In another case, he was offered an envelope filled with cash by a man who had falsified his address. When Reid refused, the man told him that was the way things were done in his country.
The inspector has investigated several incidents in which families use one false address after another to try to keep their children in school. In one case, it took him two years to prove fraud because the family was so adept at covering its tracks. In another case, parents who had falsified an address so their child could attend Beverly Hills schools were found to live in Hawthorne.
Reid, himself a product of Beverly Hills schools, has been on the job for 15 years. Like the best fictional private eyes, he stakes out homes and follows students to and from school. Over the years, he has developed a good rapport with apartment owners and landlords and notified police when one was found to be selling Beverly Hills addresses on Craigslist.
Most distressing, he said, is interviewing nervous children who want to be honest but are pressured by their parents to lie. "I want to err on the side of children, of caution, because you are determining their future," he said. "So you have to be real careful. A lot of watching, interviewing and research goes into it. I do find that some people we investigate live here. Not everyone is lying and cheating, and I feel good when I find that."