Thursday, July 14, 2011

Howard Stern disputes authenticity of e-mail to RTM; uses PI Ed Opperman

Howard Stern is going from star of "Private Parts" to private dick.

The shock jock's satellite radio show recently enlisted the services of a Colorado Springs, Colo., private investigator to look into the origin of an e-mail sent to members of the Representative Town Meeting, attacking the character of longtime Stern sidekick/producer Gary "Baba Booey" Dell'Abate.

The Feb. 17 e-mail, which opposes Dell'Abate's candidacy for a seat on the parks board, came from a Internet Protocol address on the town's network, according to the investigation.

"I had a gut feeling from the beginning that it wasn't real because it was so over the top," Dell'Abate said. "I'm glad that it's been exposed as a fake. Whoever wrote it won't stand behind it, which gives it much less validity."

First Selectman Peter Tesei confirmed to the newspaper he has ordered the town's information technology director to look into the source of the e-mail.

"People should be discriminant in their behavior and use of e-mail," Tesei said. "It's wrong to do that."

RTM members received the e-mail on Feb. 17 from a person identifying himself as 20-year town resident Michael Obrien, who accused Dell'Abate of degrading women.

"He hires young women models, prostitutes and porn stars to go on his show just to have Howard Stern and other members of the cast (including himself) treat the women like garbage," the e-mail said. "In other cases, they have even put young girls in chains or tied them up and called them `slaves' as a `so-called' joke."

The e-mail's author, who questioned whether Dell'Abate is an appropriate role model for children, did not respond to a message from Greenwich Time.

"I honestly would not leave my daughters alone with this man," the e-mail said. "Please protect our community, daughters, young men and our fine parks from Gary Dell'Abate."

Dell'Abate's appointment to the volunteer board is subject to confirmation by the full 230-member RTM on March 14.

"It made me sound like I was a pedophile," Dell'Abate said of the e-mail during a recent sound bite on "Howard 100 News" on Sirius Satellite Radio.

Playing an advisory role in town government, the nine-member parks board has been a springboard for everything from beach-access policies and playground projects to park fees and a master inventory of available playing fields. Terms run for three years.

A resident of Old Greenwich for the past 16 years who is married with two sons, Dell'Abate was unanimously nominated in January by the selectmen for the parks board.

"There's one thing to have public debate, and then there's this, which is borderline libel," said Selectman Drew Marzullo, who recruited Dell'Abate for the job.

"I support any investigation that the first selectman feels is warranted. I also fully support Gary in defending his honor, but it's unfortunate that he has to in the first place. I will say this again, Gary will be an excellent addition to the parks board."

Tesei urged the public not to jump to conclusions about the e-mail's origin, saying that many people have access to the town's computer network.

"There are people who are now on town boards and commissions who have town e-mail addresses," Tesei said. "That doesn't necessarily mean it's a town of Greenwich employee."

The private investigator used by "Howard 100 News" was identified by program officials as Ed Opperman, who runs a website called

Stern's show would not reveal the IP address that was used to send the e-mail, however.

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Ed Opperman Hired To Recover Deleted Texts For Aston Kutcher Alleged Mistress

When model Brittney Jones first went public about her alleged affair with
superstar Ashton Kucher many people were skeptical of her claims. People
questioned her credibility and she needed hard evidence to salvage her good

The high powered celebrity management team of Gina Rodriguez and DD
Entertainment turned to of Opperman Investigations Inc to
examine her blackberry and recover any hard evidence that could corroborate her
story. was able to perform forensic examinations on the phoneto recover text messages, phone logs and images. The final report of this
high tech investigation was able to produce an image of Ms Jones caller Id
that showed an incoming call from the name "Ashton Kutcher". As well as call
logs and text messages from the same phone number associated with that
caller ID.

According to Ed Opperman, the owner of, “This case was
unusual because the phone had over 3000 images and many videos. But we did
recover and document the evidence the client was seeking."

Opperman’s website,¸ describes his cell phone forensic
investigations as a way to replace detailed cell phone billing records to
investigate infidelity. A forensic examination (
can recover evidence to either prove suspected infidelity or clear a
person accused of an affair. The results speak for themselves. Opperman
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Sunday, July 10, 2011

Private Investigator Ed Opperman Wins National Publicity Cyber-Sleuthing for Celebrities

COLORADO SPRINGS — A Colorado private investigator is attracting boatloads of national press by identifying emailers and conducting other cyber-stalking investigations for a wide range of clients, including celebrities.Ed Opperman of

Ed Opperman of recently investigated the origin of an e-mail complaining about one of the producers of shock-jock radio talker Howard Stern. The case made national headlines, and it’s far from the only time Opperman has worked for celebrities.

Opperman offered some insights into his cyber-sleuthing in a recent e-interview with the Denver Private Investigator Blog.

Private Investigator Blog: What is your background as a PI? What types of cases did you work most often?

