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Minnesota Financial Crimes Task Force

The Minnesota Financial Crimes Task Force (MNFCTF) protects and serves the public by investigating financial crimes related to identity theft, with a special emphasis on organized criminal enterprises. The MNFCTF is comprised of multi-jurisdictional law enforcement agencies working together to provide investigative expertise and resources.

Minnesota Financial Crimes Task Force Structure

The MNFCTF is under the authority of the Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety (Minnesota Statute 299A.681). The task force also makes reports to the Financial Crimes Advisory Board which provides advice and direction for items pertaining to MNFCTF initiatives. There are several multi-jurisdictional agencies assigned to the MNFCTF. Current members include:

​Baxter Police Department Homeland Security Investigations U.S. Attorney's Office
​Bureau of Criminal Apprehension ​Internal Revenue Service ​U.S. Postal Inspection Service
​Duluth Police Department Mille Lacs County Sheriff's Office ​U.S. Secret Service
​Edina Police Department ​Minneapolis Police Department

 

Types of Cases Accepted

​Identity theft ​Organized Criminal Enterprises ​Mail Theft/Fraud
​Bank Fraud ​Organized Retail Crime Credit/Debit Card Fraud​

 
Case Eligibility Factors

​Monetary loss ​Multiple jurisdictions ​Organized criminal enterprise
​Number of victims ​Offender's criminal history ​Geographical considerations

 

Types of Cases Referred to Other Agencies

  • Advanced Fee Fraud
  • Insurance Fraud involving workers compensation, medical fraud or false accident claims
  • Internet crimes involving company or personal extortion schemes
  • Cyber crimes that are non-financial or non-identity theft related
  • Cases involving construction or code violations fraud

Joint Agency Case Assignments

Whenever feasible the MNFCTF will conduct joint investigations with our local, state and federal partners. These partnerships allow for a broader range of investigations and an effective use of MNFCTF resources.

Information for Consumers

What should I do if I am a victim of a financial crime?

Report the crime to the law enforcement agency in the jurisdiction where the loss occurred.

What if I do not know the jurisdiction where the loss occurred?

Report the crime to your local law enforcement agency.

What will law enforcement do with my report?

Minnesota law enforcement agencies are required to complete a report for crimes involving identity theft (Minnesota Statute 609.527). The agency will then consider the best options for investigating the crime. Law enforcement agencies are requested to send the report of identity theft to the Minnesota Financial Crimes Task Force (MNFCTF).

 

IACP Excellence in Technology Award Winner

In 2012, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) selected the Minnesota Financial Crimes Task Force as second runner up for its 2012 IACP Award for Excellence in Criminal Investigations. The award was presented for the Task Force operation known as Operation Starburst. Learn more about the investigation.​

 

Financial Crimes Advisory Board Member Agencies

​AARP ​Minnesota House representative ​Minnesota Retailer's Association
​Anoka County Attorney's Office ​Minnesota Senate representative ​U.S. Attorney's Office
​Bremer Bank ​MN Board of Public Defense ​U.S. Internal Revenue Service
​Edina Police Department ​Minnesota Dept. of Public Safety ​U.S. Postal Inspector's Office
​Mille Lacs County Sheriff's Office ​Minnesota Financial Crimes Task Force ​U.S. Secret Service
​Minneapolis Police Department ​Minnesota Office of the Attorney General ​Wright County Sheriff's Office