Beyond our executive team, our company consists of a cadre of skilled operatives, investigators, and security professionals. While their experience is extensive, their biographies remain confidential due to their undercover and clandestine assignments.
Herman B. Weisberg
As a decorated Detective in the New York City Police Department, Herman Weisberg rose through the ranks to join one of the NYPD’s most elite units and worked with the Secret Service on executive protection details. As a top investigator for legendary New York County District Attorney Robert Morgenthau, he led worldwide investigations into extortion, financial crimes, and other complex criminal cases. As Managing Director of The Sage Intelligence Group Services, Mr. Weisberg oversees investigative work in support of complex litigation, corporate security, and executive protection on behalf of law firms, major corporations, small businesses, and individuals.
A twenty-year veteran of the NYPD, Mr. Weisberg conducted undercover assignments on behalf of the Public Morals Division and investigated narcotics trafficking in Brooklyn and Queens before being assigned to the prestigious Intelligence Division. In the Intelligence Division, he underwent Dignitary Protection training and subsequently performed “advance work”, coordinated with both the State Department and the Secret Service and served on protection details for Vice President Al Gore and President George Bush as well as visiting dignitaries from all over the world.
He was also the lead investigator in the global Oil for Food Program corruption case, where he conducted interviews and investigations worldwide, which resulted in numerous arrests and millions of dollars in fines; the $1 Million larcenies from the Hamptons Management Company; and a major insider theft from the BNP Paribas Bank.
Known for his interview skills and absolute discretion, Mr. Weisberg was tasked with leading the investigations and negotiating the resolution of blackmail and aggravated harassment cases on behalf of some of Manhattan’s notable residents, including the highly publicized extortion of a well-known talk show host.
Mr. Weisberg is trained in Dignitary Protection, Homicide Investigation and was a certified instructor of the “Flying While Armed” Program of the TSA.
Director of Operations
Sage Intelligence’s Director of Investigation, Ignatius Licato, manages investigations into financial fraud and asset misappropriation related to commercial litigation and criminal investigations. He has extensive experience conducting joint investigations with regulatory agencies and state and federal law enforcement agencies, including the F.B.I., the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, and the U.S. Postal Service, involving identity theft, bank fraud, postal crimes, and money laundering.
His recent investigations include foreign and domestic surveillance, witness identification, data mining, and the retrieval of the revelation of theft and financial crimes, which involved the subsequent arrest and conviction of the criminals, as well as the recovery of stolen assets.
Prior to joining Sage, Iggy represented firms affected by financial frauds committed by employees, partners, and industry players during his tenure at KBTF/Intelligence Options LLC. During one such case, he played a key role in an investigation conducted on behalf of the United States Federal Housing Finance Agency related to its suits against numerous financial institutions accused of misrepresenting mortgage-backed
Additionally, Iggy also conducted an investigation on behalf of Fairfax Financial Holdings. The client was seeking billions of dollars in damages from several defendants, who were accused of conspiracy to commit securities fraud. The revelation of the conspiracy, and Iggy’s role in curtailing the activities of those involved, played a determinative role in the client’s recovery and continued success. Iggy retired as a Detective 2nd Grade from the New York Police Department, leading some of the most publicized and complex white-collar investigations prosecuted in New York City. Iggy’s impressive roster includes global investigations involving corruption within Tyco International, Ltd., which led to the arrest and conviction of Tyco’s Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer. He has also handled investigations involving high-profile individuals, such as one case that he led as Detective assigned to the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office involving the theft of 35 priceless heirlooms from Sotheby’s auction house belonging to a very prominent political family, which culminated in the arrest of a Sotheby’s employee and other accomplices. The stolen items were successfully recovered and returned to the family.
Director of Investigations
William “Billy” McNeely will join the firm after 32 years of experience as a highly decorated member of the New York Police Department. Through his extensive experience as a Detective First Grade in the world’s most elite crime-fighting and tactical terrorism response unit, William puts his dedication to the NYPD’s mission of protecting and serving the public into private practice.
“Billy brings a wealth of experience and prestige to our team,” said Herman Weisberg, Managing Director of Sage Intelligence. “His distinguished career in law enforcement and decision to join Sage is in line with the superior level of dedication and expertise that Sage is known for,” adds Weisberg. Throughout his illustrious career, William has been the recipient of several notably prestigious awards, medals, honorable mentions and letters of acknowledgment for bravery and dedication to excellent police duty. Bill spent 17 years of his career in the Manhattan South homicide squad investigating many high-profile murders. He was elected by his peers to serve as a member of the Detective’s Endowment Association, Inc.
Irma Rivera-Duffy is a former “First Grade” NYPD detective with over 25 years of service. During this time, she was primarily assigned to various high-profile investigative units: Manhattan South Homicide Squad; Manhattan Sex Crimes Squad, and, early in her career, the 23rd Precinct Robbery Identification Program.
In the course of her ten years as a sex crime and child abuse detective, she was directly involved in the investigation of several notable cases, such as her 1987 arrest of Joel Steinberg convicted of brutally assaulting his wife (Hedda Nussbaum) and causing the death of their daughter “Lisa Steinberg.” Irma was one of the first detectives to be assigned to the then-groundbreaking “Child Abuse Unit” within the Manhattan Sex Crimes Squad.
Following her tenure in Sex Crimes, she was assigned to the Manhattan South Homicide Squad where she was directly involved in the investigations of the high-profile triplemurder that came to be known as the “Carnegie Deli murders,” and also the infamous Greenwich Village murder of actress Adrienne Shelly.
During the course of her impressive investigative career, Irma expanded on her natural ability to not only think out-of-the-box-and connect obscure investigative dots-but also excelled as a highly intuitive interrogator and interviewer of suspects and witnesses.
Her NYPD career included being a member of the 24/7 elite Hostage Negotiating Team (HNT.) She joined HNT in the late 1980s and contributed to resolving a number of sensitive hostage negotiation/confrontations until her retirement.
Since her retirement in 2007, Irma spent several years as a Sex Crime Liaison/Investigator with New York University’s security team where she focused on a variety of sex-related abuse (and other crimes) against students on campus, as well as investigating sexual harassment and discrimination allegations concerning students and employees.
Irma is currently a licensed private investigator that is often contracted by foster care agencies and private attorneys. She is frequently relied on to bring her vast experience to evaluate and probe their most sensitive, challenging, and confidential cases.
Irma reads, writes and speaks Spanish.