just what a case will cost to complete, we are very good at budget planning. This is critical to conducting a solid fraud case on your behalf.

2. Family Law

We are often contacted by law firms and private individuals, most often these cases have to do with child custody, visitation and support issues. These cases range from verifying compliance with court orders, by one parent or the other, to alleged child endangerment. Even though California is a “no-fault” state, we also do infidelity cases. While it is virtually impossible to use this information in a courtroom, sometimes it gives you piece of mind that your not going crazy.

3. Civil Investigations

Our investigative services are strictly confidential and client data is always protected. We conduct cases originating in California, Montana and other international locations for investigations for corporations, organizations, businesses and individuals. Through RTPI services, we enable clients to identify risks and make informed decisions. RTPI can save you valuable time and money, and help protect you from business fraud, personal fraud and other scams.

We work:

Art fraud

Financial fraud

Product fraud

Trade Mark violations

We work these in both prosecutorial / plaintiff and defendant cases. And so many other types of cases.

Other investigations that we do really well:

Homicide investigations
Arson investigations
Intellectual property
Intelligence type investigations


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Allan Pinkerton, an early American private investigator, with Abraham Lincoln and John Alexander McClernand

A private investigator (often abbreviated to PI and informally spelled private eye), private detective or inquiry agent, is a person who can be hired by individuals or groups to undertake investigatory law services. Private detectives/investigators often work for attorneys in civil cases. Many work for insurance companies to investigate suspicious claims. Before the advent of no-fault divorce, many private investigators were hired to search out evidence of adultery or other conduct within marriage to establish grounds for a divorce. Despite the lack of legal necessity for such evidence in many jurisdictions, according to press reports collecting evidence of adultery or other "bad behaviour" by spouses and partners is still one of the most profitable activities investigators undertake, as the stakes being fought over now are child custody, alimony, or marital property disputes. Private investigators can also be used to perform due diligence for an investor who may be considering investing money with a investment group, fund manager or other high risk business or investment venture. This could serve to help the prospective investor avoid being the victim of a fraud or Ponzi scheme. By hiring a licensed and experienced investigator they could unearth information that the investment is risky and or that the investor has suspicious red flags in his or her background. This is called investigative due diligence and is becoming much more prevalent in the 21st century with the public reports of large scale Ponzi schemes and fraudulent investment vehicles such as Madoff, Stanford and the hundreds of others reported by the SEC and other law enforcement agencies.

Many jurisdictions require PIs to be licensed, and they may or may not carry firearms depending on local laws. Some are ex-police officers, some are former law enforcement agents, some are ex-spies and some are ex-military, some used to work in a private military company, some are former bodyguards and security guards, although many are not. While PIs may investigate criminal matters, most do not have police powers, and as such they have only the powers of citizen's arrest and detainment that any other citizen has. They are expected to keep detailed notes and to be prepared to testify in court regarding any of their observations on behalf of their clients. Great care is required to remain within the scope of the law, otherwise the investigator may face criminal charges. Irregular hours may also be required when performing surveillance work.

PIs also engage in a large variety of work that is not usually associated with the industry in the mind of the public. For example, many PIs are involved in process serving, the personal delivery of summons, subpoenas and other legal documents to parties in a legal case. The tracing of absconding debtors can also form a large part of a PI's work load. Many agencies specialize in a particular field of expertise. For example, some PI agencies deal only in tracing. Others may specialize in technical surveillance counter-measures (TSCM), sometimes called electronic counter measures (ECM), which is the locating and dealing with unwanted forms of electronic surveillance (for example, a bugged boardroom for industrial espionage purposes). Other PIs, also known as Corporate Investigators, specialise in corporate matters, including anti-fraud work, the protection of intellectual property and trade secrets, anti-piracy, copyright infringement investigations, due diligence investigations and computer forensics work.

