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Investigators, Prosecutors Combat Financial Fraud

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 17, 2012

SALEM, Ore. C For the twelfth consecutive year, a unique financial crimes conference will be held in Oregon. It brings together, from multiple jurisdictions, law enforcement investigators and prosecutors, financial institution fraud investigators, and corporate fraud investigators so that they can learn how, through teamwork, to apply the most recent technology to combat financial fraud. Financial fraud results in billions of dollars of losses annually in the United States, but law enforcement officers in Oregon are determined to reduce the harm to consumers and to hold more offenders accountable.

On Tuesday, September 18th, through Thursday, September 20th, investigators and prosecutors will gather at the Salem Convention Center to learn how to better investigate and prosecute financial fraud. The conference will provide investigators and prosecutors who handle financial crimes, and private-sector personnel who assist them in doing so, tools to assist in the detection, investigation, and prosecution of financial fraud. The conference is open to all city, county, state, and federal law enforcement officers and prosecutors; fraud investigators and security officers for financial institutions; internal auditors for public agencies; and private-sector personnel who assist law enforcement in the investigation of financial crimes.

The seminar will address a variety of topics, including: (1) digital forensic evidence; (2) financial exploitation of elders; (3) data mining for evidence of fraud; (4) real estate fraud; (5) identity theft and tax fraud; (6) use of digital evidence in court; (7) trends in skimming and credit card fraud; (8) monetary funds transfers; (9) state and federal search and seizure legal updates; and (10) financial fraud investigative success stories.

Amanda Marshall, the U. S. Attorney for Oregon, stated that AThe twelfth annual conference represents a persistent desire by Oregon investigators and prosecutors to hold accountable those who financially victimize our citizens. It also symbolizes a continuous need for training in the increasingly sophisticated area of financial fraud. The combined training of investigators and prosecutors fosters a team approach and provides immediate tools to better detect, investigate, and prosecute those who commit financial fraud.@

United States Attorneys across the nation are launching an Investor Fraud Initiative and hosting regional Investor Fraud Summits during the first two weeks of October in Walnut Creek, Calif.; Denver, Colo.; Nashville, Tenn.; Miami, Fla.; Cleveland, Ohio; and Stamford, Conn. U.S. Attorney Amanda Marshall will be attending the Walnut Creek summit on October 9, 2012. The primary goal of the Investor Fraud Initiative is to raise public awareness about investor fraud by identifying the types of schemes and schemers prosecuted by the Justice Department, educating investors on ways to protect themselves from becoming victims of fraud, and encouraging individuals to report suspicious activity.

The 2012 Financial Crimes & Digital Evidence Conference is sponsored by the United States Attorney's Office, the Oregon Department of Justice, the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training, and Interstate All Battery Center of Oregon. For further information, please contact Sean Hoar at sean.hoar@usdoj.gov or visit www.financialcrimesconference.com.

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