This course is intended for students who are interested in investigating allegations of fraud in criminal, quasi-criminal or civil arenas. Investigative techniques covered are applicable in all three arenas. Students will conduct an investigation, from beginning to end, on a case of their choosing and document their findings in a court brief. The court brief serves as the final exam. This course includes the following topics: assessing complaints, Investigation Plans, drafting financial crime allegations, witness statements, document evidence, Search Warrants / Anton Piller Orders, undercover operations, money laundering, electronic surveillance techniques and court briefs.
- Admission to a Forensic credential program or permission of the Program Coordinator.
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Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Describe why fraud is unique, when compared with other crimes.
- Given a specific fact situation, apply the tests outlined by the Supreme Court of Canada to assess if a criminal fraud has been committed.
- Draft a financial crime charge that contains sufficient detail to meet a criminal charge approval standard.
- Design a detailed Investigation Plan for a financial crime or civil investigation.
- Draft an Information To Obtain A Search Warrant for a financial crime or affidavit for an Anton Piller order, with detailed sourcing of evidence.
- Assess documentary evidence and statements from witnesses to determine if all of the elements to be proven in a financial crime case or civil allegation are present.
- Identify and understand the role of partners who can provide evidence necessary to prove various financial crime charges such as credit card fraud.
- Conduct disclosure according to the requirements set out by the Supreme Court of Canada in R. v. Stinchcombe.
- Document for a court brief, in chronological step-by-step fashion, the evidence uncovered in a financial crime investigation, coordinating the anticipated evidence of witnesses and relevant exhibits.
- Illustrate a situation in which the use of an undercover operator might be appropriate in a financial investigation.
Effective as of Winter 2011
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