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When love's not in the air - his business can catch someone in the act

When love's not in the air - his business can catch someone in the act
By: CJ Cassidy

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - When it comes to declaring your love, nothing's too cheesy or too pricey - especially on Valentine's Day. But, did you know some spend just as much making sure they steer clear of Mr. or Mrs. Wrong?

Flowers, gifts and candy, can all add up to a hefty price tag - but nothing says "I Love You" like hiring a private investigator to check your sweetie out. "Typically charges on investigators run anywhere from 25 to 35 dollars an hour to 350.00 to upwards of 2000.00 on retainer so you can spend quite a bit," John Mackey says.

He's what you might call the Anti Cupid. For a fee, Mackey will figure out just how significant your significant other really is. "We try to find a secluded spot where they can't see us, hold surveillance on that, use cameras, pictures, photographs -also take the tag numbers start following people," he explains. "It's worth spending the money to them," Mackey says.

So why do Mackey's clients want this incriminating evidence? "Sometimes they believe spouses or significant others no longer faithful and want some kind of evidence or proof of that go to divorce court."

Attorney John Heisserer's handled thousands of divorce cases - and come across many a spouse who sought out the help of a private eye. "I've done this for 25 years, and there's been no shortage of divorce cases. They keep coming, and with the internet technology, there's more opportunity for people to be unfaithful to their spouse," Heisserer says.

Of course you don't have to be married to cheat. Some of Mackey's clients simply want a quick background check done on the fascinating stranger they met online. "You just never know who's on the other line. There's too many horror stories about it," Mackey says.

After all, as the saying goes - all's fair in love and war right? Mackey says he keeps all his clients information confidential.

Attorney John Heisserer says while judges do take incriminating evidence they get from private investigators into consideration, most cases are determined on the basis of their merits alone.

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