About Us

Pettus Investigations, LLC (Pettus) is a private investigation firm located in Portland, Oregon and is owned by Helena A. Snyder, a licensed and insured investigator.  Pettus provides several investigative services including background investigations, insurance (fraud) investigations, asset searches, witness locates, interviews, consulting, educational seminars as well as fraud examination.

Through experience, Helena as extensive knowledge and coordinating and conducting complex investigations surrounding questionable or fraudulent financial matters, identifying and managing cases of suspected fraud, coordinating investigations and cases of probable prosecution with law enforcement, district attorney offices and the FBI as well as providing quality, cost effective investigations and reports.

Helena graduated from Portland State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Administration of Justice. She is a current and active member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) as well as the Oregon Chapter of the ACFE (OACFE), where she is a Past President and a prior Newsletter Editor.

Helena is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and has been certified by the Washington and Oregon Departments of Insurance as an instructor on her presentations on Insurance Fraud as well as on Research and Investigative Tools. Helena has provided instruction to several national and local organizations including the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Oregon Academy of Legal Investigators (OALI), the Oregon Chapter of the International Association of Special Investigation Units (IASIU), the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), the Oregon Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (OACFE), as well as the Anti Vehicle Crime Association of Minnesota (AVCAM).
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