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  • Celebrating 20 Years of Training Excellence 2004-2024

  • Fraud & Financial Crime Investigation


In this information packed 16-hour course, students will be provided with the most up to date information, techniques, and trends relating to fraud and financial crimes.  Topics covered in this fraud and financial crimes investigations training class will include:  fraud definitions and terms, identity and synthetic identity theft, forged and counterfeit documents, money laundering, bribery, instruments used to commit fraud, and the latest fraud and financial crime schemes and scams.  This course is designed especially for patrol officers, detectives, and field or detective sergeants.

Course Outline

Statement of Purpose

To provide students with the instruction and guidance to successfully identify and investigate fraud and financial crimes investigations

Course Outline


  • Be introduced and understand the fundamentals of fraud and financial crimes investigations
  • Be able to define the different terms, definitions, schemes, and scams that criminals utilize to commit fraud and financial crimes
  • Understand and distinguish between the various financial concepts, instruments, and documents that an investigator will encounter when investigating fraud and financial crimes
  • Be able to apply the lessons learned from prior fraud and financial crimes case studies to current day trends and practices.


  • Wrongful or criminal deception intended to result in financial or personal gain
  • Identity Theft: the fraudulent acquisition and use of a person’s private identifying information, usually for financial gain.
  • Synthetic Identity Theft: a combination of fabricated credentials where the implied identity is not associated with a real person.
  • Forged or Counterfeited Documents


  • White collar crime in which money, a favor or something else of value is promised to, given to, or taken from an individual or corporation in an attempt to sway his/her or its views, opinions, or decisions.
  • Active versus Passive
  • Types of Bribes
  • Industries Affected

Money laundering

  • The concealment of the origins of illegally obtained money, typically by means of transfers involving foreign banks or legitimate businesses
  • Forms of Money Laundering
  • Stages of Money Laundering
  • Cash businesses
  • False invoicing
  • Smurfing
  • Foreign bank accounts
  • Aborted transactions
  • Layering
  • Integration
  • Fake employees – a way of getting the money back out. Usually paid in cash and collected

Scams and Fraud Schemes

  • Romance
  • Phishing
  • Grandparent
  • Real estate
  • Wire transfer fraud
  • Home Title theft
  • Mortgage fraud
  • Investment
  • Advance fee
  • Boiler room


  • Balance Sheet
  • Income Statement
  • Cash Flow Statement
  • Automated Clearing House Network (ACH)
  • ACH Transfer Timelines
  • ACH Returns


  • The information presented was highly relevant to my job and was presented in a manner that was organized and very easy to digest.

    —Michael McGarvey, California State Prison, San Quentin
  • Incredible training with amazing real world instruction. I have been taking law enforcement classes for over 30 years and by far this is the best presented and most useful.

    —Det. Brian Dale, Portland Police Bureau
  • This was, by far and away the best training I have received in 15 plus years of Law Enforcement. The instructors are experienced, engaging, articulate, and very entertaining. I will be recommending this training to multiple agencies.

    —Mark Paynter, Oregon DOC
  • Instructional style is engaging and highly effective.

    —George Laing, Fire Prevention Captain, Investigator
  • Your training has made the greatest and most direct impact on my assignment of any training class that I've taken.

    —Ken Gelskey, National City Police Department
  • It not often that you go to a training that you really, really want to pay attention to. Because of the high quality information and style of presentation, I knew that if I looked away I was going to miss out.

    —Quinten Graves, Oregon State Police
  • This was, by far, one of the most useful training classes I've attended since becoming an investigator.

    —Steven Aiello, Antioch Police Department
  • This training by far has been the most informative and most effective I've attended. The instructors engaged the students in a manner that made me want to speak my opinion, ask questions, and participate.

    —Julio Ibarra, Merced County Sheriff’s Office
  • Effective teaching teams! The presentation of the material was consistently interesting, and intelligent without being too intellectualized.

    —Michele Keller, Deputy Probation Officer, County of Alameda
  • This training provided the useful tools necessary for assessing the veracity of a suspected child abuser, which goes a long way in helping to protect children.

    —Sunny Burgan, MSSW, LCSW, Social Work Supervisor, Santa Clara County DFCS
  • I highly recommend this training for any Probation staff who have the necessity to interview/interrogate individuals for investigation purposes.

    —R. Bret Fidler, Santa Clara County Probation Department
  • Your training gave me the confidence and tools to interview the suspect for over 5 hours and to bring a closure to the case.

    —Daniel Phelan, San Jose Police Department
  • I will continue to use and pass on this information because I really believe in the instructors and their approach.

    —Kimberly Meyer, Washoe County Sheriff's Department