Prosecutor’s Officer Holds Financial Crimes Investigation Course for Law Enforcement

Acting Chief of Investigations Chris Kimker, Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, Sgt. Joseph Soulias, Assistant Prosecutor Vincent Leo and Lt. Steven Brylinski

MORRIS COUNTY — The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Financial Crimes Unit conducted a full-day training program for 50 law enforcement officers from agencies throughout New Jersey. Held at the Morris County Public Safety Training Academy, the program provided an intensive eight-hour course of instruction for investigation of financial crimes, on November 6.

Assistant Prosecutor Vincent Leo III provided an overview of the statutory framework under which financial crimes may be charged and prosecuted. He was followed by Sgt. Joseph Soulias, Lt. Steven Brylinski, Det. Thomas Gallagher and Deputy Bureau Chief Amy Kopleton of the New Jersey Securities Commission who provided instruction on various investigative methods for investigation of financial crimes.

This one-day course covered current trends in White Collar Crime, financial cyber crime, financial records analysis, securities fraud, document fraud, “Check Scams,” “IRS Scams,” and legal issues arising in financial crimes investigations.  This program was initiated by the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office approximately five years ago for law enforcement officers throughout New Jersey.

Prosecutor Fredric Knapp and Acting Chief of Investigations Chris Kimker provided opening remarks to the attendees who came to the training from Morris County police departments and many other agencies throughout the state.  Prosecutor Knapp also emphasized that the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office maintains a Financial Crimes Task Force under which officers from other agencies work with the MCPO Financial Crime Unit on a regular basis.