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Fact Sheet - ATF Financial Investigative Services Division

March, 2016
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Fast Facts

  1. ATF provides comprehensive financial investigative services in all program areas of arson, explosives, alcohol, tobacco and firearms, which also include large complex investigations involving money laundering and asset identification and forfeiture.

  2. ATF comprises three regions and many offices in the United States providing forensic financial investigations support to ATF agents and other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies in the investigation of violent crimes and other potential threats to public safety.

  3. In fiscal year 2015, ATF’s FISD opened 176 and closed 153 investigative cases.

The ATF Financial Investigative Services Division (FISD) provides comprehensive financial investigative services to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), in all program areas of arson, explosives, alcohol, tobacco and firearms, which also include large complex investigations involving money laundering and asset identification and forfeiture. FISD supports all ATF programs, including Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF), High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA), Violent Crime Impact Team (VCIT), Project Safe Neighborhood and other multi-agency task forces.

Image of a calculator and pencilATF FISD comprises three regions and many offices in the United States providing support to ATF agents and other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies in the investigation of violent crimes and other potential threats to public safety. The FISD supports these investigations through forensic financial investigations. FISD personnel are experts in the field of forensic accounting. Almost every investigation involves a reconstruction of the entity or suspects’ financial condition, typically with no physical financial support documents. As such, FISD employees’ have forensic audit experience unique in the area of forensic accounting. Agents in the field rely on the thorough and technically accurate information provided by the FISD, and FISD employees routinely testify about the results of their investigations in court. The results of FISD’s financial investigations provide the financial condition that a jury may rely on to establish motive in an investigation. Additionally, FISD identifies and establishes other ancillary crimes that are charged such as bank fraud, wire fraud, mail fraud, money laundering, theft, embezzlement and forfeiture. FISD plays an integral role in identifying assets while conducting its financial investigation.

FISD’s mission is to continually build and maintain a team of forensic audit professionals to expertly apply the latest technical and scientific audit methods to financial investigations and a broad range of programs, in order to help ATF reduce violent crime, protect the public, and enforce federal laws, asset seizure and forfeitures.

In fiscal year 2015, ATF’s FISD opened 176 and closed 153 investigative cases. At fiscal year end, it had the following open cases:

  • 151 firearms related cases
  • 136 arson cases
  • 7 explosive related cases
  • 55 diversion related cases
  • 14 OCDETF cases
  • 10 other program related cases.

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