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Pennino Investigations, who are you?

November 18, 2011

As mentioned previously, a second company name is associated with the address which google provides for Tri-Analysis Inc:   Snowbird Circle, Roanoke.

Pennino Investigations LLC

That company (as well as Tri-Analysis)  is indeed listed in Virginia’s State Corporation Commission records… yet I find no record of them in a Virginia DCJS private security firm search. 

  Additionally, the Corp Commission records lists the  ‘date of filing as 2006.’   This would seem to imply that they have been operating and offering private investigation services since then.  

So this company has been slipping through the cracks for over 5 years?   How long have they had a prominent, professionally developed, internet website?   Not particularly impressive from a DCJS enforcement standpoint….  If this is accurate, how many other examples of this sort would a motiviated, determined individual turn up?

Hmm… a motivated, determined, persistent individual…. I just might be able to locate just such a person….

If I had lost a case due to evidence obtained by either of these companies (Pennino Investigations LLC, or Tri-Analysis Inc)  I would be  absolutely livid.  It would imply that  neither my attorney or opposing counsel  bothered to verify whether the agency was legally  authorized to conduct investigations. 

According to the Code of Virginia § 9.1-138, an “‘private investigator’ means any individual who engages in the business of, or accepts employment to make, investigations to obtain information on (i) crimes or civil wrongs; (ii) the location, disposition, or recovery of stolen property; (iii) the cause of accidents, fires, damages, or injuries to persons or to property; or (iv) evidence to be used before any court, board, officer, or investigative committee.”

 I would then look at the possibility of filing a malpractice suit.  If any of my blog readers has information regarding legal matters  that either of these companies was involved with,  please contact me.


 The Virginia state bar ruled sometime ago that: “threatening litigation of the collection of debts violates the Virginia prohibition against the practice of law without a license. ”  Presumably this action was taken in an effort to protect the public good.  I respectfully request that members of the bar reinforce such commitment to public welfare when making use of a third party obtaining evidence on their client’s behalf.   A company providing private investigation services without required licensing is in clear violation of  the code section pertaining to private security services within Virginia.    Why then, has it become such a prominent problem?  I believe part of the answer lies with a lack of scrutiny performed  by those arranging for  investigative services.

 Enough Said.




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