Missouri Association of Private Investigators – MAPI – is established to bring together licensed private investigators in Missouri into a single association created by private investigators and for private investigators. The private investigative industry faces many challenges in the 21st century – review of state licensing policies and procedures, developing and maintaining the highest standards in behavior, conduct, and interaction with clients and authorities. The need for expanded opportunities for continuing education cannot be overstated. Interaction and networking among private investigators is paramount if this industry is to move on to the next level. Seasoned investigators are called upon to mentor newly licensed and inexperienced private investigators – thereby passing knowledge onto the next generation. These are the goals and principles behind the Missouri Association of Private Investigators. We at MAPI invite you to join us in our quest to be of great benefit to Missouri licensed private investigators.

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Missouri Board of Private Investigators Meeting - 08/30/2019

MAPI President, Fredrick Akin, has requested the Missouri Board of Private Investigators to include two items in their next upcoming meeting agenda of 08/30/2019. The request' has been approved by a majority of MAPI members.

The two items are:

1. Make available to the people of Missouri an anonymous complaint process. (The Board only allows written named persons to complain about Missouri Private Investigator "Professional" behavior.)

2. Make available to Missouri Private Investigators; license reciprocity in California, Oregon and Washington State.

Please contact MAPI for any questions of comments.


Monday, August 19, 2019

The future of Missouri Private Investigator Licensing, commitment or complacency?

8/18/2019 (Jefferson City, MO) The recent indictment of a retired FBI agent allegedly engaging in private investigative work in Missouri without a license (and without establishing a business) brings to mind larger issues for the private investigative industry of Missouri.

The commitment of Missouri and its agencies towards reassuring the safety of its citizenry through a properly regulated private investigative industry is lackluster at best. Current law allows for appointment of consultants who actually perform investigative duties without a license. How does one know if consultants have established businesses in Missouri? The consequence of this apparent loophole or exemption allow for imposters to pose as legitimately licensed private investigators – posing a risk to the paying public.  

This apparent complacency is multifaceted and shouldn’t be overlooked. On one hand, the Legislature voted for what is now an apparent loophole – don’t blame it as they may not have seen it coming. On the other hand, the state sanctioned PI Board is responsible for the proper governance and regulation of the PI industry.  Lastly, where’s the enforcement?

I don’t see much coming from the PI Board. It consists of three or four members from the industry, a citizen and a legal counsel. The Legislature faces an election every few years, and the PI Board members should be up for replacement on a routine basis. Strangely, individual terms expired as far back as 2011, yet are still in office - not counting the citizen member and legal counsel with terms potentially ad infinitum! Job security? What a deal! Oh yes, a fire investigator is designated as a member, but remains unidentified. Hopefully the PI Board meets with politicians, legislators, and other private investigators seeking ways to enhance the industry, ensuring only licensed private investigators are engaged in the business. One has to wonder how much is accomplished beyond the occasional ceremonial wave to other private investigators.   

From what we were told by the PI Board itself, it cannot propose legislation. Frankly, that is a rather ridiculous response. Of course it cannot propose legislation – that IS the job of the LEGISLATURE. There is nothing to prevent any interest group (read PI Board) from meeting with legislators and RECOMMEND to those who can – namely those who can propose the Legislation for consideration by the Legislature. This brings to mind the role of the legal counsel – does it advise, counsel, or what? What role does it play in helping the PI Board? Who benefits? The People, the PI Board, or the “System”? I don’t know!

Moving forward, the PI Board can strengthen its complaint process by permitting anonymous reporting. Whistleblower statutes throughout the country permit such reporting. Why would a person file a complaint and risk potential ridicule, retaliation, and job loss? It just make sense to permit anonymous complaint filings. This process of anonymous reporting needs to be added to the PI Board’s Rules as an alternate complaint procedure. 

Respectfully, the people of the State of Missouri can benefit from a strengthening of the PI laws so retirees from federal and state law enforcement, despite their professionalism, don’t wave their retired status as a basis for employment, jurisdiction or authority. Once a federal agent, police officer or agent retires, they’re just like the rest of us! No kidding. If they want to be private investigators, they have to follow the rules. To do otherwise, is potentially being on the receiving end of allegations of being an imposter. It is time for a change, and Missouri is on the right path. Is its agencies and PI Board in lock step too? It comes down to commitment or complacency!

