The Financial Crimes Investigation Unit (FIU) is one of four Units under the Casino Gaming Bureau within the Division of State Police who enforces the Title 2C Code of Criminal Justice of New Jersey as well as provisions of the Casino Control Act
The Unit has various responsibilities, including but not limited to investigating cases involving, Credit Card Fraud, Embezzlement, Money Laundering, Racketeering, Identity Theft, Fraudulent and Bad Checks and any crimes inherent to the thirteen Atlantic City Casinos within the gaming industry.
FIU unit members work in conjunction with the New Jersey Deputy Attorney Generals assigned to the Division of Criminal Justice and investigators from the Division of Gaming Enforcement.
The Financial Crimes Investigation Unit initiates investigations pro-actively from a variety of techniques: contacts and sources who have a connection to the casinos and the financial industry, reviews of the Atlantic City Casino Suspicious Activity Reports, Currency Transaction Reports, participation in the Joint Terrorism Task Force Work Group, contact with the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement Investigators, attorneys and agents, as well as participation with the Atlantic City Money Laundering Task Force, which includes members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Internal Revenue Service, United States Secret Service and U.S. Immigration and U.S. Customs Enforcement, are just some of the ways investigations are initiated with the Financial Crimes Investigation Unit.
Eighty Percent of the cases opened and investigated involved dollars amounts in excess of $75,000.00, with some cases involving a dollar amounts of one million dollars or more.
One case recently investigated was a money laundering investigation with an amount in excess of 60 million dollars.
The total amount of money involved in recent FIU cases is $85,000,000.00 dollars and the total amount seized has been in excess of $350,000.00 dollars.
Due to the high dollar amounts involved in each case many individuals have been indicted for first or second degree crimes and upon conviction receive sentences in the range of five to ten years or more.