The Economic Crimes Unit investigates and prosecutes non-violent felony property crimes. The bulk of the Unit’s cases involve theft, misapplication of fiduciary property, insurance fraud, mortgage fraud, money laundering, tampering with governmental records, securing execution of a document by deception, identity theft, and computer crime. These offenses are commonly referred to as White Collar Crimes. The Unit is also called upon to investigate and prosecute cases involving public corruption. The Unit is staffed by four attorneys, five investigators, and support staff. The unit opens over 300 investigations annually.
The Economic Crimes Unit receives complaints from law enforcement agencies, as well as the public. If a complaint warrants, it is assigned to an investigator and an attorney for review and investigation. Investigation and prosecution can be time consuming due to the volume of records required to be examined and the time required to obtain documents from banks and other financial institutions.
Often, an investigation reveals that proof of a criminal offense beyond a reasonable doubt is not possible. In those situations, the complaining parties may be advised to consult private attorneys in order to pursue civil remedies. The Unit’s attorneys are not permitted to represent nor advise citizens in private lawsuits. A breach of contract does not constitute a criminal offense but may give rise to a civil claim for damages.
A citizen wanting to make a complaint regarding an economic crime in Tarrant County should telephone the Economic Crimes Unit at (817) 884-1661 or complete a Complaint Form and mail or fax to our office. The narrative statement of the complainant will be considered. If the matter has previously been reported to a police agency, that agency’s identifying number must be included.
Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney
Economic Crimes Unit
401 W. Belknap
Fort Worth, Texas 76196