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Donald Scott Richards

November 26, 1947 July 5, 2014
Donald Scott Richards
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Donald Scott Richards, President and CEO of Investigations International, passed away suddenly in his home on July 5, 2014 in Philadelphia, PA at the age of 66.

The son of the late Harlow Scott and Billie Scoggin Richards, he was born on November 26, 1947 in Portales, New Mexico. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from University of San Francisco, where he received his MBA in Banking Corp, Finance and Securities Law. He also received his B.S. in Accounting and Business Management from the University of New Mexico.

Don was a strong and highly motivated person who held many titles throughout his lifetime. He worked as Financial Crimes Program manager and agent for the FBI; served as Deputy Director of Global Security for Bankers Trust Company; and the Director of Investigations for both Bernstein Liebhard, LLP and Berger & Montague, PC. Most recently, Don served as Founder, President and CEO of Investigations International, Inc since 2006. He was active in many organizations including the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI, and the Vidocq Society. He was also a published author of Deadly Betrayal, a novel based on the CBS Murders Case he solved while serving as a special agent with the FBI.

He was predeceased in death by his wife of 26 years, Katherine Canelides Richards in 2001.

Don is survived by his son Kyle Richards and his wife Melissa and their children, Alexander, Jason, and Tyler Richards all of Hartford, Wisconsin; his companion, fiancée, and friend, Judith (Jude) Levine; one sister, Sandra Bonham and her husband Gordon of Baltimore, Maryland and their family.

Visitation hours will be from 6 to 9 pm today, Friday, July 11, 2014 at Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home, Inc, 130 Highland Avenue, Middletown, NY 10940. A Funeral Service will be held at 10 am on Saturday, July 12, 2014 at the funeral home. Burial will follow in the family plot in Wallkill Cemetery, 160 Midway Road, Middletown, NY 10940.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Don’s name may be made to Bay Lakes Council and mailed to his son’s attention: Kyle Richards, 450 Violet Ave, Hartford, WI 53027. The memorial will be used towards benefiting the council Boy Scout camp his grandsons attend regularly. As a youth, Don earned the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America and enjoyed supporting his son and grandsons in their Boy Scouting journey.

Arrangements are under the direction of Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home, Inc.

www.applebee-mcphillips.com

Visitation hours will be from 6 to 9 pm today, Friday, July 11, 2014 at Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home, Inc, 130 Highland Avenue, Middletown, NY 10940. A Funeral Service will be held at 10 am on Saturday, July 12, 2014 at the funeral home. Burial will follow in the family plot in Wallkill Cemetery, 160 Midway Road, Middletown, NY 10940.

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