Financial fraud prosecutors in the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office investigate and prosecute non-violent felony property crimes. Financial fraud cases may involve elder financial theft, theft, misapplication of fiduciary property, insurance fraud, mortgage fraud, money laundering, tampering with governmental records, securing execution of a document by deception, security fraud, identity theft, breach of computer security, theft of intellectual property, or any crime where technology is used in the commission.
These prosecutors also are called upon to investigate and prosecute cases involving public corruption.
The Financial Fraud Unit receives complaints from law enforcement agencies, as well as the public. If a complaint warrants, it is assigned to an investigator and an attorney for review and investigation. Investigation and prosecution can be time consuming due to the volume of records required to be examined and the time required to obtain documents from banks and other financial institutions.
Sometimes, an investigation reveals that proof of a criminal offense beyond a reasonable doubt is not possible. In those situations, the complaining parties may be advised to consult private attorneys in order to protect their interests and explore potential civil remedies. For example, a breach of contract does not constitute a criminal offense but may give rise to a civil claim for damages.
A citizen wanting to report a financial fraud case should first contact their local police agency.
This team also handles Auto Crimes. In 2021, a prosecutor was designated to work with the Tarrant Regional Auto Crimes Task Force and only prosecute auto theft cases. In the past, auto theft cases were sent to the DA’s Office and assigned to various prosecutors. All now to go one prosecutor, who will be able to spot trends or see fi there are multiple cases involving the same defendant that should be grouped together. This was the first prosecutor in Texas named to solely work with an auto crimes task force.