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Corruption Investigation Techniques - Training Session Proceedings, September 17-26, 1980

NCJ Number
E Siedlick; J Dawson; R Gardner; R Edwards
Date Published
110 pages
Anticorruption investigators from six nations, four States, and New York City discussed municipal corruption problems and investigative approaches, with attention to check fraud, police corruption, prosecution issues, program abuse, and the media's role in exposing corruption.
Officials from New York City's Department of Investigation identified agency practices and procedures that signal corruption to investigators and described check and computer-related frauds. A panel discussion on maintaining integrity in governmental inspection agencies addressed how bribery systems develop, the public's role in such systems, indicators of corruption, preventive measures, and the use of operatives in investigations. A panel session on police corruption considered numerical trends of corruption allegation, the New York City Police's program of integrity testing, and methods of conducting internal interrogative hearings. Another discussion explored the theories and practices of white-collar crime prosecution under Federal law. Speakers also outlined the organization of corruption investigations and prosecutions in New York State and New York City. Members of a special fraud unit in New York City's Kings County described their investigations into food stamp fraud and other types of program abuse. Presentations on investigative techniques examined interviewing skills, innovative methods used in Austria to investigate economic crimes, indications of organized crime and racketeering, methods to determine the possibility of a successful corruption investigation, and the personal consequences of investigative work. A workshop on organizing a corruption investigation covered surveillance, examination of business records, using informants or undercover operatives, and obtaining the cooperation of reluctant witnesses. The appendixes provide the conference's agenda, a list of participants, and New York City's executive order defining the responsibilities of its Department of Investigation.