As for enforcement, a proper investigative wing should be developed and investigate allegations of misconduct, unlawful and unlicensed investigative activity. A lot has to be done before then! So, are we complacent or committed?

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

William Tisaby, former FBI agent indicted in Missouri

(06/09/2019 SPRINGFIELD, MO) In 2018 William Tisaby came into the State of Missouri and started illegally investigating then Governor Greitens. Tisaby's flagrant disregard of the laws regarding Private Investigator licensure was not superseded by any authority DA Kimberly Gardner bestowed upon Tisaby-  illegal acts by both DA Kimberly Gardner and Tisaby. DA Kimberly Gardner should have been indicted for official misconduct by her hand at creating an illegal "unlicensed" position for Tisaby and then following through with the crime by placing Tisaby in that illegal "unlicensed" position according to the Missouri Chapter 2009 324.1100 licensing definitions:

  (14)  "Private investigator", any person who receives any consideration, either directly or indirectly, for engaging in the private investigator business;
  (15)  "Private investigator agency", a person who regularly employs any other person, other than an organization, to engage in the private investigator business;
  (16)  "Private investigator business", the furnishing of, making of, or agreeing to make, any investigation for the purpose of obtaining information pertaining to:
  (a)  Crimes or wrongs done or threatened against the United States or any state or territory of the United States;
  (b)  The identity, habits, conduct, business, occupation, honesty, integrity, credibility, knowledge, trustworthiness, efficiency, loyalty, activity, movement, whereabouts, affiliations, associations, transactions, acts, reputation, or character of any person;
  (c)  The location, disposition, or recovery of lost or stolen property;
  (d)  Securing evidence to be used before any court, board, officer, or investigating committee;
  (e)  Sale of personal identification information to the public; or
  (f)  The cause of responsibility for libel, losses, accident, or damage or injury to persons or property or protection of life or property.


WILLIAM DON TISABY HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH SEVEN FELONIES
 FOR HIS ILLEGAL INVESTIGATIONS IN MISSOURI. WHY HAS TISBY STILL NOT
BEEN CHARGED BY THE MISSOURI BOARD OF PRIVATE INVESTIGATORS
FOR ILLEGALLY INVESTIGATING?

MAPI reached out to the Missouri State Licensing Commission with a licensing compliance complaint against William Tisaby and basically told... they were not going to act or indict. The person we reached out to was Pamela Groose, Director of Missouri Licensing.  As of this date, she has refused to investigate further and protect the Missouri Private Investigators Licensing from Tisaby and Gardner.  Like most Liberal government acts, it's the Conservative individuals who suffer and the criminal malcontents who ignore the law without punishment.

Our complaint to Pamela Groose, State of Missouri concerning Tisaby:

http://www.moapi.org/2018/03/mapi-president-files-complaint-with.html


Holes in the Missouri PI Licensing you could drive a Mac Truck through:

324.1106.  Persons deemed not to be engaging in private investigation business. — The following persons shall not be deemed to be engaging in the private investigator business:
  (1)  A person employed exclusively and regularly by one employer in connection only with the affairs of such employer and where there exists an employer-employee relationship;
  (2)  Any officer or employee of the United States, or of this state or a political subdivision thereof while engaged in the performance of the officer's or employee's official duties;
 (3)  Any employee, agent, or independent contractor employed by any government agency, division, or department of the state whose work relationship is established by a written contract while working within the scope of employment established under such contract;
  (4)  An attorney performing duties as an attorney, or an attorney's paralegal or employee retained by such attorney assisting in the performance of such duties or investigation on behalf of such attorney;
  (5)  A certified public accountant performing duties as a certified public accountant who holds an active license issued by any state and the employees of such certified public accountant or certified public accounting firm assisting in the performance of duties or investigation on behalf of such certified public accountant or certified public accounting firm;

Tisaby was not an employee or contract employed person. In DA Kimberly Gardner's slick maneuvers to skirt the laws, she made sure Tisaby was not an employee but, still managed to pay him through his company as a sub contractor [according to IRS, sub contractor is not an employee - see attached link].  If Tisaby wasn't an employee, then he was illegally hired by Gardner, and the Missouri State Board of Private Investigators should have brought this to a grand jury for Gardner and Tisaby indictments.

