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James River Investigative Solutions, LLC

James River Investigative Solutions, LLC (JRIS) is a full service private investigations and consulting agency located in Central Virginia. JRIS specializes in providing services to law firms in support of corporate investigations. JRIS is a Virginia Limited Liability Company and is licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services as a private investigative agency (DCJS 11-18635.)  JRIS is a Veteran owned business.

Why Choose JRIS?


All investigations are conducted by former FBI Special Agents or former FBI Task Force Officers.  JRIS investigators can be trusted with important information, and will ensure your private information remains confidential.

Courtroom Experience

JRIS investigators have decades of courtroom experience, making them excellent witnesses.  JRIS investigators have considerable experience preparing for trials, and have what it takes to help win jury trials.



From surveillance to examining evidence to conducting interviews, JRIS carefully documents the entire investigative process.  Contemporaneous notes and digital recording (if requested) are used as a basis for highly detailed and readable written reports made available to the client.

About The Owner

Jim Melia began his 28 year law enforcement career as a Commissioned Officer in the United States Army Military Police. He served in combat with the 101st Airborne Division during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Jim joined the FBI in 1995 and retired in November of 2016, after serving 21 years in both Chattanooga, Tennessee and Richmond, Virginia. At the time of his retirement, Jim was the most experienced Child Abduction investigator in the history of the FBI, and is a founding member of the FBI’s elite Child Abduction Rapid Deployment Team (CARDT.) Following retirement, Jim worked as the Director of the Special Investigations Unit for one of the nation’s largest Catholic healthcare systems.

About The Business


Criminal Defense


Business Disputes (Violations of severance and non-compete agreements)


Insurance Fraud


Worker’s Compensation Investigations


Corporate Crimes (Bribery, Kickbacks, Embezzlement, Investment Fraud)


Healthcare and Hospital Related Crimes


Missing Persons


Title IX Investigations

Multi-agency investigations led by Jim

Capital Offenses – US v Rejon Taylor et al (EDTN)

Life Insurance Fraud – US v. Ann DeLeo and Alpha Capital Group (EDTN)

Property Insurance Fraud – US v James Ledford (EDTN)

Public Corruption – US v William H. Long, Sheriff of Hamilton County, TN (EDTN)

Warranty Fraud – US v Frank Chinasa et al (EDVA)

Bank Robbery – US v Lorenzo Suttles et al (EDTN)

Human Trafficking – US v Dwane Washington (EDVA)

Investment Fraud – US v James Price (EDVA)

Money Laundering – US v Lonnie R. Hood et al (EDTN)

Computer Fraud – US v James Houston et al (EDTN)