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Economic Crimes Investigations: Current Trends   

Economic crimes have become the fastest growing and costliest crimes in the U.S. in recent years. Frauds are also one of the most difficult to understand and investigate. This updated course explains the complexities of fraud investigations and arms you with a systematic approach and specific techniques for handling a wide range of financial and consumer fraud-related crimes. It relies heavily on student interaction, case studies, and practical scenarios to help increase your understanding of the ever-changing nature of these investigations.

Our goal is to provide you with current information effecting Economic Crimes Investigators with different levels of training and experience. Topics range from simple check fraud and credit card fraud to identity theft and major offenses like embezzlement, internet scams, and Ponzi schemes. In addition, you will learn current trends involving electronic fund transfers and cryptocurrency, as well as how to investigate these crimes. We will show you how to handle the day-to-day issues with conducting these investigations. These issues include how to determine the appropriate jurisdiction for cases, which cases are civil or criminal, and reviews a variety of investigative resources to assist the students with their investigations. We will also provide you with receive recent examples of a variety of legal processes needed to conduct these investigations.

Topics Include

  • Introduction into Economic Crimes:
    • Triaging cases
    • Determining civil vs. criminal
    • Jurisdictional issues
    • Case management
    • Subpoenas, search warrants and court orders
    • Resources
    • Legal process
  • Classifying and investigating the different types of fraud:
    • Check fraud
    • Credit/debit card fraud
    • Identify theft
    • Internet/computer crimes
    • Embezzlement
    • Ponzi/pyramid schemes
    • Money laundering
    • Racketeering
    • EFT’s/cryptocurrency


Patrol officers, criminal investigators, and economic crimes unit personnel who are responsible for conducting fraud investigations

This course is restricted to sworn and non-sworn law enforcement personnel.

Course Length

24 hours

What Our Students Are Saying About This Course

  • “I enjoyed every aspect of this course, to include the additional instructors as well. Mr. Lafferman was very knowledgeable about economic crimes and would field our questions and comments with current examples and previous experiences with his cases. I would recommend this course to any new or experienced detective.” – R.R.
  • "This is the only class I have found that can directly help my day-to-day financial crimes investigations. I will be recommending to other detectives." – Det. Z.B.
  • “Anthony is an excellent instructor and has a wealth of knowledge. I would highly recommend this course to any of my peers.” – R.B.
  • “The instructor was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable about economic crimes. Also there was a good mix of audio, visual, written, and speaker presentations.” – KM
  • Very informative. Glad I was able to attend.” – T.H.
  • “Each subject provided information which will benefit me and the cases I work. A++ course.” – Det. A.P.

Currently, there are no open enrollment classes scheduled for this course.  Click here to continue searching for other courses.

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