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CRIMINAL & CIVIL INVESTIGATIONS

Research/Undercover/Interviews

Foreign Assignments

Clients will be called on cell or landline. Skype and email make communication immediate and convenient.

 

About The Founder


 
Green Star Investigations was founded and incorporated in 2003, by Clarissa McNair, P.I.  With twenty years of experience, she has successfully resolved cases from the corporate to the highly personal.  Each situation is handled quickly and confidentially.  No assignment too small.   

McNair is now located in New York City but will travel anywhere. She has worked in Miami, New York City, Mississippi, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Toronto, London, Geneva, Paris, in the Caribbean, in Latin America and all over Europe. Though she possesses an impressive network of colleagues, she prefers to handle cases personally.
Her experience as a journalist, working in radio, television and film, gives her great skill as an interviewer. She has a reputation for persuading difficult subjects and uncooperative witnesses to talk.

McNair  excels in pre-trial interviews and has served on several defense teams in the U.S.  She was the investigator  for Sante  and Kenny Kimes  after their arrest and during their  NYC trial for the murder of Irene Silverman and then was  hired as consultant to the defense team when the Kimeses were tried  for murder in Los Angeles.   

She worked undercover with the FBI, the NYPD's OCID (Organized Crime Intelligence Division), the Federal Marshals, and the Joint Terrorist Task Force in New York City.

For several years, McNair  focused exclusively on intellectual property for internationally recognized designers and pharmaceutical companies. 

Taking on investigations for these large firms does not preclude working for an individual who has a problem, a suspicion or who has been charged with a crime. McNair is often hired by a client to work with a lawyer or by a lawyer to gather information.   In short, McNair is retained to do anything, anywhere to help prepare for trial. She has served on the defense team of clients charged with a range of criminal acts including homicide, rape and money-laundering.  Her cases have also included stolen art recovery.

Before moving to  Paris and then to Rome, Clarissa McNair  served as a court-appointed investigator in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,  for death penalty cases.

 



Biography

Clarissa McNair was born and grew up in Mississippi and graduated from Briarcliff College in New York with a B.A. in American history.  In Toronto, McNair was a researcher for the CBC-TV documentary called Connections. The ten-hour series on organized crime/the Mafia took several years to produce, won many awards and received a standing ovation from the Canadian Parliament.

In Rome, she worked for Vatican Radio as a news writer, on-air newscaster and producer of documentaries. She interviewed all sorts of luminaries: celebrities, journalists, cardinals, ambassadors and heads of state. On weekends, McNair was the news anchor for a small television station. A few years later, while writing her first novel, she was in charge of international publicity for a Los Angeles production company making movies in Rome.


In Los Angeles, McNair worked in all phases of script development.  She presently has her own radio show in Paris called Basic Black, "vignettes of crime, scandal and death" which is broadcast on World Radio Paris.


Clarissa McNair is a published novelist and true crime writer , and an enthusiastic traveler. She has set up households in Italy, Cyprus, England, Switzerland, Portugal and Canada.
Her travels include a year in Africa, trips all over Europe, Asia, the Caribbean and the Middle East.


McNair has an advanced degree from the Cordon Bleu di Roma and graduated from the New York School of Interior Design. Her professional memberships include THE OVERSEAS PRESS CLUB, PEN AMERICA, MYSTERY WRITERS OF AMERICA,  the World Investigators Network and P.A.L.I. which is Pennsylvania Association of Licensed Investigators. She is also a founding member and served as vice president of PEN FLORIDA.


NOTE: For more information, see the section titled Recent Press Attention for the biography recently published in the World Investigators Network magazine.  The website www.mcnairwrites.com  is a guide to her books.

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Services Provided


        • TRIAL PREPARATION
        • HOMICIDE INVESTIGATIONS
        • RECORD SEARCHES
        • PROPERTY SEARCHES
        • MISSING PERSONS SEARCHES
        • DUE DILIGENCE
  • CORPORATE INTELLIGENCE GATHERING
  • GENERAL INVESTIGATIONS
  • INSURANCE INVESTIGATIONS
  • INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY INVESTIGATIONS
  • MEDICAL MALPRACTICE
  • STOLEN ART RECOVERY
  • TRADEMARK VIOLATION INVESTIGATIONS
  • UNDERCOVER WORK
  • WHITE COLLAR CRIME INVESTIGATIONS

 

Foreign Assignments

McNair has been retained by firms in England, Australia, France , Canada, and Italy for assignments in the United States and overseas.

