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At Kearney Investigations your investigators have combined extensive military training and experience with excellent civilian educational institutions to provide you with the utmost in professional detective work.

  • 16 years of total Army Experience

  • 6 years as an armor and infantry enlisted man (National Guard)

  • 10 years as a Logistics officer (National Guard)

  • 6 years as an ROTC officer trainer (Full-time: 2yrs at Colorado State Univ. and 4yrs at the Univ. of Nebraska-Kearney)

  • 3 years experience as a Long Range Surveillance soldier (Operation Iraqi Freedom March 2006 - June 2007)

  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

  • Investigation Certification from Texas A&M

Damien Cullen- Owner/Investigator
Licensed Private Detective
Undercover Investigator 
Licensed Plain Clothes Investigator
  • 7 years of Army experience as an enlisted Cavalry Scout in a reconnaissance and surveillance unit

  • Currently serving as a First Lieutenant Armor officer in the Nebraska Army National Guard

  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of Nebraska-Kearney

  • Academy certified local law enforcement officer

Undercover Investigator 
Licensed Plain Clothes Investigator
  • Long time resident of Kearney Nebraska

  • Over 30yrs in both the cattle and construction industries

  • Retiree with years of contacts and in the area

  • Skilled marksman and concealed carry licensee

  • Pursuing Business Degree​


Civil Investigation

A civil investigation helps discover and combine the information needed to support a civil trial. A civil trial main contain elements of a criminal trial, but in most cases, this type of court case involves two individual citizens who are arguing about an issue that relates to their rights as citizens. Typically, this involves property damage or some variation of property and/or contractual violations. Civil investigations are prompted to gather evidence that is pivotal to these trials

Criminal Investigations

When Do I Need a Criminal Investigator?

  • If your law enforcement case is going little or nowhere

  • When you need supportive evidence gathered for criminal defense or offense and you believe your lawyer or law enforcement support needs some assistance to gather all the facts

  • To find and interview other witnesses to a crime that other agencies are having trouble taping into

  • To gather impartial facts about a crime for you own determination and use

  • If you need surveillance or records searches to collect evidence

A criminal investigation is an undertaking that seeks, and assembles evidence for a case or specific purpose. A criminal investigator looks for signs to ascertain whether a crime has occurred. If a crime has been committed, investigators may look into the back-story of the prosecuted and may attempt to uncover who in fact perpetrated the crime. Investigators who investigate a criminal case pursue a myriad of investigation techniques to discover the necessary pertinent evidence to the case.  It is not that police agencies are not committed to criminal investigations, but with the growing caseload put on law enforcement many people are choosing to launch their own criminal investigations with the help of professional investigators.

Video and Photo Surveillance

What is video and photographic surveillance?

Video and photo surveillance are types of monitoring that use video and still frame images that can be used in order to protect you or in help you gather evidence. Both types of surveillance are key to investigations and can prove exceedingly useful in assisting you to see what is happening in areas you cannot get to without being noticed, as well as capture events that occur when your schedule does not allow.

What forms of video and photographic surveillance are out there?

  • Home security video surveillance. This type of surveillance can you keep an eye on your home while you are out.

  • Property surveillance. Surveillance of your business, car, boat, building, land, and etcetera can assist you in ensuring that your valuable property stays secure. This form of surveillance can also aid you in unearthing evidence of fraudulent activity, as well as a myriad of other issues that can negatively impact your assets and investments.

  • Targeted surveillance. For this surveillance, an investigator will record a specific person or event. This type of video or photographic surveillance is often used in criminal investigations, marital indiscretion investigations, employee investigations, and in civil litigation. In order for this type of video or photography surveillance to be legal, it must be performed by an investigator who is aware of current privacy laws, otherwise it may not be admissible and may even come with criminal charges of its own.

Accident Investigation

Accident investigation reconstruction is used to help determine liability in the event of an accident.

When an accident happens, it is very rarely a simple determination as to what went wrong. An accident investigation reconstruction can determine what occurred and assign liability. Additionally, accident investigators can provide expert evidence in court to hold the correct party responsible for the damage incurred by the accident.

Child Support and Custody Investigations

A child welfare investigation can protect your children from harm and abuse.

In the case of a marriage schism, child welfare investigation can help make sure that the child(ren) involved are protected. A parent or court may request an investigation to determine what the childhood experience is like with the opposite parent. Investigations of parents sometimes reveal severe neglect, child abuse, or alcohol and/or drug abuse on the part of the other parent. A private investigator can research the truth and spare your child unnecessary suffering.

Insurance Fraud Investigation

What are some examples of insurance fraud that are investigated?

Generally, an insurance investigator tries to determine whether someone has filed a false insurance claim. There are many types of insurance investigations, some of which include:

  • Health insurance fraud investigation. This investigation tries to determine whether someone is getting paid for health care that they are not receiving or is filing health care claims and requests that are not valid or needed. Insurance claims investigators will search billing records and make sure that doctors and patients are not colluding to commit fraud.

