Consumer Fraud and Economic Crimes Protection

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The Consumer Fraud and Economic Crimes Division is responsible for investigating and prosecuting economic and environmental crimes including all civil and criminal violations of California's environmental protection laws and laws relating to unfair business practices. The unit consists of a Deputy District Attorney, a paralegal, and an assigned DA Investigator. Working together, this group has been sending people who commit fraud and embezzlement to prison.

Economic crimes prosecuted by this unit include major embezzlement, identity theft, counterfeiting, Internet fraud, tax crimes, welfare fraud, fiduciary elder abuse and public corruption cases. Identity theft continues to be the number one fraud issue (the unit is starting a new program to educate the public about identity theft); it is closely followed by employee embezzlement.