Utica College Hosts National White Collar Crime Center Training
Local Law Enforcement, Prosecutors Receive Specialized Training This Week
Written By Victoria Lamanna '15, PR Intern
For the first time, Utica College hosts trainers from the National White Collar Crime Center to aid law enforcement, prosecutors
Utica, NY (08/07/2013)- Utica College is hosting a specialized training session this week for local law enforcement and prosecutors, delivered by the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C). This marks the first time that this training has been offered at the college.
The NW3C is a nonprofit organization that works to support law enforcement’s efforts to prevent, investigate and prosecute economic and high-tech crime. According to the FBI, “A single [white collar] scam can destroy a company, devastate families by wiping out their life savings, or cost investors billions of dollars.” White collar criminals use tactics such as identity theft, insurance fraud, bankruptcy fraud and more, to cheat and steal others out of their money.
Sponsored by the Oneida County District Attorney’s Office and the Economic Crime Institute (ECI) at UC, the two phases of training provide local law enforcement and prosecutors with the tools they need to fight local white collar crimes.
“The NW3C has trained more than 35,000 members of the law enforcement,” said Raymond Philo, executive director of the ECI at the college. “In fact, we are fortunate to have them here, as their sessions are in great demand and are most often held in large metropolitan areas.”
While there is no charge for participants, the program has been filled for months. It is taking place in UC’s Economic Crime, Justice Studies and Cybersecurity (ECJSC) Carbone Family Auditorium. The auditorium and classrooms in the ECJSC building are equipped with the latest technology and resources for the training.
Participants in the first phase of training, “Financial Investigations Practical Skills,” are gaining hands-on training and develop key investigation skills. They are conducting financial investigations, packaging and presenting their findings, and participating in a mock trial over the five days.
The second phase of training, “Financial Records Examination and Analysis,” to be held in September, teaches participants the latest techniques in records analysis, using computers and specialized software to analyze financial records. Participants will also learn how to present evidence in written reports as well as in the courtroom.
White collar crimes, according to the FBI, “are characterized by deceit, concealment, or violation of trust…[and] the motivation behind these crimes is financial.” Many not-for-profits and businesses, both small and large, have become victims of white collar crimes, and the NW3C’s training helps law enforcement prevent, detect and prosecute these crimes by giving them the training and resources necessary.
About Utica College – Utica College, founded in 1946, is a comprehensive private institution offering bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. The College, located in upstate central New York, approximately 90 miles west of Albany and 50 miles east of Syracuse, currently enrolls over 3,700 students in 38 undergraduate majors, 29 minors, 20 graduate programs and a number of pre-professional and special programs.