National White Collar Crime Center
Intellectual property (IP) crimes undermine the innovation and creativity that drives America's financial growth. In response, BJA has created the "Intellectual Property Enforcement, Training, and Technical Assistance Program" consisting of 8 field initiated grants and 2 grants for training and technical assistance (TTA). BJA formed a partnership with the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C) and the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) to raise the awareness level and to improve the quantity and quality of enforcement and prosecution of IP crimes by providing TTA to state and local officials. A schedule of training will be posted on the BJA web site in the near future. It is also anticipated that additional funding for IP field initiated programs to be available in FY 2010.
You don't need to be a direct victim of mortgage fraud, foreclosure scams, and vacant property crime to feel the nationwide economic effect of these crimes. To address these crimes, BJA has partnered with NW3C, the National Crime Prevention Council, and The Center for Public Safety Innovation to develop a national TTA network. The goal of this network is to meet the prevention, investigation, and prosecution TTA needs of state and local officials and community stakeholders. TTA will be coordinated with federal and state task forces to complement and expand training and technical assistance as needed. A needs and resource assessment tool has been developed and is posted on the NW3C web site. All law enforcement agencies are encouraged to spend a few minutes with this online assessment, which is located at www.nw3c.org/bja-mortgage-fraud-survey, in order for your voice to be heard.
On March 25, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona, Attorney General Holder announced that new investments included in the FY 2010 budget will soon be distributed to combat mortgage fraud. This spring, nearly $8 million for mortgage fraud enforcement and related efforts, including task forces, will be allocated to state and local agencies.