Financial Crimes

The Financial Crimes primarily investigated are crimes that are financial or fraud-related and in violation of Washington Revised Statutes that are committed in the City of Fife. The Detective Division investigates these cases only after a report of the crime has been filed with the Patrol Division at the Fife Police Department.


The Detective Division has the primary responsibility of investigating:

  • Bad checks
  • Cases of obtaining property or money under false pretenses
  • Check and credit card fraud
  • Counterfeiting of documents
  • Embezzlements
  • False impersonation
  • Identity theft
  • Including U.S. currency (in conjunction with the U.S. Secret Service)

Investigation Process

The investigation of financial crime cases is detailed in nature, require specialized investigative techniques and often may take an extraordinary amount of time to complete. The suspect in every case has to be positively identified, and the case must meet a minimum criterion to be assigned to a Detective. The investigation will involve following the available trail of evidence to build a case for prosecution. If the case does not meet the minimum criteria it will be suspended and the evidence maintained by the Division.

Additional Information

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