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Quality Private Investigation Services since 1930

Need to Find Somebody? Need a SkipTrace?

We find missing debtors, heirs, witnesses, and defendants. We also find merged or dissolved banks and other closed companies.

What Can We Find About You?

Do you need to know what your online "footprint" looks like? Pending divorce, custody case, or litigation has you worried?

Need to Find Assets?

We find hidden or concealed assets to satisfy judgments, or verify assets offered as collateral or as security.

Background Check

Find info on people and businesses. Satisfy Due Diligence for hiring of new employees. Research potential business partners.

California Private Investigator / Los Angeles

About Us

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Hughes Investigation Agency has a rich history dating back to 1930. 

The agency was formed at downtown Los Angeles by a college student named Weddington Weir Hughes.

Better known to his family and friends as "WW" Hughes, while attending law school, Hughes observed there were few private investigators in Los Angeles. 

Prompted by attorneys and other industry insiders, Hughes took a chance and instead of pursuing a career in law, chose to hone his skills as a private investigator.

Despite the Great Depression and World War II, Hughes forged ahead with his vision and established an early rapport with many of the largest downtown corporate law firms. These relationships continue today with prestigious firms such as O'Melveny & Myers, Sidley & Austin, Latham & Watkins, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, Rutan & Tucker and Burke, Williams & Sorensen.

In 1959, Hughes died after a sudden illness and soon thereafter, his son in-law George Tiffany took over day-to-day operation of Hughes Investigation in downtown Los Angeles. 

Throughout the late 1960's and into the 1990's, George strengthened Hughes Investigation’s relationships with existing clients and developed a specialty niche in litigation support. George trained his investigators on the importance of finesse and professionalism, and many lawyer clients used George and his team to do their work at the courthouse! George also opened a second Hughes Investigation office in Anaheim, CA.

Craig Bassham joined Hughes Investigation as an investigator trainee in 1988, and in 1996, George partially retired and sold the company to Craig. 

Later, George formed Tiffany Investigations in Yorba Linda.


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Today, in the same fashion started by WW Hughes over 90 years ago, Hughes Investigation Agency continues to provide its attorney, bank, public agency,  and title company clients with quality civil litigation support and investigation services.

As time moves forward, so does our ability to keep pace with the ever-changing business environment. In the recent economic downturn, Hughes Investigation once again established itself as an industry leader, this time in the area of mortgage fraud and real estate investigations. Our clients include the nation's largest title companies and lenders, including Fidelity National Title and its subsidiary Chicago Title, as well as First American title.

In addition, we spend significant costs, time and effort pursuing continuing education in the areas of CyberSecurity and social network investigations and harassment.

About Craig Bassham

Craig started his career in 1988 as an investigator trainee and process server with Hughes Investigation, and in 1996, he purchased the agency.  Over the next decade, Craig refined his skills and expanded his knowledge base, focusing on real property related matters such as specialized title searches, Eminent Domain and other land use cases. 

Craig also received extensive and specialized training in CyberSecurity and network security, including completion of the Cisco Networking Academy, Cisco Security, and Forensic Computer Examination at CSUF.

More recently, in his capacity as an Investigator for the State of California, he investigates and enforces violations of the Building and Professions Code, Civil Code, Labor Code, and Penal Code. This includes filing of administrative citations and accusations, as well as the preparation of Misdemeanor and Felony criminal filings with various District Attorney and City Attorney offices.   

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Hughes Investigation Agency

P O Box 71164, Riverside, CA 92513

Phone: (877) 746-2569 Email: Hours: M-F 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.