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Fact Sheet - Financial Investigative Services Division

May, 2018
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Fast Facts

  1. The ATF Financial Investigative Services Division provides comprehensive financial investigative services in all program areas of arson, explosives, alcohol, tobacco and firearms, including large complex investigations involving money laundering and asset identification and forfeiture.

  2. FISD comprises three regions and 33 offices in the U.S., providing forensic financial investigations support to ATF agents and other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.

  3. ATF FISD opened 238 cases and closed 221 cases in fiscal year 2017.  At the end of fiscal year 2017, FISD had 390 open cases.

The mission of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) Financial Investigative Services Division’s (FISD) forensic audit professionals is 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.

A chart illustrating the Financial Investigative Services Division cases

​​A chart illustrating the Financial Investigative Services Division cases
FISD supports all ATF programs, including the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF), High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA), Firearms Trafficking and other multi-agency task forces. FISD supports criminal 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 suspect's financial condition and net worth.  In firearms and drug cases, FISD personnel “follow the money”.  Agents in the field rely on the thorough and technically accurate financial information provided by FISD, and FISD forensic auditors testify about the results of their investigations in court as either a summary or an expert witness. The results of FISD financial investigations provide the financial analysis that a jury may rely on to establish motive in an investigation. Additionally, FISD identifies and establishes other ancillary crimes such as bank, wire, or mail fraud, money laundering, and embezzlement.  FISD plays an integral role in identifying assets while conducting its financial investigation to assist in the asset forfeiture process. 


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