Increasingly, modern PIs prefer to be known as "professional investigators" or Licensed Private Investigators (LPI's) rather than "private investigators" or "private detectives". This is a response to the image that is sometimes attributed to the profession and an effort to establish and demonstrate the industry to be a proper and respectable profession. However, in 2009 a Toronto Star journalist obtained a private investigator's licence in Ontario with no training, and reported that other Ontarians had done the same.


In 1833 Eugène François Vidocq, a French soldier, criminal and privateer, founded the first known private detective agency, "Le Bureau des Renseignements Universels pour le commerce et l'Industrie" ("The Office of Universal Information For Commerce and Industry") and hired ex-convicts. Official law enforcement tried many times to shut it down. In 1842 police arrested him in suspicion of unlawful imprisonment and taking money on false pretences after he had solved an embezzlement case. Vidocq later suspected that it had been a set-up. He was sentenced for five years with a 3,000-franc fine but the Court of Appeals released him. Vidocq is credited with having introduced record-keeping, criminology and ballistics to criminal investigation. He made the first plaster casts of shoe impressions. He created indelible ink and unalterable bond paper with his printing company. His form of anthropometrics is still partially used by French police. He is also credited for philanthropic pursuits – he claimed he never informed on anyone who had stolen for real need.

After Vidocq, the industry was born. Much of what private investigators did in the early days was to act as the police in matters that their clients felt the police were not equipped for or willing to do. A larger role for this new private investigative industry was to assist companies in labour disputes. Some early private investigators provided armed guards to act as a private militia.

In the United Kingdom, Charles Frederick Field set up an enquiry office upon his retirement from the Metropolitan Police in 1852. Field became a friend of Charles Dickens and the latter wrote articles about him. In 1862 one of his employees, the Hungarian, Ignatius Paul Pollaky, left him and set up a rival agency. Although little remembered today, Pollaky's fame at the time was such that he was mentioned in various books of the 1870s and immortalized as "Paddington" Pollaky for his "keen penetration" in the 1881 comic opera, Patience.

In the U.S., the Pinkerton National Detective Agency was a private detective agency established in 1850 by Allan Pinkerton. Pinkerton had become famous when he foiled a plot to assassinate then President-Elect Abraham Lincoln. Pinkerton's agents performed services which ranged from undercover investigations and detection of crimes to plant protection and armed security. It is sometimes claimed, probably with exaggeration, that at the height of its existence the Pinkerton National Detective Agency employed more agents than the United States Army. Allan Pinkerton hired Kate Warne in 1856 as a private detective, making her the first female private detective in America.

During the union unrest in the US in the late 19th century, companies sometimes hired operatives and armed guards from the Pinkertons and similar agencies to keep strikers and suspected unionists out of their factories. The most famous example of this was the Homestead Strike of 1892, when industrialist Henry Clay Frick hired a large contingent of Pinkerton men to regain possession of Andrew Carnegie's steel mill during a lock-out at Homestead, Pennsylvania. Gunfire erupted between the strikers and the Pinkertons, resulting in multiple casualties and deaths on both sides. Several days later a radical anarchist, Alexander Berkman, attempted to assassinate Frick. In the aftermath of the Homestead Riot, several states passed so-called "anti-Pinkerton" laws restricting the importation of private security guards during union strikes. The federal Anti-Pinkerton Act of 1893 continues to prohibit an "individual employed by the Pinkerton Detective Agency, or similar organization" from being employed by "the Government of the United States or the government of the District of Columbia."

Pinkerton agents were also hired to track western outlaws Jesse James, the Reno brothers, and the Wild Bunch, including Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. The Pinkerton agency's logo, an eye embellished with the words "We Never Sleep," inspired the term "private eye."

It was not until the prosperity of the 1920s that the private investigator became a person accessible to the average American. With the wealth of the 1920s and the expanding of the middle class came the need of middle America for private investigators.

