Follow the Money, Seize the Money and Secure the Money: Methods of Locating and Seizing Hidden Assets


This course will introduce and provide guidance for law enforcement officers to conduct a parallel financial investigation during a narcotics or criminal enterprise investigation. The officer will be introduced to the methods utilized by narcotics organizations and organized crime organizations to obtain, hide, transact, and spend their illegal proceeds. We will discuss the methods and evidence required to file money laundering charges and present them as a key element of your criminal investigation. The officer will also learn through hands-on practical exercises how to locate assets utilizing subpoenaed documents and records obtained through public records. This course will provide you with the tools to locate hidden assets, seize the assets and secure the assets for both criminal and civil investigations.

Learning styles and teaching techniques
  • Detailed preliminary discussion will center on the methods utilized to move currency and basic investigative measures to assist in identifying the flow of illegal money and assets.
  • Specific focus will be on the investigative measures for both narcotics and financial crimes cases detailing how to build a financial profile of your target(s) along with identifying assets of the individuals and organization. We will focus on forfeiture of assets/seizures of properties and bank accounts; various investigative databases designed to identify fraudulent activity, proactive and reactive investigative measures and the steps used to strengthen court testimony.
  • Officers will be presented with multiple financial crimes and money laundering case studies that will allow them to analyze the cases and determine the charges to file along with the investigative methods to obtain probable cause.