Who We Are

Desiree Lemieux Murphy – Owner, License Qualifier

Mrs. Lemieux Murphy began her legal career as a paralegal in 1997 after successful completion of the New York Paralegal School’s Paralegal Litigation Specialty Assistance Program which consisted of 338 hours of course instruction in all aspects of New York State Law.

Desiree operated independently as a paralegal for a number of years. She specialized in legal research and credit repair services before bringing her legal talents to a licensed investigative firm located in Parsippany, NJ. In 1999, as a registered investigator, she trained for a full year under the guidance and direction of the firm’s three principals, former United States Secret Service, Special Agent Francis Murphy; veteran insurance and investigative specialist, Alex Toia and background and surveillance specialist, David Murphy. Desiree worked on complex insurance fraud cases, learned how to conduct in-depth background research, became proficient in surveillance techniques and participated in a number of undercover operations. She also acted as special assistant to Frank Murphy providing litigation support to him in his role as an expert witness in police liability and security negligence matters.

In 2003, Desiree joined Murphy Associates as a Senior Investigator where she continued to apply her talents as a researcher, background investigator and surveillance operative. She participated in a number of high profile investigative operations that saved high net worth clients untold settlement figures.

Over the course of her career, she has also participated in a great number of investigative training seminars covering insurance fraud, computer technologies, Internet Research techniques, Surveillance techniques, Corporate Investigations, International Investigations, Criminal defense, Social media and many other topics.

Desiree applied for and received her NJ State Private Detective license and started Cyber Investigations, LLC in 2008 as a minority – woman owned enterprise.

In 2009, Desiree received her Bachelor of Science degree in Forensic Psychology from the State University of New York (SUNY) – Empire College. The skills learned through this course of study compliment the investigative work Desiree undertakes by giving her psychological insight into the issues faced by our clients as well as the subjects of our investigations.

Desiree is currently expanding her training in DNA based genealogical investigations to assist with our growing adoption services in order to locate birth parents and or adoptees.

In addition to running the day to day operation of Cyber Investigations, LLC, Desiree maintains a NJ Registered Family Child Care Provider certificate through Norwescap to provide low income families with day care assistance. She is a devoted wife and mother of three boys and is conversational in Spanish. Desiree is also a member in good standing of the New Jersey Licensed Private Investigators Association.

David M. Murphy, Senior Investigator

Mr. Murphy began his investigative career in 1987 with Murphy Protective Investigative Resources Unlimited also known as Murphy Associates. Under the direction of his father, Francis R. Murphy, a former United States Secret Service Agent and Paterson Police Officer, David learned the investigative trade from the inside out. Over the course of several years, Frank imparted great insight into the investigative world and passed on elements of his Secret Service and police training. In addition to the years of this one-on-one training, David worked with and learned from other retired and former law enforcement officers, Secret Service Agents and FBI agents who assisted the company on complex investigations and security assignments.

Included in these projects was The Bill of Rights Tour, which was a fourteen month, cross country event, in Celebration of the 200 Anniversary of the celebrated document. David also worked on a World Cup Soccer Trophy tour which brought the iconic award to the United States.

Among his first training seminars was an intense course on special event risk assessment presented by a former USSS, Senior Special Agent, Bill Mattman. Over the next decade, David continued taking courses that related to prevention of workplace violence; hostage negotiations, violence and criminality as well training centered on insurance and corporate fraud, asset identification, computer technology, criminal defense, and surveillance techniques to name just a few.

No amount of training can bring the experience that is learned from actually working in the field and conducting an investigation. David continued to perfect his surveillance and background research skills working countless hours over many years, while also attending William Paterson University at night.

In 1998, David, Frank Murphy and Alex Toia joined forces to focus on providing premier surveillance and investigative services to the New Jersey legal community and insurance industry.

In 2000, David obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology with a concentration in Criminal Justice at WPU. He also continued to participate in yearly training seminars and has also presented instruction as a surveillance expert.

Over the many years he has worked as a private detective, David has seen the resources and technology evolve. Transitioning from using a literal wall of telephone directories in the 1990s to becoming an expert Internet researcher came naturally. He has always recognized the need to stay ahead of the curve in what has become a technologically driven industry.

Over the course of his investigative career, David has handled many high profile cases and clients including radio talk show hosts, authors, politicians, comedians, sports figures, and high net worth clients in matters ranging from highly contested divorce and child custody proceedings, stalking, harassment, criminal defense, fraud reduction and major litigation.

