By Rory McMahon; reviewed by Eugene F. Ferraro, CPP, PCI
Author Rory McMahon began his career as a probation officer in 1973 and he hasn’t stopped since. Today he is a successful investigator in the private sector and his book, Practical Handbook for Professional Investigators, displays his expertise.
While it is primarily focused on United Kingdom issues, much of the content will be of interest to the international reader.
To help fight white-collar crime, district attorney Ken Buck has enlisted the financial services community in booming Weld County, Colorado. Banks have formed a task force and pledged to support a five-year fund, which is being used to hire two former federal agents. The agents will investigate white-collar crime cases, such as check fraud, identity theft, false documentation, and embezzlement.
Banks are funding the Weld County task force with donations relative to their size. A small bank or one new to the area is asked to contribute about $500, while larger, established entities are encouraged to donate as much as $5,000.
In addition to funding its own investigations, the Weld County task force plans on putting some of its collected contributions into other tools for foiling white-collar crime, such as Fraud-NET.com, which was founded in 2004 by the Utah Bankers Association.
Weld County’s grassroots movement to nab criminals has sparked interest far from home, Buck says. He has received out-of-state queries about the task force from officials who are considering the implementation of a like-minded crime-busting organization.
Other efforts have sprung up independently. All of these initiatives pick up the slack for a law enforcement system that has been stretched too thin to handle many nonviolent crimes.