The Specialized Crime Division (SCD) was formed in 1974 to investigate and prosecute financial crimes. Financial crimes involve many different schemes and affect many different types of victims. Examples of financial cases prosecuted by SCD include corporate embezzlement, securities fraud, swindles and scams, forgery, tampering with government records and benefits fraud. The division also specializes in handling benefits fraud at Parkland Hospital, elder abuse and exploitation, mortgage fraud, insurance fraud, and copyright violations. The division also houses the environmental prosecutor for Dallas County.
Investigations are normally referred to SCD from local, state and federal agencies. Examples of such include, but are not limited to, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, United States Postal Inspector’s Office, United States Attorney’s Office, United States Department of the Treasury-Secret Service, United States Department of Health and Human Services, Texas Office of Inspector General, Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Attorney General’s Office, Texas Workforce Commission, Texas State Securities Board and numerous district attorney’s offices, county sheriff’s departments and police departments throughout Texas.
SCD is currently staffed with ten attorneys and five investigators.