David Brownsword, whose company pioneered the use of lie detector technology in the insurance sector, is believed to be joining insurance surveillance company Mike India 5.

Brownsword is thought to be spearheading Mike India Five’s move into fraud detection services. He is believed to be joining the company in January 2008.

Cheadle Hume-based Mike India 5 provides covert surveillance services to the insurance sector.

Brownsword left Capita a year ago following a restructure of its investigations unit. Capita had bought Brownsword’s eponymous company in 2004.

Mike India 5 managing director Anthony Heaton confirmed that the company wanted to become a fraud detection specialist. But he declined to comment on Brownsword’s appointment.

Brownsword was unavailable to comment.

Meanwhile, Mike India 5 has merged with surveillance and private investigations firm KFI Intelligence. Salford-based KFI also provides legal support services.

Heaton said: “The merger allows us to operate for the first time in non-surveillance private investigation and legal support markets.”

He added that Mike India 5’s insurer client list would benefit from KFI’s expertise.