Crimes Against Property
The Saint Paul Police Department's Property Crimes Unit is comprised of several investigative units: Burglary, Fraud and Forgery, Auto Theft, Arson and the Automated Pawn System. The Property Crimes Unit is under the leadership of Commander Joshua Lego. In addition to investigating these types of crimes, the SPPD provides the public with practical information to avoid becoming a victim. There are Crime Prevention Officers in each district - West, Central and East. For more information, call 651-291-1111.
Fraud, Forgery & ID Theft
Normal hours of operation for the Fraud & Forgery Unit are from Monday through Friday, 8:00 A.M to 4:00 P.M
The Fraud and Forgery Unit is responsible for investigating financial and fraudulent crimes including check forgery, credit card fraud, embezzlement, counterfeits, identity theft, swindles, and financial exploitation of vulnerable adults. Fraud-related crimes continue to increase - primarily in the area of Internet-related offenses. Our investigators partner with various local, state, and federal agencies including the U.S. Postal Service, the U.S. Secret Service, Immigration Customs Enforcement, the Federal Trade Commission, State of Minnesota Alcohol & Gambling Enforcement, and the Minnesota Financial Crimes Task Force to combat these crimes.
To report fraud, and for all non-emergency police calls & information, please call 651-291-1111
Once your police report is made, it will be referred to the Fraud & Forgery Unit for review and investigation.
The Fraud & Forgery unit will review your case and make a decision as to how it will be handled. In many instances, the reporting person will receive a letter asking for additional documentation such as bank statements or affidavits before we can proceed with the case. Also, in many instances once the bank issuing the check or credit cards indemnifies the reporting person for their loss due to fraud, the bank, or the merchants or businesses who accepted the checks or credit cards, then suffers the loss and becomes the actual victim. We will work with those entities as well, to investigate and refer for criminal charges the persons involved. You can help the Saint Paul Police Department combat fraud in our community. The first step is to be a smart consumer. Order the latest edition of the Consumer Handbook from the Federal Citizen Information Center at 202-501-1794.
If you suspect any type of fraudulent activity or are the victim of identity theft, you may begin the investigation by filing a Saint Paul Police report online. You may file a report with the Saint Paul Police regardless of where your identity is being used fraudulently.
If someone is using your personal information to open new accounts, make purchases or get benefits you may file a report with the Federal Trade Commission at IdentityTheft.gov. You may also use this resource to et a free personal recovery plan that walks you through each step.
You may sign up for free scam alerts at ftc.gov/scams.
If your identity was used to obtain income which has impacted your social security benefits, you can notify the Social Security Administration of the identity theft/fraud at OIG.SSA.gov.
You may report disability fraud to the Social Security Administration (SSA) Office or Inspector General Hotline at 1-800-269-0271 or at this link.
You may also report unauthorized/fraudulent income reported to he Internal Revenue Service using the Tax Fraud Hotline recording at 800-829-0433.
The IC3 accepts online internet crime complaints from either the actual victim or from a third part to the complainant at this site.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) protects consumers by stopping unfair, deceptive or fraudulent practices in the marketplace. The FTC collects complaints about hundreds of issues from data security and deceptive advertising to identity theft. File a report here.
IF YOU ARE A BUSINESS WISHING TO REPORT EMBEZZLEMENT:
After completing your internal investigation and audit, provide the requested documentation either by mail or in person to the Saint Paul Police Department, Fraud and Forgery Unit, 367 Grove Street, St. Paul, MN. 55101. Upon receipt of the items outlined above, we will begin our investigation. You will be given a complaint number corresponding to this investigation. We will use the numbers you have created for your incidents of theft to present this evidence which will support your claim of embezzlement, if we find that the elements for theft have been met.
IF SOMEONE HAS STOLEN YOUR IDENTITY RESULTING IN FRAUDULENT ARREST OR CRIMINAL HISTORY RECORDS: Contact the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) at 651-793-2400 and request a Questioned Identity Form. Fill out the form and submit it to the BCA. The BCA will undertake to investigate and clear the record, if a claim of ID theft is verified.