Opperman: I worked as an information broker in the 80′s and made a good name for myself. I got hired by PIs in NYC to do organized crime cases. Went on to do other things, then teamed up with some retired NYC cops in 2000 to do employment screening for UPS. Then I branched out into full-service PI work. Now I mostly do cyber-stalking investigations, computer and cell phone forensics to recover data in infidelity cases. I also invented a search to trace email address back to online dating services to catch people cheating online.

Private Investigator Blog: Why are you based in Colorado?

Opperman: I like the licensing laws, tax rates, climate, small town feel, inexpensive labor and rents.

Private Investigator Blog: What career path led you to form your current business?

Opperman: I went to school for paralegal studies, I worked for licensed investigators in NYC as an information broker and then in the telecommunications field. I expanded that into my cell phone forensics and email tracing. I partnered with retired LEO to do employment screening, but then took advantage of my experience in telecommunications to do email tracing.

Private Investigator Blog: How do you promote your business?

Opperman: Article writing, word of mouth, referrals. I don’t advertise at all. Most of my clients come to me from PIs or lawyers I worked with in NYC 25 years ago. I have a good reputation among my fellow investigators and law firms. I try to promote my business to professionals in the business for a flat rate fee.

Private Investigator Blog: You seem to attract a lot of the celebrity clients, and then you promote what you do for them on your web site. How do you attract them? And how do you get their permission to use them in your company promotional materials? Among the celebrity clients that you ask for permission to cite in your company’s promotional materials, what percentage turn you down?

Opperman: I fell into that. I did a few jobs for some high profile clients and word gets around. My biggest cases have never been publicized. But more recently in the Tiger Woods case I was retained by a talent agent/manager and all her jobs are for public release. The jobs are designed to be press-released. I never ask for permission to press- release a job. Those jobs that get press releases come to me initially as jobs that are intended for press-release.

I have worked and I am working for some other celebrity/political cases that I would never dream of press-releasing or ever asking to press release. In fact if you notice there are jobs I’ve done, like the one you initially contacted me about [regarding Howard Stern], that are widely reported in the press already but I have never press released.

I’ve also had several very high profile celebrity cases that were initially meant for press release but after the investigation, the results were not suitable for public release.

Private Investigator Blog: Are celebrities good clients? Are they more demanding than your “regular” clients?

Opperman: I work through the agent/ managers so it’s no different than working for a lawyer. In my opinion they are less difficult than lawyers. LOL I’ve consulted with many celebrities directly mostly in pre-litigation but all my consultations in those instances have been very friendly and amicable.

Private Investigator Blog: Without giving away proprietary information, tells us what you can about how you obtain the information you provide your clients The common understanding is that in order to get an Internet Service Provider (ISP) to provide the name of the owner/user of an email address, you have to have a subpoena. Do you get around that somehow, or do you simply provide the Internet Protocol (IP) address of the computer from which an email was sent? What do you tell your clients who want more?

Opperman: I never request information from an ISP unless it’s with a subpoena. But that’s not the only way to obtain information from an email address. I have my own database. I have access to many databases but I also have ways of contacting the e-mailer or luring them into traps that will reveal their identity. In fact the Howard Stern case was a very simple trace. If they had not mentioned on the air that I was tracing the email it would have been very easy to identify him. At the same time I was doing the exact same job for a city attorney in a California and it only took a few days to ID the e-mailer. The investigations were identical.

Your question is based on the misconception that identifying the person behind an email address begins and ends with an examination and trace of the e-mail header. I could talk about this for hours and hours. There is much more to an email trace investigation than just a header trace or examination.

Private Investigator Blog: Are there any limitations on what you can obtain with respect to emails and email users/owners? In other words, what do you have to tell your clients that you CANNOT get?

Opperman: Of course. There’s no guarantee. It’s an investigation like any other investigation. In fact I turn down or reverse many clients every week. Some cases are impossible and not worth wasting time. If I cannot get enough information to return a report then it’s a not a hit. If I return a report and they need further investigation or consultation with LEO or their attorney then I bill hourly. For instance in the Howard Stern case, I was able to prove the e-mail was only created a few minutes before it was sent and then I was able to trace it back to a city computer. So now that’s enough to report to the city and have it complete the investigation without contacting the ISP with a subpoena. But that’s just one example of how this kind of investigation is completed with successful results.

Private Investigator Blog: What do you like most about your work as a PI?

Opperman: I like helping people in trouble. If you look at my Facebook you’ll see people thanking me for helping to reunite their family. I like locating or identifying cyber stalkers after the clients have been told it was impossible. I’ve located run away kids, non-custodial child abductions. That kind of investigation is very satisfying.

Private Investigator Blog: What do you hate most about your work as a PI?

Opperman: I don’t like the billing and collections and clerical work on that end. I enjoy the investigation, finding information but I don’t like to have to ask for more money. I try to keep all my services at a flat fee. Then leave it to the client to request further work. I think that’s fair.

