The Financial Crimes unit is under the command of Lieutenant Joey McGill. It is staffed by Sergeant Mike Scott as well as Detectives D Wright, B. McClain, F. Kiley, and J. Gregory. All investigators work 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The Financial Crimes Unit is responsible for investigating crimes in which a financial instrument is used by the criminal element for monetary gain. The Financial Crimes Unit investigates credit/debit card abuse offenses, fraudulent use or possession of personal identifying information (identity theft), counterfeit or forged checks, false statement to obtain credit, and counterfeit U.S. Currency cases (in conjunction with the U.S. Secret Service).
Investigations of forgery and fraud cases are detailed in nature and require specialized investigative techniques. These cases take an extraordinary amount of time to complete. The investigation will involve following a paper trail to build the case for prosecution. If the case does not meet the minimum criteria, it will be suspended and/or closed.
The first step in any financial crime-related case is to file a police report and provide any pertinent evidence. To start this process, you can come to the station in person at 1201 Davis St. or call 713-477-1221 so that an officer can assist you.
Our unit investigates financial crimes (forgery, credit card abuse, and identity theft) which occurred in the City of Pasadena. In order for any possible investigation into these listed offenses, the offense must have occurred within the past 7 years.
Most financial crimes reports are completed in person at our police department since the complainant (victim) is required to provide supporting documentation which shows a crime has occurred. The officer taking your report will require the appropriate documentation to be provided at the time the report is being made. After the report is made, your case will be reviewed by the division’s supervisor to determine if there is sufficient information available to proceed with an investigation. The investigator assigned to your case will contact you via phone call (or email) if further information is required. Your cooperation is appreciated.
Certain reports require specific information, and it must be provided at the time the initial report is made:
If providing these documents via email, submit all documents in PDF or other legible formats. Make sure all unauthorized transactions are highlighted or circled.
NOTE: Both consumers and businesses must provide the dates, times, and locations where the unauthorized transactions were made (this can be obtained from your financial institution). Most of the time, the bank or credit card statements show the date the transaction was posted (this could be 2-3 days after the transaction was physically completed). The transaction dates are necessary for the case investigation in order to possibly obtain surveillance video from an in-person transaction.
We will investigate any identity theft offenses which occur in the City of Pasadena. We will also report identity theft offenses for Pasadena residents when the offense occurred outside the Pasadena area, or the offense location cannot be determined. For offenses that occurred outside the City of Pasadena, we will not be able to conduct a criminal investigation but will forward information to the appropriate outside agency as needed.
The Pasadena Police Department does not investigate Identity Theft or Theft of an IRS return as it relates to Federal income tax issues. To report a fraudulent income tax filing or make a complaint against a tax preparer, please contact the Internal Revenue Service directly at (800) 908-4490 or irs.gov/individuals/identity-protection. To report an IRS impersonation scam, please contact the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at treasury.gov/tigta.