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The New York Observer
The owner of the Check-A-Mate agency, Jerry Palace, has been nabbing cheating spouses for two decades, since he quit the police force. He agreed that affairs have been on the upswing in the past several months.
“Usually, business goes up or down with the economy,” Mr. Palace said, “but now I think things are getting bad and it’s making people do things they wouldn’t normally do. … The majority go to hotels, since going to your own apartment would be indiscreet to say the least.
“They usually go to four-star hotels like the Four Seasons and the Palace,” he said, “the obvious ones, because they are trying to impress their girlfriends.”
Breakup at Tiffany’s - New York Magazine
“It’s when you get sentimental, that’s when you get caught,” says Jerry Palace, of Check-a-Mate®, a private-investigations firm. Here’s how it often works: Husband stops in to Tiffany & Company for a gift for his wife, and he charges a gift for his mistress while he’s there. Then the credit-card bill arrives. The wife notices a curious purchase. Or sees how much her own present was and wonders why it was so cheap (was cash spent instead on someone else?) or expensive (suggesting a guilty conscience?).
Los Angeles Times
Usually it’s pretty easy to catch people around this time,” says Jerry Palace, a detective at Check a Mate in New York. Palace spoke from a cell phone while he was on the trail of a wayward husband (a police officer).
For some couples, the suspicion starts right after Christmas, when a credit-card statement arrives, or receipts turn up showing some unfamiliar purchases–a necklace, say, or a copy of Walt Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass.” By the time Valentine’s Day rolls around, the suspicion may be strong enough to warrant professional action.
New York Magazine
Jerry Palace, Check-a-Mate detective agency
Cheating Tale: A client had us follow her husband on Valentine’s Day. He takes a bus from home and goes immediately to a florist. He goes into his office building— I think it was an insurance firm on 23rd Street—and disappears till lunchtime. Then he and a co-worker both come out. They have an extended lunch hour or two, and they are all over each other, to the point of, Here’s $50, go get yourself a hotel room. They finish lunch, go back, come out later on, go to a club—I think it was Chevy’s. At this point, we call the wife: We’ve got him. She says, “Do you mind if I come down?” So she’s in the surveillance van with one of us. Her husband and his mistress come out, and he throws the mistress up against the wall and plants a huge kiss on her. The wife says, “Well, it is Valentine’s Day.”
Indeed, technology changes everything, but old-fashioned gumshoe tactics remain effective to catch cheating spouses or partners. Jerry Palace—a former New York City police detective—runs Check a Mate, which specializes in matrimonial investigations. He conducts GPS tracking, background investigations, uses hidden cameras and other methods to confirm cheating.
“The big thing today is following them. Years ago, we sent decoys, you sent a girl to somebody’s boyfriend or husband,” Palace notes. He says legally, there are now more restrictions on what he can do with phone and financial records and bills so “we’ve gone back to the basics… it’s surveillance.”