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FINANCIAL INVESTIGATOR-CONSUMER PROTECT - 41000384

Date: Nov 20, 2020

Location: FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, US, 33301

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Requisition No: 269922 

Agency: Office of the Attorney General

Working Title: FINANCIAL INVESTIGATOR-CONSUMER PROTECT - 41000384

Position Number: 41000384 

Salary:  $39,000 - $49,000 

Posting Closing Date: 11/30/2020 

**This is a Full-Time Position**

VETERAN’S PREFERENCE

**This is a Full-Time Position**

VETERAN’S PREFERENCE

Persons applying claiming veteran’s preference eligibility for this position must complete (in its entirety) in People First and attach to their application in People First the following: 1.) Veteran’s Preference Certification form 2.) Supporting Documentation for Category you are claiming. FAILURE TO COMPLETE AND ATTACH THE NECESSARY FORM AND SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION BY THE CLOSE OF THE VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT WILL RESULT IN VETERAN’S PREFERENCE NOT BEING APPLIED. You will need to: 1) print these forms, 2) manually complete the forms, 3) scan the completed forms, 4) save the completed forms, then 5) attach the completed forms to your profile in People First.

If you are having trouble attaching your completed forms to your profile application please contact the People First Service Center at (877) 562-7287 Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Eastern time.

INTRODUCTORY STATEMENT: The Office of the Attorney General, Department of Legal Affairs (OAG) is a pre-eminent, constitutional office, which serves as the chief lawyer to all state agencies and provides legal protections for Floridians against fraud and through the enforcement of the state’s laws. The OAG, is a cabinet agency in the executive branch of Florida state government.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: To be considered for the position all applicants must:

Submit a complete and accurate application profile necessary for qualifying, such as dates of service, reason for leaving, etc. In addition, all applicants must ensure all employment and/or detailed information about work experience is listed on your application (including military service, self-employment, job-related volunteer work, internships, etc.) and that gaps in employment are explained. Applicants who do not provide all information necessary to qualify, will not be considered for this position.

Verify that applicant responses to qualifying questions are verifiable by skills and/or experience stated on the employment application and/or resume. Applicants who do not respond to the qualifying questions will not be considered for this position.

The elements of the selection process may include a skill assessment exercise.

Current and future vacancies may be filled from this advertisement for a period of up to six months. Following the six-month period, a new application must be submitted to an open advertisement to be considered for that vacancy.

OAG employees are paid biweekly. All state employees are required to participate in the direct deposit program pursuant to s. 110.113 Florida Statutes.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and five years of investigative or law enforcement experience conducting criminal, civil, or administrative investigations or examinations, which must include a minimum of two years of experience with financial investigations, financial examinations or analysis or other related financial investigative experience, or complex organized crime or RICO investigative experience. A master’s degree in a related field from an accredited college or university may substitute for one year of the required experience. Experience in fraud, RICO, or white-collar investigations; financial investigations, examinations or analysis; or law enforcement may substitute on a year-for-year basis for the required education.

Preference will be given to candidates who possess the Certified Fraud Examiner designation.

JOB SUMMARY: The duties and responsibilities of this position stem from enforcement of Chapters 501, 542, 812, 817, 895, and 932 of the Florida Statutes, and related laws and administrative rules of the state, and other federal statutes, rules, and laws. This position involves independent work coordinating and carrying out the investigative functions of the Consumer Protection Division for the Office of the Attorney General. This is a highly responsible position necessitating the ability to perform the major portion of the duties assigned with a minimum amount of supervision.

The South Florida Bureau of the Consumer Protection Division is seeking a Financial Investigator with a proven track record related to investigating complex financial crimes and fraud. This position involves the investigation of violations of Florida Statute Chapter 501, Part II, also known as Florida’s Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act, as well as Florida Statute 895, and includes civil enforcement powers of the Office of the Attorney General under those statutes. The South Florida Bureau covers the Counties of Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Glades, Hendry, Lee, Collier and Monroe. The South Florida Bureau consists of three offices located in Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach. This current posting is for a position in the Ft. Lauderdale office. Applicants may also be considered for other office locations within the South Florida Bureau, should other vacancies arise.

