Who Investigates Federal White Collar Crimes?

Who Investigates Federal White Collar Crimes?

Several government law enforcement agencies are tasked with investigating federal white collar crimes. The scope of white collar crime is vast, ranging from Medicare fraud to mortgage fraud, from identity theft to insider trading. White collar crimes are motivated by financial interests and are characterized by deceit.

Who investigates federal white collar crimes is largely dependent on what type of crime is being investigated. Though, it is not uncommon for more than one agency to be involved in an investigation. This is particularly true for large-scale fraud schemes.

Who Investigates Federal White Collar Crimes?

  • The FBI investigates a significant portion of federal white collar crimes in the United States. They have a robust program targeted at fraud crimes.
  • The FBI investigates corporate fraud, bank fraud, mortgage fraud, and other types of financial fraud.
  • The FBI often conducts investigations in tandem with the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) regarding securities fraud.
  • The IRS investigates tax fraud and other tax matters. The IRS and the FBI frequently play a role in the investigation of tax fraud cases.
  • The IRS is responsible for investigating money laundering offenses.
  • The U.S. Postal Inspection Service investigate mail fraud.

In response to the growing complexity of fraud schemes, federal government agencies have formed partnerships to capitalize on their areas of expertise and more readily investigate fraud cases.

For example, federal statutes are in place to coordinate federal, state, and local law enforcement efforts to identify and prosecute health care fraud. In 2009 the Health Care Fraud Prevention & Enforcement Action Team (HEAT) was created in an effort to further enhance collaboration and combine tools and resources between the Department of Justice and investigative agencies.

In their zeal to investigate and prosecute white collar crimes officials may unfairly target individuals. Criminal charges for fraud are prosecuted aggressively. If you are under investigation for or have been charged with fraud, it is critical that you consult with an experienced white collar criminal defense attorney immediately.

Ashley D. Adams is a former fraud prosecutor with the U.S. Attorney’s Office. She understands how federal white collar crimes are investigated and how prosecutors operate, and can use these insider experiences to mount a strong defense.

We will fight back for you and protect your rights. Contact us or call now (480) 219-1366 for a consultation. Have your questions answered and obtain the peace of mind that comes from having a former Assistant U.S. Attorney on your side.


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