THE REAL QUESTION IS: WHY DOES ANYONE IN MISSOURI DOING PRIVATE INVESTIGATIONS WORK HAVE TO PAY FOR LICENSING AND INSURANCE?

It is MAPI's position that the Missouri Private Investigations licensing laws are contradictory/ambiguous and at odds with the professional licensing and financial responsibilities of the state and people of Missouri.

Director Ms. Pamela Groose, why do you keep allowing unlicensed and uninsured Private Investigators to work in the State of Missouri?  Why are you allowing people who are carpet baggers into Missouri, to investigate without license and insurance?  Where is the financial responsibility in the protection for the people of Missouri?

Tisaby story:

https://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/former-fbi-agent-who-investigated-greitens-indicted-in-st-louis/article_147c2a69-b36e-5822-8e8c-e81ac81cfdf7.html


Monday, November 19, 2018

MAPI Membership Director

MAPI would like to welcome Mr. Ryan Keating as MAPI Membership Director. 


·      Former Nixa, Missouri City Councilman - 2016-17

·      Vice President of CCVoice (NonProfit) - 2016-present

·      Case Manager Director of CASC (Community Alternative Sentencing Court) - 2017    
present

·      Missouri P.I.#2018020361- 2018

·      MAPI 2018 – Membership Director


If you wish to become a member of MAPI, please contact membership at:

Mr. Ryan Keating, Membership Director 
Phone: 417-268-0695

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

St. Louis Police open investigation into fake Private Investigator who investigated MO Governor

The great and professional men and women of the St. Louis Police Department have stepped up to the plate to investigate some very underhanded people.

The St. Louis Police Department has opened an investigation into a fake private investigator who was brought into Missouri to investigate Missouri Governor Greitens. William Tisaby was brought in from the East Coast and was hired by the prosecutor (Kimberly Gardner) who targeted Governor Greitens. Now Tisaby is under investigation for illegal investigation activities and grand perjury in Missouri.

MAPI affirms its respect and full support of the St. Louis Police Department in their investigations of William Tisaby and Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner. Hopefully Tisaby will see the value in becoming a 'states witness' against Kimberly Gardner for her grand scheme.

Prior MAPI story related to our complaint against William Tisaby

KMOV.com

By Fredrick Akin, MAPI President

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Missouri Black Activist Prosecutor Stacking False Criminal Charges on Missouri Governor

Missouri Black Activist St. Louis Prosecutor, Kimberly Gardner recently decided her contrived criminal charges against Missouri Governor were probably not going to be enough to get a conviction.

Activist Prosecutor Kimberly Gardner has trumped up new charges against Missouri Governor Eric Greitens related to a non-profit the Governor started to raise millions for those less fortunate.

As we have previously reported, St. Louis Black Activist Prosecutor, Kimberly Gardner is on a 'white search and destroy mission' to appease the BLM community because of Greitens hard line stance against the burning and pillaging of St. Louis in 2016/17. Missouri Governor Greitens called out the Missouri DPS and Missouri State Guard to stop the violence against the good people of St. Louis and Ferguson, now there has to be payback by the Democrats and BLM.

Once again, we issue a warning to those who would seek to remove the Governor without due process; we are watching and will investigate those who would seek to harm Greitens and Missouri by manipulating the system for political and financial gain.

Please find the attached news story for background and reference. Fox4kc in Kansas City flat-out lies in its news story wholly distorting the truth. The Fox4kc states Missouri "AG finds evidence of criminal activity" when in fact the AG states openly on the record there may be "POTENTIAL" criminal activity. This act by Fox4kc Kansas City is yet another hatchet job by the news media and part of the Missouri piling on of people by and for BLM and other racial activist supporters.

http://fox4kc.com/2018/04/20/missouri-gov-greitens-indicted-on-another-felony-after-ag-finds-evidence-of-criminal-activity-in-charity/