Policies & Procedures

Senate Bill 978 (Bradford) was approved by Governor Brown on September 30, 2018. This legislation requires POST and local law enforcement agencies to conspicuously post on their websites “all current standards, policies, practices, operating procedures, and education and training materials that would otherwise be available to the public” if a …

Workers’ Compensation Fraud

The Workers’ Compensation Fraud Unit actively investigates and prosecutes crimes involving employees who knowingly make misrepresentations to obtain workers’ compensation benefits to which they are not entitled, or employers who knowingly deny valid workers’ compensation benefits to their employees. Employers and insurance companies that suspect fraudulent claims report cases to …

Special Investigations

Created in 2008, the Special Investigations Unit serves the in-house investigative needs of the District Attorney’s Office. Investigators in the unit may conduct background investigations on prospective employees, investigations of citizen complaints involving members of the District Attorney’s Office, and internal administrative investigations. External investigations involving public corruption and organized …

Sexual Assault

Investigators in the Sexual Assault Family Protection Unit work closely with prosecutors handling sexual assault, child abuse, elder abuse and domestic violence cases. In most cases, once charges are filed, investigators and victim advocates are assigned to assist the attorneys as members of the prosecution team. Investigators work closely with …

Real Estate Fraud

The Real Estate Fraud Unit investigates crimes involving recorded real estate documents. Criminal real estate fraud may involve home equity fraud, securities fraud related to real estate, foreclosure rescue fraud and mortgage fraud. Victims of criminal real estate fraud are encouraged to report these crimes to their local police department …

Major Fraud

Major Fraud investigations involve financial crimes. Typically, a major fraud case involves a suspect who intentionally misleads, yet convinces a victim to “invest” large sums of money into a business enterprise or investment. Such businesses and investments can be legitimate, quasi-legitimate or outright fraudulent, non-existing entities created for the sole …

Homicides

The investigators assigned to Major Crimes are responsible for conducting investigations in most homicides and other cases involving heinous or violent crimes. The investigators in the unit have an average of 23 years of law enforcement experience. The unit’s investigators act as liaisons between local police agencies and the Ventura …

High Tech Task Force

In 2000, the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office joined other Southern California law enforcement agencies to create the Southern California High Technology Crime Task Force (SCHTTF). The Task Force is made up of investigators from the District Attorney’s Office, civilian computer forensic examiners and representatives from other law enforcement agencies. …

Gangs

Crimes committed by, for the benefit of, in association with, or at the direction of active criminal street gang members are prosecuted by experienced attorneys dedicated to achieving justice in these cases. Even though Ventura County is consistently ranked as one of the safest counties in the western United States, …