Since then the private detective industry has grown with the changing needs of the public. Social issues like infidelity and unionization have impacted the industry and created new types of work, as has the need for insurance and, with it, insurance fraud, criminal defence investigations and the invention of low-cost listening devices. In a number of countries, a licensing process has been introduced that has put criteria in place that investigators have to meet:

In 1989 the International Private Investigators Union (IPIU) was founded by two licensed private investigators in an effort to aid newcomers to the profession. In 2012, the membership of IPIU stands at over 40,000 members worldwide, although most are in the USA. What is quite different about IPIU when comparing other private investigator associations or schools is that they concentrate on providing a free member's training course that keeps the student in the books for less than 3 days, with the remaining of training performing on-the-job paid assignments as undercover operatives. IPIU also offers their own unique PI Union License which monitors the professional conduct of the agent, and assists all newcomers in obtaining their own state issued private investigator agency license in a matter of weeks through a sponsorship program of other willing licensed private investigators. IPIU's focus is: Academic training, Licensing, and where to get assignments. For business owners, IPIU extends its services into every possible resource a private investigator would need in the success of their profession, including incorporation, access to professional-only data bases, business services, banking, and other needs to maintain a successful agency.

For state licensing, some states require a clean criminal record at the application entry point. However, all states have a board of directors who will review an applicants appeal to determine whether the board can approve the application based on the elapsed amount of time since the last offence was recorded. In most situations, the board of appeal will approve an application based on good conduct withing the last five to ten years. This has combined with modern business practices that have ensured that most investigators are now professional in outlook, rather than seeing the PI world as a second career opportunity for retired policemen.


The PI genre in fiction dates to Edgar Allan Poe, who created the character C. Auguste Dupin in the 1840s. Dupin, an amateur crime-solver residing in Paris, appeared in three Poe stories. The genre spread to films, radio and television and remains popular to this day in many forms of media. (See Mystery film for details on the history of movies featuring private detectives.)

Notable private investigators



Orange County is a county in Southern California, United States. Its county seat is Santa Ana. According to the 2000 Census, its population was 2,846,289, making it the second most populous county in the state of California, and the fifth most populous in the United States. The state of California estimates its population as of 2007 to be 3,098,121 people, dropping its rank to third, behind San Diego County. Thirty-four incorporated cities are located in Orange County; the newest is Aliso Viejo.

Unlike many other large centers of population in the United States, Orange County uses its county name as its source of identification whereas other places in the country are identified by the large city that is closest to them. This is because there is no defined center to Orange County like there is in other areas which have one distinct large city. Five Orange County cities have populations exceeding 170,000 while no cities in the county have populations surpassing 360,000. Seven of these cities are among the 200 largest cities in the United States.

Orange County is also famous as a tourist destination, as the county is home to such attractions as Disneyland and Knott's Berry Farm, as well as sandy beaches for swimming and surfing, yacht harbors for sailing and pleasure boating, and extensive area devoted to parks and open space for golf, tennis, hiking, kayaking, cycling, skateboarding, and other outdoor recreation. It is at the center of Southern California's Tech Coast, with Irvine being the primary business hub.

The average price of a home in Orange County is $541,000. Orange County is the home of a vast number of major industries and service organizations. As an integral part of the second largest market in America, this highly diversified region has become a Mecca for talented individuals in virtually every field imaginable. Indeed the colorful pageant of human history continues to unfold here; for perhaps in no other place on earth is there an environment more conducive to innovative thinking, creativity and growth than this exciting, sun bathed valley stretching between the mountains and the sea in Orange County.

Orange County was Created March 11 1889, from part of Los Angeles County, and, according to tradition, so named because of the flourishing orange culture. Orange, however, was and is a commonplace name in the United States, used originally in honor of the Prince of Orange, son-in-law of King George II of England.

