Since 1981, Argus West has been a leading provider of professional investigative services throughout California. While Argus West’s predominant work force are employees in California, additional states are becoming a part of our growth. Our SIU program incorporates annual SIU compliance, anti-fraud plans and reporting in all states.
Argus West is a mid-size private investigative firm managed by experience acquired within the insurance industry. For 35 years, Argus West has built an industry-leading reputation with investigative experience, expertise and diversity that rivals national companies. In 2012, former National SIU Director of Berkshire Hathaway Matthew R. Hopkins became President and CEO of Argus West. His 9 years of national carrier experience and perspective have propelled Argus West into a preferred investigative provider for many insurance companies, third party administrators and self-insured employers.
While we specialize in California, we can handle assignments throughout the country via our network of affiliates. Wherever your needs are, so are we.
Matthew Hopkins has over 25 years of investigative experience, from law enforcement, a national insurance carrier to private investigations. In January 1992, Matthew graduated the Ventura County Sheriff’s academy and worked as a patrol officer all through the 1990’s. By 2003, Matthew was the National Director of a Special Investigations Unit for Berkshire Hathaway. For over eight years, he created and led a Major Case Unit of investigators in some of the most high-profile provider fraud investigations in California history.
Christopher Petitti was raised on the East Coast in Trumbull, Connecticut. While attending Southern Connecticut State University, Chris decided to relocate to the West Coast and settled in Newport Beach, CA. In 1994, he accepted a position as a Surveillance Investigator with Argus West and has never looked back, spending almost 24 years in the field.
Paul DeBono has over 25+ years of experience in Investigations. After graduating from Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, CA in 1987, he went on to Arizona State University, earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. Following college, he began work with Giorgio Armani in the Loss Prevention Department in Beverly Hills and Costa Mesa. In 1995, he worked part time with a local Private Investigation Firm as a surveillance investigator.