As crime levels in South Africa continue to rise, successful prosecutions in our courts are on the decline. As a result, criminals think they can act with impunity, while honest citizens feel betrayed by the justice system.
The truth is that the decline in successful prosecutions is largely due to poor investigation and the inability to gather and present prima facie evidence. Burcor Forensic Services was established to fill this gap and help bring criminals to book.
At Burcor Forensic Services we offer a wide range of professional investigation services, and our excellent success rate is reflected in our growing corporate and government client base.
Our mission is simple: to help you unlock the truth and keep you in the driving seat.
More about Burcor...
Burcor Forensic Services is owned and run by Dave Sykes, a former member of the South African Police Service (SAPS). After fourteen years conducting specialised SAPS investigations, Dave co-founded Burcor Investigations in 1998. In 2013 the company was rebranded and its name changed to Burcor Forensic Services.
Burcor’s corporate work includes investigations for fraud, theft and corruption in the manufacturing, retail, shipping, bus, tourism and legal industry. Common cases we investigate include:
- Fraud and theft in relation to the manipulations of customer payments and/or the release of unpaid-for goods
- Fraud and theft in respect of suspicious counter sales transactions
- Fraud and theft in respect of the payment of suppliers
- Quote rigging and pricing manipulations
- Internal theft of products and supplies
- Corruption and nepotism in supply chain transactions
- Conflicts of interest and other ‘best practice’ failures
- Suspicious or ghost suppliers
In 2001 we performed our first government investigation at the request of the Attorney General of Lesotho. Our services have subsequently been used by many other Lesotho Government departments and ministries, including the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, the Ministry of Finance, the Accountant General’s Office, the Prison Service, the Lesotho Mounted Police Service (LMPS) and the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Offences (DCEO).
Between 2004 and 2010 Dave Sykes assisted the DCEO in a multi-million-rand investigation involving certain travel agents’ inflation of the cost of travel by Lesotho Government personnel. Our investigation led to a number of high-ranking government officials being charged with and convicted of corruption. A number of local travel agencies and their owners were also charged with and convicted for fraud, bribery and theft. Dave Sykes has also given oral evidence in a number of other high-profile criminal cases in the Lesotho High Court, Maseru Magistrates’ Court and Commissions of Enquiry.
In 2010 Burcor was appointed by the Lesotho Revenue Authority (LRA) to conduct investigations involving the smuggling of goods into Lesotho without the required duty payments and declarations. As a result of our audits and investigations, a number of high-profile retail stores were implicated in the smuggling, and penalties in excess of R50 million were raised against them.
Criminal Investigation Services
- White collar crime – All matters related to Commercial Crime in the public and private sectors
- Fraud / Bribery / Corruption – Within your organisation or where your organisation may be the victim of fraud, bribery or corruption
- Theft and internal theft – Unexplained shrinkage and stock loss
- Insurance claims – Fraudulent claims and scams
- Hijacking – Vehicle hijacking and possible driver complicity
- Theft of Containers – Fraudulent removal of containers from storage facilities.
- In-depth background checks of potential employees and their financial background (including judgments & adverse listings)
- Fraud Risk Management.
- Security assessments and consulting
- Placing and handling of undercover agents
- Tracing of persons & Assets
- Corporate due diligence research
- Verification of qualifications and references listed in CVs.
Our clients’ peace of mind is our priority, which is why we promise to:
- Be personally involved in each investigation
- Keep all communication and findings strictly confidential
- Submit progress reports fortnightly, or as requested by the client
- Operate ethically and with integrity
- Manage each assignment with total commitment.
Steps to follow when a crime is discovered
- Stay calm.
- Keep it confidential. Do not discuss the matter with other employees – no matter how much you trust them.
- Secure all original documents, computers or any other relevant items that have been used in the commission of the offence.
- Note all possible role players.
- List all possible witnesses.
- Do not attempt to investigate the matter yourself, as you may damage or destroy the chain of evidence.
- Call Burcor Investigations to assist.