David has served on the Board of Directors for the New Jersey License Private Investigators Association since 2008 and is currently the Secretary of the Association.

In 2010, David came to Cyber Investigations to work with Desiree and help with the growing company’s case load. He and Desiree look forward to servicing the legal, corporate and insurance industries by providing them with professional, timely and economical investigative services. David is the proud father of the three boys and lives in Blairstown, NJ with his wife, Desiree.

INVESTIGATIVE CONSULTANTS

Stephen J. Novosedlik, JD

Stephen Novosedlik is an investigative and legal consultant as well as a professional photographer for Cyber Investigations, LLC.

Stephen is a former Special Agent in the United States Secret Service. As a Special Agent, Stephen served on temporary protective details of President Reagan, Vice President Bush, and Presidents Nixon, Ford and Carter. He also investigated Federal Treasury Offenses including counterfeit currency, thefts from the U.S. Treasury, credit card fraud as well as threats against the President of the United States.

Prior to his position with the Secret Service, Stephen served in the United States Marine Judge Advocate as a claims attorney, defense counsel and trial counsel at various commands in the United States and Japan.

Among Stephen’s educational accomplishment include his graduation from Seton Hall University with a Bachelor of Arts in Government and as well as a Juris Doctorate in 1976. In 1977, he completed the Judge Advocate Course from the Naval Justice School in Newport, RI.

After leaving the Secret Service in 1985, Steve began working as a registered private investigator in New Jersey. He focused his work in pretrial investigation and consulting services to law firms in civil and criminal matters. Stephen has also been appointed on a great many occasions as a Criminal Justice Act investigator by the United States District Courts of New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. His case work as a CJA investigator included Federal Death Penalty cases, insurance frauds, drug and organized crime cases, white collar offenses and homicide investigations. During this time, Stephen also conducted extensive surveillance involving insurance fraud, workers compensation fraud as well as matrimonial and child custody cases.

In addition to his talents as a criminal and civil investigator, since 2005 Stephen has specialized in providing professional litigation photography services and preservation photography. In 2010, he attended Drew University’s Preservation of Religious Art and Architecture course and was recently employed as a Photography Services Assistant at Rutgers University working with their digital asset management system and image archive.

Stephen was a member of the New Jersey Bar from 1977 to 2011; he’s a member of the Association of Former Special Agents of the U.S. Secret Service and serves on the Diocese of Metuchen Historic Commission. Stephen is based in the Woodbridge area to help serve our clients in Central New Jersey.

Richard D. Zucchi

Richard Zucchi directs our Technical Surveillance Countermeasures operations, Explosives Recognition/Hazardous Device programs and Physical Security evaluations. Mr. Zucchi retired from the United States Secret Service in 1991 after serving twenty years. He served as a Security Specialist assigned to the White House in Washington, D.C. and Secret Service field offices in Philadelphia and New York City.
During his career with the United States Secret Service, Richard’s duties included audio countermeasures for the President and Vice President of the United States and counter-terrorist measures for the President, Vice President and many foreign dignitaries visiting the United States. He was also responsible for electronic surveillance and technical investigations in connection with criminal jurisdictions of the U. S. Treasury Department.
Richard served as the security coordinator for many major events such as the rededication of the Statue of Liberty, the Pope’s visit to Miami and Washington D.C., and the 40th Anniversary of the United Nations as well as many others. His duties took him around the globe both for executive protection and criminal investigations.
After retiring from the Secret Service, Mr. Zucchi served as Director of Security and Safety for Radio City Music Hall Productions, Inc. in New York City. He later worked as a Corporate Security Specialist for Prudential Financial in Newark, NJ.

Mr. Zucchi’s training highlights include:

  • EOD Training, US Navy, Indian Head, MD, 1976
  • Explosive Terrorism Countermeasures, CIA Training Center, 1977
  • Target Analysis, CIA Training Center, 1980
  • Certified Explosive Handler Course, ATF, FLETC, Georgia
  • Certified Electronic Countermeasure Course, Inter-Agency Training Center, Washington, DC, October 1976 to December 1976
  • RCA Institute of Technology, Cherry Hill NJ, Certificate Electronics Technology, September 1970 to September 1971

Rich Zucchi is a member of the American Society for Industrial Security International, the International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators (IABTI) and the Espionage Research Institute.