The Economic Crimes Unit is comprised of 9 detectives and 1 sergeant. This investigative unit was tasked with the investigation of 1,538 cases during 2007, resulting in 216 arrests. The Economic Crimes Unit handles investigations countywide.
Some of the criminal activity investigated by the Economic Crimes Unit includes identity theft, credit card and check fraud, forgery, exploitation of the elderly, computer-related crimes, internet-based crimes and schemes to defraud. Due to the complexity of these investigations and jurisdictional issues, investigators work very closely with other agencies including the FBI, U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Postal Inspectors, the Florida Attorney General’s Office and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Two Economic Crimes detectives are also members of a Counterfeiting Task Force, investigating counterfeit currency in Pasco County with the assistance of the U.S. Secret Service.
For valuable information, please visit the following sites:
Credit Education: Establishing good credit
Identity theft: Identity Theft Kit
Tax Fraud: Per the IRS Criminal Investigation Unit, tax fraud victims do not need to report these occurrences to local law enforcement. Instead, they should complete and submit Identity Theft Affidavit (IRS form 14039) which can be accessed online at http://www.irs.gov/
Tax Fraud Information: Brochure
Tax Fraud Affidavit: Form 14039 Identity Theft Affidavit
Counterfeit Money: Know Your Money
Internet Fraud: Reporting Internet Fraud Offenses
Combat criminal offenses involving the financial sector: Protecting Your Money