This position may require working extended hours and on weekends and some travel.

EXAMPLES OF WORK PERFORMED:

This position will provide investigative support and assistance to the Bureau Chief and attorneys, including but not limited to the following duties:

Review and evaluate consumer complaints to determine if a violation of Florida law exists.
Conduct financial investigations in consumer protection cases, including, but not limited to antitrust, RICO, consumer, forfeiture, organized fraud, and theft cases.
Locate and identify concealed profits in trusts, domestic and foreign corporations, banking institutions, real and personal property and any other method or means of concealment.
Prepare documents, exhibits, schedules, reports and other pertinent information for use in cases litigated in courts of law. Prepare reports to attorneys and discuss cases with attorneys, review affidavits and help prepare for the examination of witnesses. Attend depositions, take sworn statements, administer oaths and interview witnesses. Aid in the development of computer generated charts and graphics. Input statistical data into computers and aid in design of specific computer programs.
Asset tracing of profits received from unlawful activities through all financial conduits.
Aid in the drafting of investigative subpoenas, pleadings, affidavits, and discovery requests. Draft inquiries for information to other law enforcement agencies, as well as responding to requests for information.
Assist attorneys with special assignments, which may require extended hours and/or travel outside the worksite.
Testify in court hearings, trials and depositions regarding investigations for which they conducted.
Assist in the presentation of testimony in litigation and courts of law pertaining to financial investigations regarding evidence obtained.
Assist and advise attorneys and law enforcement agents in the preparation of consumer protection cases.
Act in a liaison capacity with law enforcement officials at the local, state and federal level.
Review and evaluate consumer complaints to determine if a potential violation of Florida price gouging law exists. Conduct site visits and contact businesses to evaluate allegations of price gouging, assist with possible resolution of the complaint, serve preservation letters and/or investigative subpoenas, interview witnesses and gather evidence, including during a declared state of emergency. Obtain and analyze documents to determine whether a price is unconscionable. Assist in ensuring that price gouging complaints are timely investigated. This will require working extended hours, working on weekends and may require working on holidays during a declared State of Emergency. This may also involve travelling to other affected regions to assist with the price gouging investigations.
Perform other related work as required.

PREFERENCES:

Preference will be given to applicants with demonstrable skills and experience:

Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice, Finance, Accounting, or Business.
Earned the Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) certification through the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE).
Experience conducting investigations related to fraud, white collar crimes, economic crimes, or consumer protection
Use of Social Media, Open Source Intelligence (OSINT), and internet resources to identify individuals, links between organizations, determine size and composition of businesses, and identify assets for forfeiture.
Experience in conducting online and web-based investigations, web captures and performing controlled purchases online.
Ability to Analyze and Collect information from social-media, and through the use of Advanced Internet Search Techniques, Geolocation, DNS (Domain Name Search) and IP (Internet Protocol) Searches.
Experience preparing professional memoranda of findings that may include charts, graphs, spreadsheets, or other means of representing the discovered facts.
Use of Microsoft Excel in furtherance of investigations and/or to track and identify trends in financial and banking information
Experience reviewing financial documents such as bank statements, Profit and Loss Statements, wage reports, and other financial instruments to determine revenue, the misappropriation of funds, and/or to locate assets for seizure.
Experience collecting and documenting evidence such as documents, digital evidence, web captures, etc.
Interviewing complainants and witnesses
Testifying in court proceedings
Case management and the ability to develop multiple investigations at the same time
Strong time management and organizational skills, with the ability to prioritize assignments

The elements of the selection process may include a Microsoft Excel skill assessment exercise and an oral interview. Candidates must score 17.5 or better out of 35 on the Microsoft Excel skill assessment exercise to move forward in the selection process.

