CLEVELAND – Those telltale signs of a cheating spouse can be universal, the laptop that closes as you enter the room or a cell phone with a deleted history.
What wayward husbands and wives may not realize is their high tech toys can tell a story.
“So you can get anything you can imagine,” said Sam Greene, a Digital Forensic Examiner from Integrity Investigations in Westlake.
“There’s so many digital devices, cell phones, tablets, computers that in the last ten years have been able to store ridiculous amounts of information,” he told Fox 8’s Lorrie Taylor.
“Digital Investigations allows a private investigator or law enforcement to get a really good view of the subject’s mind,” Greene said while describing how he uses software to search cell phones and computers.
He told Taylor he could recover information that had been deleted for years.
“I get the phone from a client and then I make what’s called an image which, for all intents and purposes, is just a copy, bit for bit copy,” said Greene.
Everything he needed to track a cheating spouse was inside a case he kept close at hand. It was full of cables that allowed him to search every cell phone on the market. It is costly technology which is why potential clients won’t find a lot of private investigators offering it.
“Most PI’s, I would say, are more traditional, they’re hitting the bricks, they’re doing surveillance, they’re using GPS to locate,” Greene said.
The cost to have a cell phone, laptop or computer examined using Digital Forensic Technology can run anywhere from $800 and $1200.
Green admitted his work wasn’t cheap, if indeed, a suspicious spouse can put a price on the truth.