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Irving and Sam Stein in Los Angeles in 1945

In 1934 Irving J. Stein, while working for an insurance company, began investigating suspicious claims. Soon that was all he did, and the first Stein Investigation Agency was created in the Chicago area. After a three-year interruption during World War II, Irving restarted the agency in Los Angeles with his brother Sam in 1946. The brothers established the agency's reputation for a high quality investigative product and reliable, ethical service. In fact, many consider that Stein set the standard for investigation quality in California.

      Sam passed away in 1984 and Irving retired in 2001. That same year Stein joined forces with DMA Claims Services, a national claims adjusting and administration company, giving Stein investigators access to resources in DMA's many branch locations across the United States.


Paul Poulin: Paul manages Stein Investigations and DMA’s Southern California Region (from San Luis Obispo and Bakersfield in the north, through Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego Counties in the South). He has 29 years of insurance claims administration and investigation experience with David Morse and Associates. Paul started as an investigator in DMA’s Los Angeles office, became the manager of the Investigative Division, started DMA’s NY, Boston and Chicago offices and ultimately returned to Los Angeles and assumed management of DMA’s largest region in California. His familiarity with casualty, health care and workers compensation claims investigations has its basis in his direct experience on the ground as an investigator and supervisor of investigators. Paul has conducted fraud training seminars for worker’s compensation and life and health insurance carriers as well as delivering training classes on social media investigations and their role in the claims handling process.

Stein Manager
Direct Line 323-275-2165
Cell 323-363-1704
Fax 323-275-2150
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Brad Balentine: Brad Balentine is Director of the Special Investigations Unit for David Morse & Associates, a multi-state claims services company headquartered in California. He has over 32 years experience as a fraud investigator and manager. He has been a featured speaker on the subject of insurance fraud at Lloyd’s of London and many other venues. He has authored several articles on the subject of insurance fraud in SIU Today Magazine, Insurance Journal, and other publications. He has provided testimony as an expert witness regarding insurance claims handling procedures. Mr. Balentine is a licensed private investigator in California and Florida, and certified as a continuing education instructor in multiple states.


Member of the Southern California Fraud Investigators Association
Member of the Northern California Fraud Investigators Association

California Private Investigator's License Number 11219
Florida Private Investigator License Number C2500225

Director of Investigations
Direct Line 323-275-2146
Fax 323-275-2150
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