VETERAN RECRUITMENT STATEMENT: The OAG values the service provided by veterans and their families and supports the hiring of returning service members and military spouses. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference will receive preference in employment and are encouraged to apply, pursuant to chapter 295, Florida statutes. However, applicants claiming veterans' preference must attach supporting documentation with each application submission that includes character of service (for example, dd form214 member copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by rule 55a-7, Florida administrative code. All documentation is due by the closing date of the vacancy announcement. For information on the supporting documentation required, click here. If you have trouble attaching the documentation, contact our HR office at 850-414-3900.

PERSONS WITH DISABILITY/ADA STATEMENT: The OAG supports the employment of individuals with disabilities and encourages them to seek employment within our agency. If you need an accommodation because of a disability, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, in order to participate in the application process, please notify the people first service center at 877-562-7287. If you need accommodation during the selection process, please notify the hiring authority in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS/ DRUG FREE WORKPLACE: All OAG positions are "sensitive or special trust" and require favorable results on a background investigation including fingerprinting, pursuant to s. 110.1127(2)(a), F.S. The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free Workplace, all employees are subject to reasonable suspicion or other drug testing in accordance with section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act. We hire only U.S. citizens and those lawfully authorized to work in the U.S.

E-VERIFY STATEMENT: The Office of the Attorney General participates in the u.s. government’s employment eligibility verification program (e-verify). E-verify is a program that electronically confirms an employee’s eligibility to work in the United States after completion of the employment eligibility verification form (i-9).

REMINDERS: Male applicants born on or after October 1, 1962, will not be eligible for hire or promotion unless they are registered with the Selective Services System (SSS) before their 26th birthday, or have a Letter of Registration Exemption from SSS. For more information, please visit the SSS website at: https: //www.sss.gov. If you are a retiree of the Florida Retirement System (FRS), please check with the FRS on how your current benefits will be affected if you are re-employed with the State of Florida. Your current retirement benefits may be canceled, suspended or deemed ineligible depending upon the date of your retirement.

Persons applying claiming veteran’s preference eligibility for this position must complete (in its entirety) in People First and attach to their application in People First the following: 1.) Veteran’s Preference Certification form 2.) Supporting Documentation for Category you are claiming. FAILURE TO COMPLETE AND ATTACH THE NECESSARY FORM AND SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION BY THE CLOSE OF THE VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT WILL RESULT IN VETERAN’S PREFERENCE NOT BEING APPLIED. You will need to: 1) print these forms, 2) manually complete the forms, 3) scan the completed forms, 4) save the completed forms, then 5) attach the completed forms to your profile in People First.

If you are having trouble attaching your completed forms to your profile application please contact the People First Service Center at (877) 562-7287 Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Eastern time.

INTRODUCTORY STATEMENT: The Office of the Attorney General, Department of Legal Affairs (OAG) is a pre-eminent, constitutional office, which serves as the chief lawyer to all state agencies and provides legal protections for Floridians against fraud and through the enforcement of the state’s laws. The OAG, is a cabinet agency in the executive branch of Florida state government.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: To be considered for the position all applicants must:

Submit a complete and accurate application profile necessary for qualifying, such as dates of service, reason for leaving, etc. In addition, all applicants must ensure all employment and/or detailed information about work experience is listed on your application (including military service, self-employment, job-related volunteer work, internships, etc.) and that gaps in employment are explained. Applicants who do not provide all information necessary to qualify, will not be considered for this position.

Verify that applicant responses to qualifying questions are verifiable by skills and/or experience stated on the employment application and/or resume. Applicants who do not respond to the qualifying questions will not be considered for this position.

The elements of the selection process may include a skill assessment exercise.

Current and future vacancies may be filled from this advertisement for a period of up to six months. Following the six-month period, a new application must be submitted to an open advertisement to be considered for that vacancy.

