Financial Crimes in Your Backyard

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Date(s) - 11/03/2017
All Day

Area 30 Career Center

Is your money going to support criminal organizations?

Instructors:  Tom McKay and Tim Sutton

Based upon our investigations over the past 10 years, we know that the State of Indiana, and the Federal Government, is losing hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of tax revenue to scams involving the under-reporting of sales tax, employment of illegals paid in cash, under reporting of income tax, hiding assets, money laundering, and skimming. These crimes are being committed by owners and managers of numerous ethnic restaurants, grocery stores, convenient stores, and other establishments across the State of Indiana and the nation. Many of these establishments make use of illegal, or undocumented, workers who are ultimately victimized by deceptive business practices; such as very low to no wages, tips only, and workers paying for items usually associated with occupational needs.

These cases are often overlooked, because the establishments usually pay some taxes, and do some reporting, which is almost always inaccurate at best, but serves an appearance that they are in compliance.

Investigations such as these are complicated, time consuming, and require many hours of surveillance on numerous locations.  Decisions must be made whether to arrest, who to arrest, what locations to search, and what to seize.  These cases are very manpower intensive during the execution of search warrants.

While this class is not, by any means, all-inclusive, it will outline the methods and successes of Detectives Tim Sutton and Tom McKay, of the Dearborn – Ohio County Prosecutor’s Office. They will outline several cases, through case studies, which they have conducted in southeast Indiana.  Attendees will receive information concerning the “what, when, where, how, and why” questions related to these investigations, including:

· Examples of common tax fraud schemes · How to recognize these schemes
· How to confirm your suspicions and develop evidence · Subpoenas and record requests
· The value of conducting surveillance and photography · Identification of assets gained by illegal means
· Undercover ops · Why RICO?
· Search Warrants, where, when, by whom and for what? · Gaining the assistance of other agencies in the investigation
· Putting it all together, and trial prep · Conducting raids, searches and interviews

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This training was made possible through ICJI grant funds.  icji

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