Narcotic Related Financial Investigative Techniques “Follow the Money"
Tuesday, September 24 - Thursday, September 26, 2019
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: Salinas City Hall, West Wing
Directions: 200 Lincoln Ave, Salinas, CA 93901

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This course is aimed at the state local and federal criminal investigator/prosecutor and their support staff who specialize in narcotics investigations and normally does not prioritize the related financial crimes.  It will focus on the elements of the various financial crimes that stem from the laundering and accumulation of profits from the illegal narcotics industry.  Specific topics include financial interviewing, sources of financial information, assembling financial profiles, the use of financially based undercover operations, and the prosecution and forfeiture possibilities generated from using these techniques.  The theme of this class will be that these techniques can be employed parallel to a normal investigation and used to supplement any on-going criminal investigation/prosecution.  Upon completion of this course the student will be able to determine if money laundering and currency violations can assist them in expanding their prosecution base through adding additional targets and whether asset forfeiture provisions of these statutes are appropriate.

Who may attend this course:  Investigators, Prosecutors, Narcotic and Gang investigators, Intelligence Analysts, proactive patrol officers and deputies are encouraged to apply.   Priority registration is going to members of NC HIDTA and task forces. All applications will be reviewed. If your application is accepted you will receive a confirmation email.

Instructor:  John LaFear retired after over 24 years of service as a Special Agent with Department of Treasury, Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI). He held various management positions including Director of Advanced Training at CI's National Training Academy.

Throughout his professional career, John was involved first in working and managing large scale narcotics/money laundering investigations and then in the training and development of training for all types of financial crimes, including money laundering. He designed and implemented the first money laundering course offered to law enforcement after the enactment of the money laundering statue in 1986. He was assigned to the Dept of Treasury’s Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) for 3 years to assist in setting up their Financial Fraud Institute (FFI). While at FFI, he was responsible for developing domestic and international training programs relating to money laundering and financial crimes investigations.

John was the first Director Advance Training at IRS-CI’s training academy. He created and established an entire advanced training program, with a focus on money laundering and forensic computer training for senior investigators.

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