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Economic Crimes Bureau
The Economic Crimes Bureau (ECB) conducts criminal investigations into crimes that inflict a serious financial hardship on the community. The Bureau also conducts investigations into identified organized criminal groups and enterprises, which by their nature; require investigative resources and capabilities that exceed those of other departmental elements or entities. The functions of the Bureau are separated into the Major Fraud, Arson, Vice Crimes, and Cargo Thefts Sections.
Special Investigations Section (Major Fraud)
The Special Investigation Section (SIS) investigates the following types of fraud: Credit Card, Check, Real Estate, Prescription, Embezzlement, Flim-Flam (Lottery Scams), and Contractor Fraud. This section is also responsible for investigations related to Homestead Exemption Fraud in partnership with the Office of the Property Appraiser and responds to leads regarding squatters who illegally occupy vacant homes.
Additional resources for Fraud related investigations:
- Florida Attorney General – Identity Theft
- Internet Fraud Complaint Center
- United States Secret Service
- Escrow Fraud Protection
- Postal Inspection Service
- Florida Trade Commission
- Free Annual Credit Report
Florida Department of Consumer Services
National Check Fraud Service
Credit Bureau Information
P.O. Box 7402141
Atlanta, GA 30374
Credit Report: 1-800-685-1111
Report Fraud: 1-800-525-6285
P.O. Box 9530
Allen TX, 75013
Credit Report: 1-800-397-3742
Report Fraud: 1-888-397-3742
P.O. Box 390
Springfield, PA, 19064-0390
Credit Report: 1-800-916-8800
Report Fraud: 1-800-680-7289
Squatter Task Force
The Squatter Task Force (STF) is responsible for tracking and removing illegal occupants from vacant and or foreclosed properties. The STF detectives are responsible for determining rightful ownership of vacant or foreclosed properties in order to facilitate a squatter removal. The STF is also responsible for the follow up of any related rental fraud investigations.
The Arson Unit investigates the following crimes where an incendiary device or an open flame is utilized to include: Arsons, Exploded and Unexploded Devices, Vapor Explosions, Attempted Murder, and Insurance Fraud. The Arson Unit is also used as a support unit to scenes of fires involving Homicides.
Organized Crime Section (OCS)
The Organized Crime Section (OCS) investigates cases involving gambling, prostitution, murder-for-hire, and cargo theft. The OCS works closely with state and federal law enforcement agencies in order to combat crimes that expand across state lines and are also active members of various task forces.
Anyone with information can contact the Economic Crimes Bureau or Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-TIPS or visit the webpage at http://www.crimestoppersmiami.com.
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