Information Sharing, Ethical Obligations, and Boundaries

Investigations Done Right!   At Morse Investigation Services, it is rare that anyone contacts our office when things are going great for them. Whether you’ve realized that your spouse is cheating on you, you’ve been the victim of a hit … Read more

Forged Signatures allows Murderers walk out of Jail!

A manhunt is on for Charles Walker and Joseph Jenkins, both 34, who walked out of prison on Oct. 8 and Sept. 27, respectively, after paperwork bearing the forged signature of Ninth Circuit Chief Judge Belvin Perry was sent to … Read more

Tonya Farnsworth – Additional Victims asked to come forward

Richmond Times-Dispatch

A 33-year-old Henrico woman with multiple aliases has been arrested in Florida and returned to Hanover County where she faces two counts of extortion, charges of failing to appear in Henrico and Chesterfield courts and six charges of violating probation in prior convictions.

Tonya M. Farnsworth of the 4000 block of West End Drive in Henrico was arraigned this morning in Hanover General District Court and ordered held without bond pending a hearing Aug. 28. She was transported to Virginia by Hanover detectives Tuesday after a lengthy investigation into allegations that she extorted as much as $100,000 from an unnamed Hanover resident.

She appeared briefly before Hanover General District Judge Thomas Jones by video from the Pamunkey Regional Jail.

Search warrants filed in Hanover allege that an elaborate extortion scheme began Dec. 22 when a Hanover resident responded to a dating ad from a woman who identified herself as Tiffany. After paying her $200 for oral sex, the victim received multiple text messages from Tiffany accusing him of taking money from the West End Drive address.

“Tiffany demanded the victim pay her money or she would exploit him with pictures of the encounter,” according to the search warrant.

From January through late March, the victim left money almost daily at the West End Drive residence, totaling “in excess of $100,000,” according to court documents.

The victim, who was not identified in court records, worked with police to obtain recorded statements about the alleged extortion.

Farnsworth, who also uses the surnames Quevillon and Purington, is wanted in Henrico on a prostitution charge in an Chesterfield for a drug charge. She is originally from Amelia County, according to associates.

Everyone who has came into contact with this person has fallen victim in some way.  Many are afraid to come forward, while others are frustrated with a justice system that has allowed someone of such ill repute to continue to roam the streets.  Farnsworth could have been stopped nearly a decade ago, however the powers to be had little or no interest.

There is renewed hope that this time she will be fully prosecuted.  However to ensure that she is exposed as nothing more than a con and gets whatever time out justice system sees fit, Henrico County is asking any victims of Farnsworth to come forward.  Even if you have previously taken your case to another authority, Hanover believes that now that the ball is rolling other jurisdictions will be willing to jump on the bandwagon.  Hanover has pledged to assist in making the proper connections in your jurisdiction.

Hanover County authorities has asked to have their direct contact information removed from this article.  There is still a commitment to help connect victims with the proper authorities.  The recommended course of action is to contact your local authorities again and let them know about the current investigation in Hanover County Virginia and have them contact the Detective in charge of this case.  You may also send your information through this site and we will ensure that the connections are made to help you be heard.

GPS Tracking – Legislation on way to Virginia Governor Part 1

This series of articles is designed to bring into focus the aftermath of US Vs. Jones and the rush to regulate Electronic Tracking of the American Citizen as well as Personal Property. The ultimate failure of Virginia’s HB 1981, and the unfortunate shortsightedness that will likely be followed by other States.

Working as a Private Investigator

For decades, fictional characters such as Sherlock Holmes and Magnum P.I. have glorified the private investigator turning them into a hot commodity. Although private investigators can be tasked with some exciting cases, their main responsibility is to uncover the facts and bring justice to their clients.

“Media portrayal of private investigators is far more exotic than the actual day-to-day dynamics,” says Roger Humber, director of the Criminal Justice department at South University, Montgomery. “The typical day will depend on the case or service that the PI has contracted to perform.”

Instead of being inspired by fictional private investigators, John Morse, owner of Morse Investigation Services, decided to open his own firm after hiring an investigation professional to do work for him more than 10 years ago.

“I found the experience horrible,” Morse says. “I knew a lot of the tricks of the industry and knew I could do a better job.”

Morse had to put in a lot of hard work in order to get his firm started.

In Virginia, where his firm is located, he says candidates for private investigator jobs are required to meet certain guidelines and minimum training requirements.

He had prior experience running a business and managing people, which he says helped him to avoid some of the common pitfalls of starting a new business.

When hiring private investigators to add to his staff, Morse says he has found that no matter what is taught in a classroom or read in a book, there is no replacement for actual experience.

“Sometimes life experience in general is more than enough,” Morse says.

Media portrayal of private investigators is far more exotic than the actual day-to-day dynamics.

When a firm is staffed with good, hard-working, knowledgeable investigators, Morse says providing good customer service is probably the single most important aspect of managing a private investigation firm.

“You must manage your clients’ budget, expectations, and ensure that your client is kept up to date,” Morse says. “Managing a large caseload and multiple investigators is an arduous task. We utilize cloud base case management that allows our investigators to update a case in real time. This has proved to be a wise investment and has saved countless man hours.”


As a private investigator, Morse says his work hours can often be long and unpredictable.

“If an investigator is not careful you will end up working nearly 24 hours a day,” he says. “There are cases that can only be worked at times when the only people that should be awake are the law and the outlaw. People under investigation typically mess up when it is least convenient for you as an investigator to respond. That is why it is so important to be able and ready to drop what you are doing and go after your subject without notice.”

Morse says his firm primarily focuses on family law cases.

“However we have had great success with cold case murders, criminal defense cases, and personal injury cases,” he says.


Gabriele Suboch, an adjunct Criminal Justice instructor at South University, Online, says private investigator jobs span a wide variety of specialties, ranging from divorce to fraud. And that they mainly focus on civil issues, as the police are typically responsible for criminal cases.

“The PI is not allowed to make an arrest,” Suboch says.

Suboch says private investigators are commonly retired law enforcement officers, mostly detectives.

She says a private investigator must have good interview, computer, photography and interpersonal skills, in addition to a firm understanding of laws regarding what you can do and where you can go without a search warrant.

“A weapons permit is also strongly recommended,” Suboch says.

She also notes the importance of private investigators being knowledgeable in their line of work, so they can recognize everything they will need to do for an investigation to be a success.

Humber says the private investigation profession is not as strictly regulated as publicly funded criminal justice entities.

“There are no universal minimum standard criteria for someone interested in pursuing this career field,” Humber says. “For example, in Alabama there is currently no statewide regulation or requirement for someone wishing to become a PI.”

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) most states do require a private investigator to have a license, but specific laws vary according to each state.

Most states also require private investigators carrying a handgun to meet additional requirements, according to the BLS.

A private investigator specializing in negligence or criminal defense investigation can obtain the Certified Legal Investigator certification, offered by the National Association of Legal Investigators to demonstrate expertise in the field, says the BLS. Investigation professionals with a security specialization can also get a Professional Certified Investigator certification from ASIS International.

According to the BLS, private investigator jobs are expected to experience a 21% increase between 2010 and 2020. This is due to increasing security concerns and the need to keep property and confidential information secure.

Advances in technology have also led to an increasing number of cyber crimes, including identity theft, spamming, internet scams, and financial and insurance fraud, which has assisted in the demand for private investigators, says the BLS.

Author: Laura Jerpi

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