The Economic Crimes Unit investigate and prosecutes major theft, employee embezzlement, insurance fraud, public assistance fraud, elder financial exploitation, counterfeiting , arson with a suspected financial motive and other white-collar criminal matters. The Unit is staffed by five prosecutors and led by a division chief.
Some of the most challenging cases investigated and prosecuted by the Economic Crimes Unit involve the financial exploitation of vulnerable adults. The victims in these cases may be deceased or have diminished cognitive abilities reducing their ability to effectively cooperate in the investigation and prosecution. The perpetrators tend to be individuals close to the victim –families, friends, caregivers, neighbors and trusted professionals, including financial professionals, attorneys and fiduciary agents – further complicating the case.