Criminal Enforcement and Financial Crimes Bureau
The Attorney General's unique statewide criminal jurisdiction enables the Criminal Enforcement and Financial Crimes Bureau to address criminal conduct throughout New York State, including complex financial crimes which cross county lines. The Bureau includes attorneys, investigators, auditors and analysts who conduct in-depth, long-term criminal investigations and prosecute cases from charging through conviction. The Bureau's main offices are located in New York City, with additional offices in Albany, Buffalo and Syracuse
The Bureau focuses primarily on cases involving bank and financial institution fraud, securities and investment fraud, money laundering, tax crimes, mortgage fraud, investment schemes and insurance fraud. The Bureau's Financial Intelligence Section initiates investigations into illicit financial activities and tracks the flow of suspicious funds by reviewing banking, regulatory, law enforcement, and open-source data to identify trends that will enhance the investigation and prosecution of financial crime schemes. The Section also has collaborative relationships with private sector financial institutions and other law enforcement agencies, such as HIFCA, NYPD, HSI, and the U.S. Secret Service, and strengthens the Attorney General’s ability to investigate and prosecute financial crimes.
In addition to complex financial schemes, the Bureau investigates and prosecutes a wide variety of cases, including consumer fraud schemes, public benefits fraud, embezzlement, unlicensed practice of a profession, environmental crimes and homicides, based on referrals from New York State agencies. Some of those State agencies include: the Department of Taxation and Finance, the Office of the Comptroller, the Education Department, the Department of Health, the Department of Environmental Conservation, the New York State Police, the Department of State and the Department of Financial Services.
The Criminal Enforcement and Financial Crimes Bureau includes the Auto Insurance Fraud Unit ("AIFU") and the Crime Proceeds Strike Force ("CPSF").