The Financial Crimes Unit and Public Corruption Unit consists of four assistant prosecutors, one of which serves as the Unit Director, detectives, financial analysts and support personnel. The Unit investigates and prosecutes criminal conduct within Monmouth County committed by public officials at the municipal, county and state levels of government as well as financial crimes involving amounts in excess of $75,00.00  The unit also provides technical and legal assistance to other units within the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and to municipalities within the county with respect to obtaining financial records via subpoena and reviewing and analyzing financial records.

With respect to public corruption cases, the Unit is committed to enforcement integrity at all levels of public office and to ensuring that public officials execute their duties in an ethical manner and are accountable for their actions.  Public corruption crimes investigated and prosecuted by the Unit involve the violation of the public trust, including official misconduct, misuse of public funds, bribery, and election fraud.

Public corruption investigations often begin with concerned citizens supplying important tips, leads and background information to investigators.  Anyone with information concerning crimes involving a public official should contact (732) 431-7160, extension 7524.  If you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Monmouth County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-671-4400 or text “MONMOUTH’ plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES).

Financial crimes investigations and prosecutions involve frauds pertaining to insurance, mortgages, investments, securities, healthcare, construction, and charities, as well as, frauds committed by attorneys, employee thefts, Ponzi schemes and various phone, email and mail scams involving lottery winnings, inheritance payments, and purported debts owed to the Internal Revenue Service.  The financial crimes investigated include various forms of theft, identity theft, misapplication of entrusted property, forgery, fraudulently obtaining or using credit cards, and financial facilitation of criminal activity.  The Unit also operates the Superstorm Sandy Task Force, which in conjunction with various state and federal agencies, assists victims of contractor fraud perpetrated post-Superstorm Sandy.

If you believe you have been the victim of a financial crime, please contact (732) 431-7160, ext. 7524.  If an initial investigation reveals that a particular matter does not warrant a criminal prosecution, referral may be made to other State and county agencies which provide guidelines and assistance to citizen complainants