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Tackett & Associates is a full service investigative agency, specializing in corporate and insurance investigations, and anti-fraud compliance. We provide an amazingly wide array of services that extend beyond standard corporate, insurance and anti-fraud investigations, but which are closely related and which nicely complement our core services.

We are a private investigative agency, licensed by the state of California to contract investigative and related security services. Although our main offices are located within the Southern California area, our service area covers the entire state of California, the entire western region and the entire nation, through our network of professional affiliates.


Eric Tackett
This agency was founded in 1990 by Eric Tackett. Mr. Tackett is a former law enforcement officer and private investigator with investigative experience spanning three decades. During his years of service Mr. Tackett pioneered highly specialized forensic investigative protocols in areas such as Underwater Crime Scene Investigation as a law enforcement investigator and in medical provider fraud as a private investigator.

Mr. Tackett has also served both the public and private sector as instructor and training officer. As a NAUI and PADI Certified Open Water SCUBA Instructor, he achieved the rating of Master Diver Instructor, having developed five diving specialty courses, including two highly specialized courses of training - Underwater Crime Scene Investigation and Rapid Deployment Underwater Search & Rescue, authorizing training textbooks and providing high level training in these specialty areas in Southwest Washington State for many years. Mr. Tackett served as an instructor for both the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission and the Washington State Department of Emergency Services.

In the private sector, Mr. Tackett has served the anti-fraud community in various capacities, including both on the Board of Directors and as Vice President of the Southern California Fraud Investigators' Association, in addition to serving the Board of Governors of the National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association. He has also served on the California Department of Insurance Workers' Compensation Fraud Training Work Group, as well as nationwide healthcare cooperative, known as Industry Collaborative Effort (ICE), where he served as team leader and his training presentation on healthcare anti-fraud programs was adopted nationwide. He has also served the private sector as both an SIU Manager for a regional managed health care insurer and as the Corporate Director of SIU for one of the largest health insurers in the nation. He also served as Director of Training for the California Investigative Academy, a California Department of Insurance approved Continuing Education Provider. In his capacity as a corporate trainer for the anti-fraud industry, he has provided training on his investigative techniques to representatives of virtually every major carrier licensed to do business in California, as well as private and law enforcement investigators on the local, county and state level, including deputy district attorneys from various California counties and even the California Department of Insurance, Fraud Bureau.

Mr. Tackett has authored a number of training textbooks and magazine articles on a wide variety of investigative topics including, but not limited to, insurance fraud and underwater crime scene investigation. Mr. Tackett has also developed courses of training and published training manuals in the area of rapid deployment underwater search & rescue. All of Mr. Tackett's written works are available from the on-line bookstore at the California Investigative Academy. Visit the Academy website at

Although Mr. Tackett has retired, the company remains active under the direction of his wife and partner for 32 years, Ruth Tackett. Mrs. Tackett has an extensive insurance industry and anti-fraud background, having directed all administrative functions for Tackett & Associates from it's inception, as well of many years of experience in the insurance industry.

Ruth Tackett
Mrs. Tackett has extensive experience in both the investigative and insurance industries, having worked side-by-side with Mr. Tackett from the founding of this company and having worked in-house for a major California Insurance Carrier for many years.

Erica Tackett
Ms. Tackett, who has taken over the reigns of field operations for the company from her father, has extensive experience in the mortgage industry, where for many years conducted background investigations and licensing verification of real estate brokers, in addition to other related industry services. She also has formal training and experience in the healthcare industry and currently directs all field operations for Eric Tackett & Associates.

Our staff is supplemented by team of on-call experienced investigators who were personally trained by Mr. Tackett and/or who have received highly specialized training through the California Investigative Academy, a California Department of Insurance approved Continuing Education (CE) provider.

Mission Statement

Our mission is simple: To provide our clients with the highest level of professionalism, dedication,  and ethical standards possible.



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