Undercover Operations and Confidential Informant Information Usage

Numerous avenues of investigation can be utilized while conducting fraud and other criminal investigations. Two useful tools are the use of confidential informants and undercover operations. Information derived from verified and credible confidential informants can provide invaluable information on what criminal offenses are being committed, who is committing them, how they are being committed, the hierarchy of the subjects involved in the criminal operations, and the dates and times of offenses that have been or will be committed. The vast majority of these informants want little in return for their cooperation. Undercover operations, when done safely and correctly, can yield evidence and fruits of the crime, unlike any other investigative technique. An undercover operation, in and of itself, can and will capture offenders in the act of committing the criminal offense and will be done while a representative of the investigating agency is on site and possibly involving themselves in the crime being committed. These individuals can serve as a wonderful witness. Confidential informants and undercover operations can be used in support of various criminal investigations, including but not limited to workers’ compensation fraud, prescription fraud, insurance fraud, auto finance fraud, auto theft, catalytic converter theft, and illegal sale of catalytic converters.

Law Enforcement SIU
Location: Big Sur Date: April 20, 2023 Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm James (Jamie) Vignali