The Financial Crimes Unit
To successfully investigate financial crimes, to include : Forgery, Financial Transaction Card Fraud, Financial Transaction Card Theft Device Fraud, Identity Fraud, Computer Fraud, Bank Fraud, Financial Elder Abuse Fraud, Counterfeiting, Embezzlement, Check Kiting and Structuring, Financial Scams, Deposit Theft, and Tax Fraud.
The earliest form of a Financial Crimes Unit with the Savannah Police Department can be traced back to the 1950s – when the increased use of credit cards, and especially checks, started to become prevalent. Throughout the 1960s & 1970s the Unit became known as the’ Bad Check Squad’. The name later changed to the “Bad Check and Forgery Unit”. Over the years, with the distinct increase in more complex financially related crimes, the Unit evolved into a more specialized “Financial Crimes Unit.” Today the unit consists of 1 Sergeant, 4 investigators, 1 Administrative Assistant.
While most training is done on the job, with a training officer assigned to new investigators, other required training includes: Basic Financial Crimes and Fraud training. One Financial Crimes Unit Investigator is recognized as a Certified Fraud Examiner.
The Financial Crimes Unit is commanded by:
Lieutenant Greg P. Ramsey
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