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Ed Opperman Recovers Cell Phone Texts Messages in Tiger Woods Case

December 3, 2010 – When the Tiger Woods scandal first hit the news, the story became headline news around the world. The first woman linked to Woods was Rachel Uckitel who, after turning to high profile attorney Gloria Alred, reportedly received a multi-million dollar settlement from the Golfers camp to keep her silence. After that, women were coming out of the woodwork in droves claiming they had relations with the golf star.

Many of these women turned to Hollywood insider Gina Rodriguez of DD Entertainment for representation. However it soon became apparent that not all of these women were credible and some may have just been out looking for 15 minutes of fame.

That’s where the infidelity scandal took a high tech turn. The management team for the Tiger Woods Mistresses turned to Opperman Investigations Inc. of to examine the various cell phones of the self proclaimed mistresses.
Ed Opperman was able to perform forensic examinations on the phones to recover deleted text messages and images. The results of this high tech investigation was used to either validate or disprove the ladies allegations of having relationships with Mr woods.

According to Ed Opperman, the owner of, “This [cellular forensic investigation] case was a little different than most because instead of being hired by a spouse that’s the victim of infidelity, we were hired by the mistresses side to demonstrate the cheating had occurred.”

Ed Opperman’s website,¸ describes his cellular forensics services as a way to replace detailed cell phone billing records to investigate infidelity. While lacking the ties to ( infidelity investigations, the information retrieved from a cellular forensics investigation exceeds a simple inbound and outbound call log, and these investigations work on a variety of hand-held and mobile devices. Opperman continues, “Just about every kind of handheld digital device can be examined and all kinds of deleted data can be recovered…deleted images, SMS messages, voice mails, GPS…and more.”

Email Revealer’s digital forensics services are not limited to cellular phone data recovery, however. Alongside restoring deleted cell phone data, their computer hard drive data recovery services can retrieve previously deleted files, documents, browser histories, and images from a computer’s hard drive.

Contact Details:

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Opperman Investigations Inc
Phone: 800-448-0772

Ed Opperman Private Investigator Biography

Ed Opperman President and senior investigator of Opperman Investigations Inc, a private detective agency based in Colorado is also President of Accurate Information Recovery. A computer and cell phone forensics examination and data recovery company based in Nevada.

Having grown up on the tough streets of the South Bronx in NYC , Ed learned at an early age how to navigate between both sides of the law. He negotiated his way from street gangs to the college campus. Earning his degree and certification in Paralegal Studies on the CSI campus in Staten Island New York.. Ed has led a very colorful life, running with the bulls in Pamplona Spain, competing in marathons and participating in may political causes both as a political activist and street protestor and mainstream campaign fundraiser. A successful businessman in many fields Ed has owned and operated a Manhattan nightclub as well as a telecommunications company. .

Ed has worked in the investigations field since the early 1980s first as an information broker and later in counter electronic surveillance. Working for the defense with some of NYCs top law firms and private investigators in many high profile organized crime cases. Later he teamed up with 2 retired NYPD Detectives to do employment and background screening Investigations.

In 1997 using his experience in telecommunications Ed began to investigate and trace emails back to the sender. He was able to use these techniques to locate and identify an organized group of Usenet cyber stalkers that were at the core of a
60 million dollar defamation lawsuit. At the time this type of investigation was unheard of. But Ed developed many techniques that are now considered to be the standard methods used by FBI and DHS in email tracing investigations. More recently Ed Opperman Investigations Inc and were enlisted by Howard Stern's "Howard 100 News" dept to identify the sender of a false and defamatory email sent to thwart the appointment of a candidate in Greenwich Conn .

He used these email tracing techniques to invent a method of
Internet infidelity investigation to trace a persons email address to online dating personal ads, dating sites, social networks, porn site, cam site and escort site memberships. Opperman Investigations Inc is the inventor and sole provider of this service worldwide.

In 2003 Ed teamed up with the 'founding fathers' of Cell Phone Forensics and digital data recovery. These men were fresh from the fields of Afghanastan hot on the heels of international terrorists. At the time this was a technology that was extremely cutting edge. Ed soon made a name for himself in this area and has become the leading provider of this type of
Digital Forensic Investigation.Ed and have been chosen to examine the cell phones in the Tiger Woods infidelity investigation . His services have been used to investigate allegations of infidelity launched against Aston Kutcher and Todd and Sarah Palin as well as many other high profile clients.
Some of the cases he has consulted on:

A prolific writer and speaker, Ed has authored over 500 published articles on the private investigation field as well as the book "Learn How To Become a Private Investigator: Volume 1". He also hosts many lectures and training seminars in investigative techniques.

Cases he has worked have been reported on CNN, Fox News,,, TMZ, Radar Online, Dr Drew Lifechangers, National Enquirier, Howard 100 News, Star, New York Post, New York Daily News ,People Magazine, Greenwich Times.

Today and Opperman Investigations Inc serve literally thousands of clients each year in countries all over the globe.