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.