The Specialized Crime Division (“SCD”) was formed in 1974 under a federal grant to investigate and prosecute financial crimes.
Funding was gradually transferred to Dallas County and today is entirely funded by Dallas County. The types of cases prosecuted by SCD include corporate embezzlement, bank fraud, mortgage fraud, securities fraud, financial abuse of elderly victims, Medicaid fraud, environmental crimes and all forms of offenses normally classified as “white collar” crimes. Investigations are normally referred to SCD from local, state and federal agencies.
Examples of such agencies 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, Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division, Texas Department of Public Safety – Texas Rangers, Texas Attorney General’s Office, Texas Workforce Commission, Texas Department of Insurance Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, United State Securities and Exchange 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 eleven attorneys, five investigators and one financial analyst.