Fraud Investigator II
Performs technical work in the prevention, detection, investigation, and prosecution of fraud in diverse human services public assistance programs. Prepares and submits cases to law enforcement and civil authorities for criminal and civil actions.
The following statements are illustrative of the duties and responsibilities of the job. The organization retains the right to modify or change the duties and responsibilities of the job at any time.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:
- Receives general supervision from a professional level supervisor or program manager.
- Exercises indirect supervision over other assigned paraprofessional and administrative staff.
- Conduct research and review of case files, evidence, and applicable rules and regulations to determine support of allegations and charges of public assistance fraud or abuse.
- Conduct interviews to obtain information, evidence, written statements, and collateral contacts to support fraud or abuse allegations and to verify past and current eligibility for public assistance and Human Services programs.
- Organize and prioritize evidence and prepare documents and reports including the computation of benefits overpaid to a recipient.
- Make recommendations regarding criminal or civil matters based on evidence and interviews.
- Testify in court or at hearings regarding the evidence that was found through research.
- Gather and preserve evidence in accordance with governing practices and techniques.
- Complete and maintain records, logs, and reports including the effective management of an ongoing caseload which includes organizing, prioritizing, and effective disposition of those cases.
- Prepare affidavits for arrest warrants; issue subpoenas and administrative documents.
- Conduct surveillance in conjunction with law enforcement.
- Manage all aspects of assigned investigations; determine the scope, timing, and direction of the investigation; present findings in clear, logical, impartial, and properly documented reports.
- Prepare cases for court and other legal proceedings; assist the District Attorney during trial preparation and trials.
- Determine various objections that could be raised by the defendant's counsel and prepare counter arguments that may be used.
- Act as a liaison with public and private agencies to obtain facts and/or information that may be used as evidence in the case.
- Respond to technical questions regarding investigations and related issues.
- Review and make investigative determinations on cases.
- Participate in multi-jurisdictional task forces.
- Assist law enforcement agencies with arresting recipients charged with fraud.
- Attend seminars, conferences, workshops, classes, lectures, etc., as appropriate, to enhance and maintain knowledge of trends and developments in field; review professional journals, attend association and professional meetings; and otherwise maintain contacts with professionals to facilitate exchange of information.
- Assist in the negotiation of criminal or civil pleas including arrangements for repayment of any money owed to the agency.
- Perform other duties as appropriate or necessary for performance of the job.
- Methods and techniques of research, data collection, and criminal and civil investigations.
- Scope and application of federal, state, and County laws and regulations pertaining to public assistance fraud and recovery.
- Court decisions affecting current cases.
- Make decisions that may have a negative effect on the individuals involved in case.
- Organize material and present information clearly and concisely in verbal and written form.
- Act as an official representative of the County in a professional manner with local, state, and national agencies and organizations.
- Apply laws, rules, regulations, and procedures.
- Communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing.
- Review records from a variety of sources to determine facts on individual cases.
- Accomplish the assigned workload in a timely manner and meet established performance standards and objectives.
- Scope and application of laws and regulations pertaining to human services fraud investigation and recovery programs.
- Principles, practices, and objectives as related to investigative methods and techniques, rules of evidence, and civil and criminal procedures of the legal system in a fraud investigation and recovery program.
- Develop innovative methods to resolve a variety of complex situations and to obtain information in the course of investigations.
- Perform duties independently without close supervision.
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other County employees, representatives of other agencies and organizations, and members of the community.
- Two years of experience in a legal environment, a directly related field, or in the performance of similar duties and responsibilities including the one equivalent to that of a Human Services Fraud Investigator I in Larimer County.
- Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in Criminal Justice, Police Science, or a related field.
- Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid Colorado Driver's License.