California Financial Crime Investigators Association CFCIA

Welcome to CFCIA

The CFCIA is an association composed of investigators from various private companies, financial institutions, and law enforcement agencies whose occupational assignment is the investigation and prosecution of financial crimes.

The organization was formed in 1953 when a number of investigators recognized a need for a common meeting place where law enforcement and industry representatives could compare notes on suspects or problems plaguing both groups. They felt showcasing current financial crimes problems could further investigation and enhance the likelihood of criminal prosecution, thereby preventing additional losses to the business community. Their belief was well founded as witnessed by the growth of this vital organization throughout the years.

President’s Message

CFCIA President Patrick Beaty, CFI

Patrick Beaty, CFI
CFCIA President

Thank you for visiting our web page and for taking the first step in becoming a member of this elite organization. Having experience both the law enforcement side as well the banking and retail side of the industry I can assure you that joining the CFCIA was one of the best career advancement moves I have ever made. Several years ago and a few years after my retirement from law enforcement, I accepted a position working financial crimes with my current employer and was amazed at the complexity of how financial crimes and fraud has revolved over the years. Soon after joining the CFCIA I was given my first major embezzlement case. Totally lost, I reached out to both law enforcement and financial institution members of the CFCIA, and the response and help was overwhelming. The suspect was arrested and convicted, and we were able to recover over $600,000.00 of the nearly one million dollars taken. Again it was a collaborated effort of all those CFCIA members involved.

But it doesn’t stop there. Members of the CFCIA have assisted law enforcement, financial institutions and retail in the prosecution of suspects from NSF check fraud all way up to federal money laundering and embezzlement cases involving millions of dollars. As we all know it is easier to prevent theft and losses than it is to prosecute it.

Our field of membership includes local, state and federal law enforcement as well as banks, credit unions and retail stores and outlets. Your annual membership fee of $50 helps support other programs including Civilian Investigator of the year, Law Enforcement Investigator of the year and many scholarship programs for members and their families.

In 2015, we proudly launched our Certified Fraud Investigator (CFI) Program to promote ethical and legal practices in the investigative and research fields and recognize members of the CFCIA who demonstrate advanced skills in detecting, preventing, investigating and prosecuting fraud and financial crimes. To date nearly half of our membership are CFI’s.

Division meeting are a way to reach out and discuss cases and are important to the development of cooperative relationships as well as a source of training for everyone involved. It is a way for law enforcement to understand banking laws and procedures, as well as financial intuitions to understand laws and procedures related to law enforcement and prosecution. Recently the San Diego Division held their fifth annual one day Training Conference with over 150 members and non-members from throughout California along with speakers from the District Attorney’s Office, California Department of Justice and the IRS. Check our Conferences page as future conferences are scheduled.

Most of all I would like to thank the hundreds of current and past members of the CFCIA for their commitment to the organization and the people we serve.

Patrick Beaty, CFI
CFCIA President


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Certified Fraud Investigator

CFCIA is pleased to announce its new certification program for professional fraud investigators. For more information and to apply for this professional certification, go to our CFI page.

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3VR CrimeDex®

CFCIA members have access to 3VR CrimeDex as a source of information concerning suspicious or illegal financial activity.
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