Thank You Tom Mahoney


Photo from article in The Channels newspaper.

     In the Justice fields from Investigation, Forensics and Government, I have been blessed to know, have known and learned from some of the most famous, most respected and renowned experts in their respective fields. However I can say without a shred of doubt that it was this man who has been my greatest influence and inspiration to do what I do. He challenged both my assumptions and helped me see how I can be an even deeper critical thinker,

He also exemplified a humility that reminds me no one is ever too educated or experienced to no longer need to seek learning more with the same zeal and enthusiasm as a green detective breaking in the field. Many times in my case work whether in dealing with crime, terrorism, courtroom politics, or community relations, I often find my mind wandering to some lecture or conversation related to some area where I may find myself struggling with that day and drawing from some insight I didn’t realize i actually retained or ever thought I might need someday.

Most importantly he showed me its not only ok to be passionate about what you do and who you serve AND be a pragmatic smart ass but that both will save me from letting either one drain my soul or blind my objectivity. 😉

I cannot thank Dr. Tom Mahoney enough for all he has taught me to do and challenged me to become.

I can only hope that should he ever see from afar the noise I’m making in the world chasing cases and monsters I probably ought to avoid, that behind the rolling eyes there is a smile and pride that he had something to do with it lol.

Thank You Tom and wish you an awesome and well deserved retirement and insane scores on the greens.

Joey Ortega

About Joey Ortega

Joey Ortega started his investigative career early at the age of 18 working as an apprentice investigator for local detectives. He started out doing insurance fraud investigations and background investigations. Proving adept in the areas surveillance and information gathering, Joey continued to seek further investigative challenges. From there he went on to do internal investigations for a number of companies that include; Sears, Roebuck Co., Saks Fifth Avenue, and K-mart. He was largely responsible for investigating issues of internal theft, embezzlement, workers comp fraud, and crime ring investigations. His success eventually earned him a position as a national investigator for a cellular chain, investigating crime rings on a national level. Trained in the Reid technique (interviewing/interrogation), Joey was able to gain confessions consistently without a single prosecution ever being challenged in court. Throughout his career as an internal investigator Joey continued to work for various private investigative agencies. Moving away from insurance fraud, Joey began developing his skills in the areas of criminal defense investigation, fidelity investigation, missing person’s investigations, and stalker investigations. It was the area of stalker investigations that Joey began to discover his passion for computer crime investigations. Having to learn quickly how to trace harassing and threatening emails, Joey began see that this is where the future of crime and justice was heading and decided to throw himself deeply into the subject. As a result, Joey’s clientele began to include those who were victims of internet fraud and cyber attacks. Joey is also the co-founder of The Ullemeyer Group, Inc. an investigative and training firm based in Santa Barbara, California that specializes in forensic training and consulting.
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