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Financial Crimes Unit

The Financial Crimes Unit investigates selected acts of forgery, fraud, embezzlement, identity thefts, credit card crimes, failure to return rental property, and the financial exploitation of the elderly. All cases are reviewed by a detective supervisor and if the case contains the criteria for assignment, the case is assigned to an investigator.

All bad checks, insufficient funds, account closed and stop payment checks are handled directly through the Buchanan County Prosecuting Attorney's office. Reporting of these items should be made through their office located at 411 Jules, (816)271-1480.

The unit works closely with City Hall assisting with private investigator's business licenses and all other issues relating to the licensing of businesses within the City of St. Joseph.

The unit reaches out in the community by offering training to financial institutions, businesses, and service organizations. Training is offered in variety of areas. Currently, identity theft and the financial exploitation of the elderly have been topics highly requested in the community.

Detectives in the Financial Crimes Unit are members of the International Association of Financial Crime Investigators (IAFCI). Membership in this organization gives the detectives access to training opportunities and resources needed in their investigations

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