OAG employees are paid biweekly. All state employees are required to participate in the direct deposit program pursuant to s. 110.113 Florida Statutes.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and five years of investigative or law enforcement experience conducting criminal, civil, or administrative investigations or examinations, which must include a minimum of two years of experience with financial investigations, financial examinations or analysis or other related financial investigative experience, or complex organized crime or RICO investigative experience. A master’s degree in a related field from an accredited college or university may substitute for one year of the required experience. Experience in fraud, RICO, or white-collar investigations; financial investigations, examinations or analysis; or law enforcement may substitute on a year-for-year basis for the required education.

Preference will be given to candidates who possess the Certified Fraud Examiner designation.

JOB SUMMARY: The duties and responsibilities of this position stem from enforcement of Chapters 501, 542, 812, 817, 895, and 932 of the Florida Statutes, and related laws and administrative rules of the state, and other federal statutes, rules, and laws. This position involves independent work coordinating and carrying out the investigative functions of the Consumer Protection Division for the Office of the Attorney General. This is a highly responsible position necessitating the ability to perform the major portion of the duties assigned with a minimum amount of supervision.

The South Florida Bureau of the Consumer Protection Division is seeking a Financial Investigator with a proven track record related to investigating complex financial crimes and fraud. This position involves the investigation of violations of Florida Statute Chapter 501, Part II, also known as Florida’s Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act, as well as Florida Statute 895, and includes civil enforcement powers of the Office of the Attorney General under those statutes. The South Florida Bureau covers the Counties of Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Glades, Hendry, Lee, Collier and Monroe. The South Florida Bureau consists of three offices located in Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach. This current posting is for a position in the Ft. Lauderdale office. Applicants may also be considered for other office locations within the South Florida Bureau, should other vacancies arise.

This position may require working extended hours and on weekends and some travel.

EXAMPLES OF WORK PERFORMED:

This position will provide investigative support and assistance to the Bureau Chief and attorneys, including but not limited to the following duties:

Review and evaluate consumer complaints to determine if a violation of Florida law exists.

Conduct financial investigations in consumer protection cases, including, but not limited to antitrust, RICO, consumer, forfeiture, organized fraud, and theft cases.

Locate and identify concealed profits in trusts, domestic and foreign corporations, banking institutions, real and personal property and any other method or means of concealment.

Prepare documents, exhibits, schedules, reports and other pertinent information for use in cases litigated in courts of law. Prepare reports to attorneys and discuss cases with attorneys, review affidavits and help prepare for the examination of witnesses. Attend depositions, take sworn statements, administer oaths and interview witnesses. Aid in the development of computer generated charts and graphics. Input statistical data into computers and aid in design of specific computer programs.

Asset tracing of profits received from unlawful activities through all financial conduits.

Aid in the drafting of investigative subpoenas, pleadings, affidavits, and discovery requests. Draft inquiries for information to other law enforcement agencies, as well as responding to requests for information.

Assist attorneys with special assignments, which may require extended hours and/or travel outside the worksite.

Testify in court hearings, trials and depositions regarding investigations for which they conducted.

Assist in the presentation of testimony in litigation and courts of law pertaining to financial investigations regarding evidence obtained.

Assist and advise attorneys and law enforcement agents in the preparation of consumer protection cases.

Act in a liaison capacity with law enforcement officials at the local, state and federal level.

Review and evaluate consumer complaints to determine if a potential violation of Florida price gouging law exists. Conduct site visits and contact businesses to evaluate allegations of price gouging, assist with possible resolution of the complaint, serve preservation letters and/or investigative subpoenas, interview witnesses and gather evidence, including during a declared state of emergency. Obtain and analyze documents to determine whether a price is unconscionable. Assist in ensuring that price gouging complaints are timely investigated. This will require working extended hours, working on weekends and may require working on holidays during a declared State of Emergency. This may also involve travelling to other affected regions to assist with the price gouging investigations.