  • Car insurance fraud investigation. Some criminals stage accidents, in which they purposely collide with another car and then try to accuse the other driver of an accident in order to file claims. Some criminals attempt vehicle theft fraud, trying to get money for a car which was not, in fact, stolen. Insurance fraud investigators uncover these schemes.

  • Home insurance fraud investigation. In this type of insurance investigation, investigators discover disaster fraud, which includes false claims of damage. Investigators will often try to find out if the claimant has upgraded their coverage before the claim was filed. They also investigate property fraud to find evidence against those who make false claims about property damage.

  • Life insurance fraud investigation. Investigators work to uncover cases of people who claim life insurance while still alive or those who claim too much in life insurance. Investigators also verify the existence of an individual who has life insurance being collected on them.

  • Workers compensation fraud investigation. Insurance investigators work to find evidence of workers who claim compensation when not as injured as they claim. Investigators will verify the severity of the injury and whether the injury occurred while the person was working.

  • Insurance company investigation. Investigators also work to uncover evidence of bad business practices at insurance companies. If an insurance company takes your money but does not compensate you as promised, a professional investigator can help you make your case in court.

Workers Compensation Fraud Investigation

Workers comp fraud is when an employee, employer, or medical provider willingly lies in order to gain money, time off, or some other benefit. Many people believe that workers comp fraud is only employees fabricating injuries or lying about the extent of the injury, however this form of fraud can involve employees, employers, or anyone else involved who lies to get some benefit.

Notable Statistics and Information


  • 1 out of  4 Americans believes its fine to defraud insurers

  • in 2009, over $4.35 million dollars of insurance premium fraud was discovered

  • $25 billion in fraudulent disability payments were found between 2005 and 2009,

  • On average workers compensation fraud costs the industry $5 billion a year

  • The typical American household pays $200-$300 extra per year in premiums to compensate for the cost of fraud

Typical Employee Fraud Circumstances

  • Delays in reporting injuries

  • Filing multiple claims

  • Delays in seeking medical treatment and/or missed appointments

  • Injury while off of work

  • Injury concurrent with termination

  • Financial stress at home

Typical Employer Fraud Circumstances

  • Misclassification of workforce and the nature of work being done by employees

  • Making examples of employees who have submitted claims

  • Late issuance of disability checks

  • Refusal to purchase insurance for employees

  • Denial of valid claims

Trial Preparation

This involves gathering, collating, and preparing the raw evidence for a court case. In addition, trial preparation provides the judge and a jury with a better cumulative understanding of the pertinent facts discovered in a legal issue. Depending on the disposition of the hearing, preparation efforts may diverge. Effective court room preparation is pivotal to winning a legal decision, it should never be trivialized. If the due diligence is not completed before the trial occurs, it could result in a failed litigation effort. Trial prep, often includes:

  • Evidence gathering and analysis

  • Deliberate witness testimony preparation

  • Building of comprehensive investigation reports

  • Criminal investigations for either defense or prosecution

Executive Protection

What constitutes executive protection services?

Exec protection services make use of security professionals such as bodyguard specialists to protect the welfare and safety very important persons. Executive protection also branches from physical protection of a VIP individual to protection of a company’s property or assets. In some cases, professionals are also assigned to help protect a VIP’s individual’s family.

Why Do People Hire Executive Protection Agents?

People hire executive protection agents to keep their property, their families, and themselves safe. For example, a corporation, CEO, or company VIP may desire additional protection after letting an employee go. An everyday individual may hire an executive protection agent for the duration of a child abuse or domestic abuse investigation or to be escorted to and from court appearances. A person will generally hire an executive protection specialist in an instance where a threat assessment and protection may be needed beyond what local law enforcement can offer. When seconds matter law enforcement is only minutes away.

What Is Involved In Executive Protection Services?

The first step is to contact the specialist to conduct a threat assessment and determine the risks and level of protection needed. In some cases the person will hire the EP agent for 24 hour protection, while in other instances the person may only require protection for a short time such as during a court appearance. The agent will provide non-invasive and non-confrontational avoidance, which means that their primary concern will be to prevent an incident and identify safety risks. If the person feels threatened, the agent will step in to defend the person and seek help from law enforcement.

Mystery Shopper/Employee

If you own or manage a business, a mystery shopper can save your profits and your business by giving you a realistic view from a customer or employee’s perspective.

A mystery shopper/employee is hired to investigate customer service and employee loyalty at your business. A secret shopper/employee poses as a customer or new employee, and tries to find out whether employees at a specific business are courteous and hones. If you own a business, a mystery shopper/employee can save your profits and business future by giving you a realistic view from a customer or behind the scenes perspective.


Please read through the numerous descriptions listed below of the various services we can provide you. If you do not see the service your are looking for please find our email on our contact page and outline what you would like done and we will make every attempt to help.

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