The Murdock Scandal: PI’s Behaving Badly
March 15, 2012
Hosted by Francie Koehler, CPI, CCDI
After 168 years, the final edition of Rupert Murdock’s News of the World was published July 10, 2011. Following confirmation that reporters from the newspaper used private investigators to illegally access mobile voicemail accounts to scoop stories, a scandal was in the making. One reporter resigned and another, the paper’s royal correspondent, pled guilty to illegal interception of personal communication. As information was exposed and it was discovered that even management knew of the practice, the paper's foundation began to unravel and finally, the doors were closed. Now just months after the final publication, four private investigators have been sentenced for gaining confidential information by “blagging,” a term used in the United Kingdom for pretexting. Distinguished British private investigator Alan Marr will discuss the twists and turns of the amazing downfall of this publishing giant and the facts surrounding those who brought it down.
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Francie Koehler, CPI, CCDI
Francie Koehler’s career as a licensed private investigator includes cases that have sparked media projects. "Unsolved Mysteries" portrayed one of her missing person cases. British author Val McDermid featured her capital case in "A Suitable Job for A Woman" and true crime writer Ann Rule chronicled a case she investigated involving a missing nightclub owner entitled "In The Name Of Love." Francie drew on her investigative and retail experience to create the 3-part video, "Loss Prevention - The Big Picture." International results included an invitation to Moscow, where she spoke to Russian nationals interested in privatization. Francie is the former two-term president of both the National Council of Investigation & Security Services (NCISS) and the California Association of Licensed Investigators (CALI). Awarded by each organization for her work, she serves as Legislative Chair for both and regularly testifies before the California State Legislature regarding bills of concern to PI’s. Francie has been recognized by her state regulatory agency for outstanding service to her profession. In addition, she holds memberships in the Council for International Investigators, National Association of Legal Investigators, World Association of Detectives, and California Attorneys for Criminal Justice. Francie also works with the Innocence Project and holds certifications as a Conflict Mediator, Legal Investigator, Professional Investigator and Criminal Defense Investigator.