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WELCOME. A DAM M UERY Counsel for the Office of Special Investigations. Office of Special Investigations. Criminal Investigations Division Medicaid Fraud Control. Criminal Investigations. Cyber Crimes Fugitive Unit Special Investigations Unit Money Laundering. Cyber Crimes.

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ADAM MUERY

Counsel for the

Office of Special Investigations


Office of special investigations
Office of Special Investigations

  • Criminal Investigations Division

  • Medicaid Fraud Control


Criminal investigations
Criminal Investigations

  • Cyber Crimes

  • Fugitive Unit

  • Special Investigations Unit

  • Money Laundering


Cyber crimes
Cyber Crimes

  • Performs investigations involving child sexual predators on the internet

  • Performs child pornography investigations

  • Investigates computer fraud, harassment and identity theft

  • Performs forensic examinations of computer equipment


Cyber crimes what s new
Cyber Crimes – What’s New?

Almost 80 arrests of Online Predators

  • Professor Raymond Landry of UTPA plead guilty for luring what he believed to be a 13 year old girl to McAllen.

  • Indictments obtained against 4 men from Brenham, Kyle, College Station, and Fredericksburg

    40 arrests for Child Pornography

  • Lubbock man was given 10 year prison term for possessing over 13,000 images and videos of child pornography.

    Cyber Safety Town Hall


Money laundering
Money Laundering

  • Performs criminal investigations involving money laundering

  • Provides investigative assistance to local JTTF and HIDTA groups


Special investigations unit
Special Investigations Unit

  • Performs Election Fraud investigations upon referral from the Secretary of State’s Office.

  • Performs criminal investigations involving fraud, identity theft, public corruption.

  • Fraudulent Financing Statements – Sovereign Citizens.


Fugitive
Fugitive

  • Apprehends paroled child sexual predators that are fugitives from justice

  • Apprehends Sexual Offenders who fail to register

  • Assists local jurisdictions with long-term investigations

  • Performs internal investigations for the OAG


Fugitive unit proposed expansion
Fugitive Unit – Proposed Expansion

Texas Criminal Justice Advisory Council recommended $9.2 million dollar expansion of Fugitive Unit. Would create six regional offices throughout the state for increased proactive sex offender apprehension.


Operation falcon
Operation FALCON

  • On the last day of the Operation, the Fugitive Unit and U.S. Marshals tracked down Marion Pittman, 58, after he stalked the same San Antonio woman whom he sexually assaulted when she was a child a decade earlier.

  • The victim was 12 years old at the time of the assault.


Fugitive what s new
Fugitive – What’s New?

OPERATION FALCON II

  • Nationwide Cooperative effort led by federal law enforcement resulting in over 9,000 arrests nationwide.

  • Fugitive Unit arrested almost 40 fugitive felons bringing the three year total to over 430.


Identity theft passport program
Identity Theft Passport Program

  • Program Administrator Rod Napier


The identity theft passport program

The Identity Theft Passport Program

Rod Napier

Identity Theft Passport Program

Office: 512.936.2881

[email protected]




  • The Passport Program is a Victims’ Service. enforcement of their status as a victim of identity theft.

  • Launched as a pilot program in six counties.

  • Initial grant originated with the Federal Department of Justice

  • Designed to work with local law enforcement.


  • Identity Theft Statistics: enforcement of their status as a victim of identity theft.

    • Texas was second, behind California, in total number of reported identity thefts in 2005 with a total of 26,624.

    • The top five cities in Texas are, in order:

      • Houston (3,735)

      • Dallas (1,908)

      • San Antonio (1,760)

      • Fort Worth (1,105)

      • Austin (858)



  • New Texas laws concerning identity theft: the major metropolitan areas.

    • SB 122 (effective September 1, 2005)

      • Establishes the Identity Theft Enforcement and Protection Act.

      • Requires all peace officers to take reports of identity theft and furnish victim with a copy of that report.

      • Enables victim to petition District Court for official status as an identity theft victim.

      • Enables identity theft victims to initiate a “Security Freeze” on their credit reports.


  • How the Program works: the major metropolitan areas.

    • Victim reports crime to local law enforcement.

    • Local law enforcement investigates claim to a threshold of probable cause.

    • Local law enforcement enrolls victim in Passport program via the Internet. (A secure connection to a highly encrypted database is provided to local law enforcement)



  • Passport is mailed directly to the victim. victim supplied passphrase, and a digitally captured photograph, thumb print and signature)

  • Victim calls the Identity Theft Passport Hotline to activate the card.

  • Upon activation, the victim is mailed a one page document that can be faxed to creditors as another form of proof of their status as a victim of identity theft.


Questions? victim supplied passphrase, and a digitally captured photograph, thumb print and signature)

Rod Napier

[email protected]

(512) 936-2881


INTERPOL - The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) serves as the conduit for all state of Texas or local requests for assistance and exchanges of information with the INTERPOL - U.S. National Central Bureau (USNCB).


Criminal investigations division
Criminal Investigations Division as the conduit for all state of Texas or local requests for assistance and exchanges of information with the INTERPOL - U.S. National Central Bureau (USNCB).

  • FinCEN (Financial Crimes Enforcement Network)

  • Analysts

    • FUGINET

    • DPS Secure Sex Offender website

    • Accurint

    • TWC

    • Lexis

    • City of Austin Utilities

    • FinCEN

    • Comptroller

    • Secretary of State

    • Online Texas DL photos


Medicaid fraud control
Medicaid Fraud Control as the conduit for all state of Texas or local requests for assistance and exchanges of information with the INTERPOL - U.S. National Central Bureau (USNCB).

