INVESTIGATE ECONOMIC CRIMES
In this lesson you will learn to specify the elements of proof of economic crimes, understand how to
investigate them, and coordinate with government attorneys.
TERMINAL LEARNING OBJECTIVE:
Investigate, specify elements of proof and coordinate with government attorneys on
You will have this subcourse, paper, and pencil.
To demonstrate competency on this task, you must achieve a minimum of 70 percent
on the final subcourse examination.
Economic crime comes in many forms. It may be a large corporation which overbills the
government on a contract and it may be a contractor who bribes a contracting officer; these are
examples we normally think of when economic crime is mentioned. But economic crime also includes
the soldier who receives outside compensation for doing his official duties, as well as the soldier who
puts in phony claims after a permanent change of station move. Whether the amount is a few dollars or
thousands of dollars, there is an economic crime in all of these instances.
Economic crime is often thought to be victimless because no one is stabbed or shot. But this is a
very narrow view of economic crime. There are victims. When defective materials are used to make
the steering gear on a vehicle, accidents and injuries are the result. When fraud results in the purchase
of defective aircraft or firehouses aboard ships at sea, the outcome may be disastrous. It certainly is