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Economic Crimes

Criminal Offenses Investigated

FRAUD is a common term for a variety of situations.  Fraud can apply to situations that are both Civil and Criminal in nature.  The Economic Crimes Section is responsible for investigating Criminal offenses only that, when the case is investigated, will be submitted to either the Jackson, Clay, Platte, or Cass County Circuit (Criminal) Court for prosecution.  Depending on where the transactions occurred, and/or where the victim resides, determines the court that will have the jurisdiction for prosecution.  The purpose of the police investigation is to submit the investigative file for prosecution of the offender.  Financial restitution should not be the objective of either filing a police report or for investigating the offense.  The Economic Crimes Section cannot get involved in recovering money, for victims, that were obtained through criminal activity.

FORGERY is the presenting of any stolen, fraudulently altered or counterfeit documents, such as checks, money orders, traveler’s checks, or written documents (e.g., property titles, negotiable securities, wills, etc.) that transfer money or ownership of property. Forgery is the process of making or adapting documents with the intention to deceive. It is a form of fraud, and is often a key technique in the execution of identity theft. Uttering and publishing is a term in United States law for the forgery of non-official documents, such as a trucking company’s time and weight logs. The victim of the forgery is generally the person who suffers the financial loss.

The Economic Crimes Section investigates the following criminal offenses:

  • Identity Theft (Impersonation Of Another Person)
  • Fraudulent Use Of A Credit Device
  • Embezzlement
  • Failure To Return Rented or Leased Property
  • Fraud (Theft By Deceit)
  • Trafficking In Stolen Identities
  • Financial Exploitation Of The Elderly
  • Bigamy
  • Internet Based Financial Crimes
  • Extortion
  • Counterfeit Money
  • Bad Checks/Forged Checks
  • Internet Fraud


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