Office of Justice Programs (OJP)

Anderson Police Department

BJA Program(s): Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program
State(s): SC

Grantee Agency: See below

Grant Amount/Year(s): FY 2007/$71,008

About the Program:

White collar crime primarily includes the crimes of forgery, bank fraud, credit card fraud, credit card theft, financial identity theft, breach of trust (employee/employer) and computer crimes. From July 2007 to June 30, 2008, the Anderson Police Department (APD) recorded 1,519 white collar crimes related to 38 different offenses. In response, the APD hired a White Collar Crime investigator to increase public awareness in the Anderson community of white collar crimes; and, to improve the investigation and prosecution of white collar criminal activity in Anderson through increased resources and improved coordination of the various agencies responsible for white collar crimes.

Program Successes/Effect on the Community:

The grant-funded investigator arrested 188 offenders on a total of 224 charges from July 2007 to June 30, 2008. In addition, the investigator has pursued several extra-curricular activities that have resulted and will continue to result in an increased number of cleared cases in the near and distant future. For example, he has participated in meetings to develop a joint task force in an effort to collaborate with other agencies on investigations and initiatives in the prosecution of white collar offenders. This task force includes the US Postal Inspection Service, the US Secret Service, Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office, Simpsonville Police Department, Laurens County Sheriff's Office, Anderson County Sheriff's Office and the City of Anderson Police Department. In May 2008, the investigator joined the Lt. Governor's Task Force on Senior Fraud.

White-collar crimes cost the United States more than $300 billion annually according to the FBI and go largely undetected. Criminals today are more savvy and sophisticated than ever, engineering everything from slick online scams to complex stock and health care frauds (http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/investigate/white_collar).

By hiring a fraud investigator, the Anderson Police Department has been successful in its effort to combat local economic and high-tech crime by investing in a fraud investigator. This effort has resulted in the arrest of 188 offenders, who may have otherwise gone undetected, over the course of one year.

Learn More:
To learn more about the program, please contact:
Captain Mike Walters
Project Director
Anderson Police Department
Phone: 864-231-2263

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