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a graduate of illinois state university with a bachelor's degree in accounting, mr. armitage spent several years as an accountant in a cpa firm. in 1978, he was appointed as a special agent with the federal bureau of investigation (fbi) in milwaukee, wisconsin. his primary assignments were investigating white-collar and organized crime.

in 1982, he was transferred to new york city where he worked on cases that included bank fraud and embezzlement, public corruption, undercover assignments, the iran-contra scandal, and a major congressional bribery matter.

in 1987, mr. armitage resigned from the fbi after 10 years of service. he moved back to milwaukee and, realizing the need for professional and technical expertise in the field of private investigation, founded armitage & associates.

since its inception, the agency's investigations have covered a broad range of clients requiring its unique services. using state-of-the-art computerized information sources, as well as conventional investigative techniques, armitage & associates provides the highest quality service to its clients.

through his vast and varied resources as a member of the society of former fbi agents, mr. armitage has created a network of talented and professional contacts who help him in his work locally, nationally and internationally.

mr. armitage is also affiliated with the following organizations: advisory committee for froederdt hospital; board member of the better business bureau of milwaukee; member society of former special agents of the federal bureau of investigation, inc.; member of the rotary club of milwaukee; member of and serves on various committees for the milwaukee athletic club; member of association of certified fraud examiners.

mike's 10 tips on things you can do when developing a background on a person or business:

1. use the internet to develop background information.

2. contact regulatory authorities.

3. check with the better business bureau.

4. conduct research at your local courthouse for any litigation the business or person may have been involved in.

5. talk to neighbors, employers or business associates.

6. check to see if anything has ever been written about a person or business in the news media.

7. contact professional organizations to confirm credentials.

8. verify educational degrees.

9. contact the department of consumer affairs for any complaints that may have been filed.

10. contact clubs or associations a person or business may belong to for their comments.

michael armitage on the biggest change in investigative consulting in the last 10 years:

"the biggest change, by far, has been the internet and ease of which information on people and businesses can be accessed. but with this change, there has also been legislation to tighten privacy issues, which has made the investigative business tougher in some respects and more valuable in others."