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If you are in search of a professional, service-driven and results-oriented investigative firm, the time has come to partner with Argus West. As a mid-size company, we offer the experience, expertise and diversity of the national companies, along with the personal service, commitment and quality control found only in those much smaller. The unparalleled approach to personalized client service and case management taken by our team of former Claims Examiners, Liability Adjusters and a National SIU Director of a major insurance company will ensure your expectations are always met, guaranteed.


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  • MATTHEW HOPKINS
    President & Managing Director

    matt@arguswest.com
    24 Hour: 619-861-6556

    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. 

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  • PAUL DEBONO
    Chief Operations Officer

    paul@arguswest.com
    24 Hour: 714-853-9146

    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.

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  • Chris Petitti
    Vice President

    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. 

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  • ​MEGAN HEIKE
    Operations Manager

    info@arguswest.com
    24 Hour: 619-274-8152

    Megan is responsible for the management of all office operations, specifically surveillance case monitoring, client relations and business development. She has been with Argus West since 2005 and has over 15 years of experience in the security industry. 

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  • LORI HULTMAN
    Special Investigations Unit Manager

    lori@arguswest.com
    24 Hour: 619-405-9125

    Lori Hultman joined the Argus West team in 2013, where she currently holds the position of SIU Manager. SIU is a key unit in the company, providing specialized Anti-Fraud services including detection, investigation, pursuit of criminal prosecution, and client training. Prior to coming on board with Argus West, Lori held Senior Fraud Investigative positions with national insurance companies.

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  • NOELANI MARS
    Auto/Property Unit Manager

    noelani@arguswest.com
    24 Hour: 562-842-6742

    Noelani Mars joined Argus West in 2015 as the Senior SIU Investigator and in addition currently managing our Auto/Property Unit. She has been an investigator for close to 20 years, beginning as an accident investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board where she investigated over 180 aviation accidents of all categories of aircraft.

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  • Victoria Maker Sparhawk
    Director of Marketing

    victoria@arguswest.com
    C: (949) 677-1974 

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  • MICHEAL STUBENVOLL
    Surveillance Case Manager

    micheal@arguswest.com
    24 Hour: 619-549-8492

    Michael Stubenvoll has over 25 years of investigative experience conducting surveillance and general investigations, as well as working as a surveillance supervisor. He joined the Argus West team in February 2015.

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  • "I have benefited tremendously from the services I received from Argus West."