She has lived in Philadelphia, New York City, Beverly Hills, Miami, Toronto, Ottawa, London,  Paris, Rome and Geneva.  McNair has also lived in a fishing village off the coast of Tuscany and on the island of Cyprus. She devoted a year to tracing the perimeter of Africa and is familiar with most countries in Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the Caribbean. McNair has spent time in such diverse places as Afghanistan, Haiti, the Arctic, Patagonia and Ethiopia.  

McNair is available for foreign assignments.


 

Selected Testimonials

 


"With a keen understanding of human behavior, Cici McNair displays initiative, intelligence and professionalism in her assignments for us.  She has excellent people skills and a quick grasp of what is needed in each investigation."      -- Tom Cash, Executive Managing Director of Kroll, a risk consulting firm with 55 offices on six continents

"Cici brings elegance to any investigation."      -- Alice Byrne, President of Alice Byrne Investigations, Inc., Brooklyn, New York

"Ms. McNair firmly and quickly captured the essence and subtleties of different types of sophisticated money laundering and the U.S. laws and rules that apply to it.  She brings additional value to her forensic work by her great ability to express herself very well orally and in writing."      -- Charles A. Intriago, Attorney, President of Alert Global Media, Inc., and Publisher of Money Laundering Alert, a Miami-based monthly publication that is one of the world's leading authorities on money laundering, the Bank Secrecy Act and foreign laws

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Recent Press Attention

 


Published in the June/July/August 2004 of The Communicator, a publication of the World Investigators Network
 
AROUND THE WORLD WITH JACK HENEBRY
Selected Excerpts:


Large firms, small firms and one-man bands now hire Cici. Cases run the gamut from counterfeit pharmaceuticals to corporate malfeasance to stolen art recovery. Criminal work is her favorite. 

“Once in awhile I get sent somewhere great like Paris which IS better than riding the subway to the Bronx,” she smiles. But she says she loves it all. “Every case interests me on some level. It’s a person with a problem. It has to be taken care of.” When asked about undercover, Cici says, “I get to be an actress and I get to write my own lines. What’s better than that?”

Last summer, a money laundering case in the Caribbean meant time in Miami and she liked it. While waiting for her Florida P.I. license, she was a volunteer working with endangered loggerhead turtles.  She was alone on the beach for the midnight shift moving the tiny, newly hatched babies from the hatchery into the surf.  She recalls, with a sense of awe, the stars, the ocean in the middle of the night, and the turtles the size of Ritz crackers fearlessly plunging into the black waves.

In November, she opened her Coral Gables firm.  “Plenty of evil here,” she laughed. “I have terraces again––not Rome but I have palm trees—and I’m two hours twenty minutes flying time from New York.  I go up once a month for cases and for my NY fix but I’m actually getting cases from all over.  With a cell phone and email, no one knows where I am or what I’m really up to. Mostly, I’m on the phone, barefooted, drinking a Diet Coke—this is how I run the tropical office of Green Star Investigations.”

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Updates

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KISS THE RISK by CICI McNAIR

published in April 2013


NEVER FLIRT WITH A FEMME FATALE by CICI McNAIR, P.I.
published January 2011


DETECTIVES DON'T WEAR SEAT BELTS BY CICI McNAIR, P.I.
published September 2009



all available on WWW.AMAZON.COM 

See the website  WWW.DETECTIVESDONTWEARSEATBELTS.COM  and  WWW.MCNAIRWRITES.COM for more about the books.



In the spring of 2006, Clarissa McNair was asked by Dr. Iain Robertson (Head of Art Business Studies, SIAL) to contribute to a book called THE ART BUSINESS. McNair's subject is the art of crime whereby she discusses intellectual property, copies, fakes, the looting of archaeological sites, smuggling and the recent international repercussions in the auction world. McNair writes a section on patrimony and the spoils of war which chronicles the efforts of family members to recover property seized by the Nazis and the new legislation that is making this easier.

Charles Hill, internationally known stolen art recovery expert and former Scotland Yard detective, contributes his expertise on the subject of stolen paintings.

THE ART BUSINESS, to be used as a textbook for the Sotheby's Institute of Art in London,  was  published in  April 2008.

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