Incorporated: March 11, 1889
Legislative Districts:
* Congressional: 38th-40th, 42nd & 43
* California Senate: 31st-33rd, 35th & 37
* California Assembly: 58th, 64th, 67th, 69th, 72nd & 74

County Seat: Santa Ana
County Information:
Hall of Administration
10 Civic Center Plaza, 3rd Floor, Santa Ana 92701
Telephone: (714)834-2345 Fax: (714)834-3098
County Government Website:


City of Aliso Viejo, 92653, 92656, 92698
City of Anaheim, 92801, 92802, 92803, 92804, 92805, 92806, 92807, 92808, 92809, 92812, 92814, 92815, 92816, 92817, 92825, 92850, 92899
City of Brea, 92821, 92822, 92823
City of Buena Park, 90620, 90621, 90622, 90623, 90624
City of Costa Mesa, 92626, 92627, 92628
City of Cypress, 90630
City of Dana Point, 92624, 92629
City of Fountain Valley, 92708, 92728
City of Fullerton, 92831, 92832, 92833, 92834, 92835, 92836, 92837, 92838
City of Garden Grove, 92840, 92841, 92842, 92843, 92844, 92845, 92846
City of Huntington Beach, 92605, 92615, 92646, 92647, 92648, 92649
City of Irvine, 92602, 92603, 92604, 92606, 92612, 92614, 92616, 92618, 92619, 92620, 92623, 92650, 92697, 92709, 92710
City of La Habra, 90631, 90632, 90633
City of La Palma, 90623
City of Laguna Beach, 92607, 92637, 92651, 92652, 92653, 92654, 92656, 92677, 92698
City of Laguna Hills, 92637, 92653, 92654, 92656
City of Laguna Niguel
, 92607, 92677
City of Laguna Woods, 92653, 92654
City of Lake Forest, 92609, 92630, 92610
City of Los Alamitos, 90720, 90721
City of Mission Viejo, 92675, 92690, 92691, 92692, 92694
City of Newport Beach, 92657, 92658, 92659, 92660, 92661, 92662, 92663
City of Orange, 92856, 92857, 92859, 92861, 92862, 92863, 92864, 92865, 92866, 92867, 92868, 92869
City of Placentia, 92870, 92871
City of Rancho Santa Margarita, 92688, 92679
City of San Clemente, 92672, 92673, 92674
City of San Juan Capistrano, 92675, 92690, 92691, 92692, 92693, 92694
City of Santa Ana, 92701, 92702, 92703, 92704, 92705, 92706, 92707, 92708, 92711, 92712, 92725, 92728, 92735, 92799
City of Seal Beach, 90740
City of Stanton, 90680
City of Tustin, 92780, 92781, 92782
City of Villa Park, 92861, 92867
City of Westminster, 92683, 92684, 92685
City of Yorba Linda, 92885, 92886, 92887

Noteworthy communities Some of the communities that exist within city limits are listed below: * Anaheim Hills, Anaheim * Balboa Island, Newport Beach * Corona del Mar, Newport Beach * Crystal Cove / Pelican Hill, Newport Beach * Capistrano Beach, Dana Point * El Modena, Orange * French Park, Santa Ana * Floral Park, Santa Ana * Foothill Ranch, Lake Forest * Monarch Beach, Dana Point * Nellie Gail, Laguna Hills * Northwood, Irvine * Woodbridge, Irvine * Newport Coast, Newport Beach * Olive, Orange * Portola Hills, Lake Forest * San Joaquin Hills, Laguna Niguel * San Joaquin Hills, Newport Beach * Santa Ana Heights, Newport Beach * Tustin Ranch, Tustin * Talega, San Clemente * West Garden Grove, Garden Grove * Yorba Hills, Yorba Linda * Mesa Verde, Costa Mesa

Unincorporated communities These communities are outside of the city limits in unincorporated county territory: * Coto de Caza * El Modena * Ladera Ranch * Las Flores * Midway City * Orange Park Acres * Rossmoor * Silverado Canyon * Sunset Beach * Surfside * Trabuco Canyon * Tustin Foothills

Adjacent counties to Orange County Are: * Los Angeles County, California - north, west * San Bernardino County, California - northeast * Riverside County, California - east * San Diego County, California - southeast



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