Midwest Counterdrug Training Center
Drug investigators that don’t work the financial side of their case are only working half of an investigation. Drug traffickers are in the business to make money. In this course the investigator will learn how to fully develop their narcotics investigations, make a case with more jury appeal, and produce more asset seizures. Students will see first hand how to uncover, find, document and seize ill gotten gains. The students will learn how to fully exploit the financial aspects of their drug investigations, and put more investigative “tools” in their “tool box”.
Upon Completion each student will learn:
The history of asset forfeiture in the U.S. and how it has evolved
An overview of relevant federal criminal and civil forfeiture statutes and procedures
An overview of federal conspiracy and money laundering statutes, and the use of the federal Grand Jury
How to participate in the federal asset sharing program
To identify and uncover assets subject to seizure
How to overcome nominee ownership of assets
How to acquire and analyze bank records
An overview of The Right to Financial Privacy Act (RFPA), and third party record keepers
Bank Secrecy Act records- CTR’s, CMIR’s, FBAR’s and SAR’s
Overview of FINCEN (Financial Crimes Information Network), and how to access their records
How to identify credit cards belonging to your target, and how to acquire credit card records
How to acquire IRS tax returns for your target
Indirect methods of showing illegal income (Net Worth and Proceeds cases)
Tracing asset purchases (vehicles, real estate, etc) back to the original “source documents”
How (and when) to do “mail covers”
Innovative methods for “trash covers”
How to acquire and analyze records from the three National Credit Bureaus
How to utilize county records to find additional assets
How to determine the legitimate sources of income (employment) for your target
How to write and execute “document” search warrants
How to identify “immediate action items” during search warrants- and how to act on them
How to qualify and testify as an “expert witness” to enhance your drug case
How an investigator can protect their personal information
Included will be handouts (or digital downloads) of sample document search warrant affidavits, mail covers, bank subpoenas and attachments, credit card subpoenas, temporary restraining orders, and civil forfeiture complaints.
Several case studies will be discussed, highlighting the seizure and forfeiture of vehicles, real estate, jewelry, aircraft, and yachts, and the prosecution of those involved in the laundering of drug proceeds, including family members and attorneys.
The instructor is a retired twenty-five-year DEA agent, who spent 24 years working complex financial and conspiracy cases before being promoted to a supervisory position over the DEA-Financial Investigation Team in Chicago. His DEA investigations ranged from undercover work to street gang investigations to international drug trafficking organizations. Prior to DEA he was a Criminal Investigator with the IRS Criminal Investigation Division. He is currently working as a sworn officer for an Illinois State Police drug task force, and is deputized as a Deputy Sheriff, an Illinois State Police Inspector and a DEA Task Force Officer. He also has a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Illinois, and has taught accounting at the junior college level.