Perform other related work as required.

PREFERENCES:

Preference will be given to applicants with demonstrable skills and experience:

Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice, Finance, Accounting, or Business.

Earned the Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) certification through the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE).

Experience conducting investigations related to fraud, white collar crimes, economic crimes, or consumer protection

Use of Social Media, Open Source Intelligence (OSINT), and internet resources to identify individuals, links between organizations, determine size and composition of businesses, and identify assets for forfeiture.

Experience in conducting online and web-based investigations, web captures and performing controlled purchases online.

Ability to Analyze and Collect information from social-media, and through the use of Advanced Internet Search Techniques, Geolocation, DNS (Domain Name Search) and IP (Internet Protocol) Searches.

Experience preparing professional memoranda of findings that may include charts, graphs, spreadsheets, or other means of representing the discovered facts.

Use of Microsoft Excel in furtherance of investigations and/or to track and identify trends in financial and banking information

Experience reviewing financial documents such as bank statements, Profit and Loss Statements, wage reports, and other financial instruments to determine revenue, the misappropriation of funds, and/or to locate assets for seizure.

Experience collecting and documenting evidence such as documents, digital evidence, web captures, etc.

Interviewing complainants and witnesses

Testifying in court proceedings

Case management and the ability to develop multiple investigations at the same time

Strong time management and organizational skills, with the ability to prioritize assignments

The elements of the selection process may include a Microsoft Excel skill assessment exercise and an oral interview. Candidates must score 17.5 or better out of 35 on the Microsoft Excel skill assessment exercise to move forward in the selection process.

VETERAN RECRUITMENT STATEMENT: The OAG values the service provided by veterans and their families and supports the hiring of returning service members and military spouses. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference will receive preference in employment and are encouraged to apply, pursuant to chapter 295, Florida statutes. However, applicants claiming veterans' preference must attach supporting documentation with each application submission that includes character of service (for example, dd form214 member copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by rule 55a-7, Florida administrative code. All documentation is due by the closing date of the vacancy announcement. For information on the supporting documentation required, click here. If you have trouble attaching the documentation, contact our HR office at 850-414-3900.

PERSONS WITH DISABILITY/ADA STATEMENT: The OAG supports the employment of individuals with disabilities and encourages them to seek employment within our agency. If you need an accommodation because of a disability, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, in order to participate in the application process, please notify the people first service center at 877-562-7287. If you need accommodation during the selection process, please notify the hiring authority in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS/ DRUG FREE WORKPLACE: All OAG positions are "sensitive or special trust" and require favorable results on a background investigation including fingerprinting, pursuant to s. 110.1127(2)(a), F.S. The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free Workplace, all employees are subject to reasonable suspicion or other drug testing in accordance with section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act. We hire only U.S. citizens and those lawfully authorized to work in the U.S.

E-VERIFY STATEMENT: The Office of the Attorney General participates in the u.s. government’s employment eligibility verification program (e-verify). E-verify is a program that electronically confirms an employee’s eligibility to work in the United States after completion of the employment eligibility verification form (i-9).

REMINDERS: Male applicants born on or after October 1, 1962, will not be eligible for hire or promotion unless they are registered with the Selective Services System (SSS) before their 26th birthday, or have a Letter of Registration Exemption from SSS. For more information, please visit the SSS website at: https: //www.sss.gov. If you are a retiree of the Florida Retirement System (FRS), please check with the FRS on how your current benefits will be affected if you are re-employed with the State of Florida. Your current retirement benefits may be canceled, suspended or deemed ineligible depending upon the date of your retirement.

The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

VETERANS’ PREFERENCE.  Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans’ Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply.  Candidates claiming Veterans’ Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code.  Veterans’ Preference documentation requirements are available by clicking here.  All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement. 


Nearest Major Market: Fort Lauderdale
Nearest Secondary Market: Miami