  • Investigates fraud in the Medicaid program and abuse of Medicaid patients


Medicaid fraud control what s new
Medicaid Fraud Control – What’s New as the conduit for all state of Texas or local requests for assistance and exchanges of information with the INTERPOL - U.S. National Central Bureau (USNCB).

Five in Houston indicted in three cases

  • Sherril Hodnet and Rosarion Jimenez for stealing trust funds belonging to Medicaid residents

  • Connie Persley and Stephanie Diouf operated a health service company and billed for services not provided to disabled children.

  • Gabriela Aguilar arrested for stealing trust funds at Brookshire Nursing Center in Hempstead


Criminal justice division
Criminal Justice Division as the conduit for all state of Texas or local requests for assistance and exchanges of information with the INTERPOL - U.S. National Central Bureau (USNCB).

  • Post Conviction Litigation

  • Crime Victim Services

  • Criminal Law Enforcement


Post conviction litigation
Post Conviction Litigation as the conduit for all state of Texas or local requests for assistance and exchanges of information with the INTERPOL - U.S. National Central Bureau (USNCB).

  • Defends Texas felony convictions against federal constitutional challenge

  • Defends federal appeals of Texas capital felony convictions


Crime victim services
Crime Victim Services as the conduit for all state of Texas or local requests for assistance and exchanges of information with the INTERPOL - U.S. National Central Bureau (USNCB).

  • Manages Texas Crime Victims’ Compensation Fund

  • Sexual Assault Examination reimbursement program

  • Administers Victim Assistance Grants


Criminal law enforcement
Criminal Law Enforcement as the conduit for all state of Texas or local requests for assistance and exchanges of information with the INTERPOL - U.S. National Central Bureau (USNCB).

  • Assistance to District and County Attorneys

  • Nuisance Abatement

  • Juvenile Crime Intervention


Criminal law enforcement what s new
Criminal Law Enforcement – What’s New as the conduit for all state of Texas or local requests for assistance and exchanges of information with the INTERPOL - U.S. National Central Bureau (USNCB).

Fourth ERCOT Guilty Plea Obtained– Several executives with ERCOT were charged with setting up phony moneys and funneling money for work that was never done.


Nuisance abatement
Nuisance Abatement as the conduit for all state of Texas or local requests for assistance and exchanges of information with the INTERPOL - U.S. National Central Bureau (USNCB).

  • Civil suit filed against property owner

  • Designed to curtail pattern of repeated criminal activity


Nuisance abatement1
Nuisance Abatement as the conduit for all state of Texas or local requests for assistance and exchanges of information with the INTERPOL - U.S. National Central Bureau (USNCB).

  • Examples of Nuisance Crimes:

    • Narcotics

    • Gambling

    • Prostitution

    • Gang Activity


Nuisance abatement2
Nuisance Abatement as the conduit for all state of Texas or local requests for assistance and exchanges of information with the INTERPOL - U.S. National Central Bureau (USNCB).

  • Property owner may be ordered to post $10,000 bond

  • If bond conditions are violated, bond may be forfeited and property closed for 1 year


Juvenile crime intervention
Juvenile Crime Intervention as the conduit for all state of Texas or local requests for assistance and exchanges of information with the INTERPOL - U.S. National Central Bureau (USNCB).

  • Provides training on a variety of Juvenile Justice topics

  • Administers the Gang Resource System


Gang resource system
Gang Resource System as the conduit for all state of Texas or local requests for assistance and exchanges of information with the INTERPOL - U.S. National Central Bureau (USNCB).


Other services

Other Services as the conduit for all state of Texas or local requests for assistance and exchanges of information with the INTERPOL - U.S. National Central Bureau (USNCB).


Publications
Publications as the conduit for all state of Texas or local requests for assistance and exchanges of information with the INTERPOL - U.S. National Central Bureau (USNCB).

  • Juvenile Justice Handbook

  • Property Closure Manual

  • School Crime and Discipline Handbook

  • Public Information Act Handbook

  • Texas Evidence Collection Protocol

  • Disaster Preparedness Manual

  • ID Theft Victim’s Kit

  • Many More!!!


Articles information sheets
Articles/ Information Sheets as the conduit for all state of Texas or local requests for assistance and exchanges of information with the INTERPOL - U.S. National Central Bureau (USNCB).

  • Law Enforcement Monthly Columns

  • Senior Alerts

  • Consumer Alerts

  • Brochures


Opinions
Opinions as the conduit for all state of Texas or local requests for assistance and exchanges of information with the INTERPOL - U.S. National Central Bureau (USNCB).

  • Written interpretation of existing law.

  • Requires an authorized requestor

    • Committee of a house of the Texas Legislature

    • District or County Attorney (requires brief)

    • See website for complete list

      Can be searched on the OAG website


Conferences and training
Conferences and Training as the conduit for all state of Texas or local requests for assistance and exchanges of information with the INTERPOL - U.S. National Central Bureau (USNCB).

  • Crime Victim Services Annual Conference

  • Open Government Annual Conference

  • Texas Gang Investigator’s Association Annual Conference

  • Regional Gang Training

  • Other Training


Website www oag state tx us
WEBSITE as the conduit for all state of Texas or local requests for assistance and exchanges of information with the INTERPOL - U.S. National Central Bureau (USNCB). www.oag.state.tx.us


Questions

Questions? as the conduit for all state of Texas or local requests for assistance and exchanges of information with the INTERPOL - U.S. National Central Bureau (USNCB).


A as the conduit for all state of Texas or local requests for assistance and exchanges of information with the INTERPOL - U.S. National Central Bureau (USNCB). DAM MUERY

Counsel for the

Office of Special Investigations

512-936-0564

[email protected]


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