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Fraud Investigation

The Michigan State Police Fraud Investigation Section is comprised of two teams (east and west) covering the state of Michigan. The teams investigate and assist federal and local law enforcement agencies with investigating criminal activity related to fraud and identity theft while providing victims with available resources to prevent further victimization.


  • Fraud crimes occur when impostors use dishonest methods to take something valuable from another person. Fraud crimes include but are not limited to bridge card fraud, tax fraud, health care fraud, mortgage fraud, and credit card fraud.
  • Identity theft occurs when an impostor obtains or attempts to obtain personal identity information of another person, such as official identification, name, date of birth and social security number, with the intent to unlawfully use that information to commit any illegal act.
  • Organized retail crimes occur when someone steals retail merchandise from a merchant in order to resell, distribute, or otherwise reintroduce the items into commerce. This includes the transfer of stolen merchandise to another merchant or to any other individual via the mail, in person, through the internet, or by other electronic media.