Meet the IFW team: Darren Kelly, investigations manager

09 January, 2019

The IFW Global blog has recently featured some of the team’s successes. We’ve been involved in boiler room raids, investigated multimillion dollar embezzlement cases and undertaken corporate investigations into overseas companies. While we’ve celebrated the team’s successes, we’ve yet to highlight the people in that team who carry out a lot of the hard work that leads to positive news stories. In this article, we’d like to introduce you to our investigations manager, Darren Kelly. He is an integral part of the team in Australia.

Current role

Darren joined IFW Global in 2017. As our Australian investigations manager he is – alongside Ken Gamble, IFW’s executive chairman – the focal point for IFW Global clients in Australia.

Darren is an accomplished expert in many areas, including complex fraud cases, surveillance and investigations. He works as a point of contact between clients looking to recover assets and the team, our contractors and our lawyers to ensure all parties are on the same page during investigations. He works around the clock to co-ordinate investigations carried out across Australia and overseas, making sure that clients get the best results.

Previous experience

Before IFW Global, Darren worked for the New South Wales Police Force for almost 10 years. He always valued justice and despised the idea of people becoming victims of crime, so it was a natural career path.

Starting as a constable, Darren moved up the ranks to become a detective in the NSW Police Fraud Squad, based in Sydney. There, he learned skills including recording and documenting evidence, taking affidavits and running investigations. Together with his natural curiosity, inquisitive nature and strong desire for justice, these attributes make Darren a natural fit for fraud cases and asset recovery in the private sector.

Move to IFW

Darren left the police force to study at university and during that time met Ken Gamble who sparked his curiosity with the impressive work done by IFW Global.

As well as his police experience, Darren had studied online investigations and the effective management of surveillance operatives, intelligence analysts, researchers and support staff. Since joining IFW Global, Adding online investigation skills to his repertoire since, Darren can produce even better and quicker results for clients.

Darren enjoys the freedom of working in the private sector compared to government law enforcement. He takes advantage of less red tape holding up investigations and enjoys the freedom to think outside the bureaucratic process box.

Why he loves his job

A lot of Darren’s work includes relationship management. The most difficult of his often difficult tasks is to confirm to clients that they have been scammed in a serious investment fraud with the possibility that their money has gone.

However, because of his hard work and diligence, he is often able to return that money and bring relief to those who had lost hope. This is particularly rewarding when dealing with a retiree who has always worked hard, only to have all his superannuation savings stolen.

Darren’s proudest moments to date were the multiple arrest operations in the Philippines in cases that involved evidence he helped prepare for law enforcement agencies. His work was vital in uncovering information that led to the closing down of numerous transnational boiler room scams overseas and has led to the arrest of numerous fraudsters.

Find out more about fraud and asset recovery

Scammers are professionals who spend their lives trying to trick people out of money, so it’s no wonder that some people find themselves defrauded. While there are many potential red flags, Darren recommends never engaging with anyone who offers an investment over the phone that is too good to be true – especially when those cold calls are from people promising quick and big returns.

Darren Kelly and the rest of the team at IFW Global work in Australia and internationally to help individuals and businesses reclaim stolen assets. If you think you’ve been the victim of online investment fraud, download our eBook, ‘Online Investment Fraud: Recover Your Stolen Assets’, to find out what your next steps may be.

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