The Arizona Attorney General’s Office Criminal Division/Special Investigation Section is seeking a Special Agent. As a Special Agent conducting felony investigations, operational considerations may require you to work varying hours, weekends, holidays, and respond after hours; agents can also be deployed to assist allied agencies in response to a critical incident that falls within the protocols of the National Incident Management System or the State of Arizona Mutual Aid protocols.
The position will be assigned to Health Care Fraud (HCFA) Section of the Special Investigations Section (SIS), Criminal Division. As a Special Agent, the position will coordinate closely with supervisors and prosecutors to:
1. Conduct interviews of victims, witnesses, investigative leads, and suspects.
2. Properly collect, process, control, and analyze evidence.
3. Prepare clear, concise, grammatically correct, and detailed written reports to document all aspects of the investigation.
4. Communicate regularly and effectively with prosecutors and provide courtroom/Grand Jury testimony as needed.
5. Be able to physically control a suspect and be prepared and able to use deadly force if necessary.
6. Provide support to other AGO employees and perform administrative tasks as needed.
7. Be safety conscious and use proper work methods by following standard police policies and procedures.
8. Maintain proficiency with a firearm and maintain AZPOST peace officer certification.
9. Maintain a professional appearance and demeanor at all times.
As a Special Agent assigned to HCF, the position will also:
1. Conduct analysis of patient health care records, health insurance records, AHCCCS Administration generated documents, records maintained by government licensing agencies, bank records, and other financial records.
2. Use computer software to create spreadsheets that organize data acquired during the course of investigations.
3. Prepare search/seizure warrant affidavits and operational plans and coordinate/execute the warrants with other members of the Special Investigations Section.
4. Conduct occasional undercover operations, trash covers, mail covers, surveillance, and other standard law enforcement investigative techniques as needed to advance investigations.
As a Special Agent, the position will be expected to know and understand various Arizona criminal and civil statutes; the Arizona criminal justice system; rules of evidence; and tactics, procedures, and techniques for general investigations, searches, seizures, and arrests.
As a Special Agent assigned to the Healthcare Fraud Unit, the position will be expected to know and understand the essential elements of the delivery of health care, particularly in terms of the state administered Medicaid program known as AHCCCS.
As a Special Agent assigned to HCFA, the position will be expected to know and understand the types of criminal offenses that victimize the elderly, vulnerable adults, and developmentally disabled citizens, such as financial exploitation, physical and sexual abuse, and patient care neglect.
As a Special Agent, this position must have the skills to communicate effectively with people of various backgrounds and education levels using both verbal and non-verbal communication skills; conduct effective interviews and interrogations; maintain strict compliance with chain-of-custody and evidence control procedures; prepare search/seizure warrant affidavits; safely plan and execute search/seizure warrants; safely make arrests; manage time and resources effectively; work effectively with team members including attorneys, forensic accountants, computer forensics experts, administrative staff, and other investigators; and maintain proficiency with a firearm.
As a Special Agent assigned to HCFA, this position must have the skills to interpret and apply state laws pertaining to white collar crime; health care fraud; vulnerable adult abuse; and analyze and accurately interpret health care and insurance records; use a computer and software to prepare reports and perform data analysis; and use investigative resources to discover non-obvious relationships between entities.
As a Special Agent, this position must have the ability to find, collect, preserve, and evaluate information to determine the validity of and relevance to the alleged violation(s). This position must demonstrate initiative, self-motivation, and determination to consistently advance investigations and bring them to a successful conclusion.
As a Special Agent assigned to HCFA, this position must also have the ability to work corroboratively with health care agency personnel, government regulatory agency personnel, and law enforcement personnel at the local, state and federal levels.
As a SA assigned to HCFA, the ideal applicant will have at least a Bachelor's degree and five years of investigative experience, including investigative experience dealing with crimes committed against the elderly and vulnerable adults, crimes associated with health care or insurance fraud, crimes associated with the diversion of prescription drugs, and experience in the health care industry.
• Travel is required for this position. A valid Arizona Driver’s License is required, along with consent to have your driving record run periodically.
• Requires certification by the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board (A.Z P.O.S.T.). Applicants must be a certified Arizona peace officer in good standing or be eligible to obtain Arizona peace officer certification via the AZPOST waiver process within 90 days of hire date. To be eligible, a person must have previously served as a certified peace officer in Arizona, another state, or federal agency; must have completed basic and advanced training that demonstrates substantial comparability to the Arizona basic course; and must meet all of the minimum qualifications for certification as an Arizona Peace Officer. Refer to https://post.az.gov/certification-process/waiver-process for more information on the waiver process.
• All peace officer applicants under serious consideration for hire with the Attorney General's Office are required to be fingerprinted, complete a criminal background check, pass a polygraph test, and complete a medical examination. A job offer cannot be tendered until the candidate has successfully passed the initial background check. Your record does not automatically constitute a bar to employment. Factors such as, but not limited to, age at time of offense and age of offense, as well as the relationship between the offense and the job for which you apply will be taken into account.
• All applicants under serious consideration for hire with the Attorney General's Office are required to be fingerprinted by the Office and complete a criminal background check through State and Federal agencies. A job offer cannot be tendered until the candidate has successfully passed the initial background check. Your record does not automatically constitute a bar to employment. Factors such as, but not limited to, age at time of offense and age of offense, as well as the relationship between the offense and the job for which you apply will be taken into account.
The Attorney General's Office offers a comprehensive benefits package to include:
Vacation with 10 paid holidays per year
Health and dental insurance
Life insurance and long-term disability insurance
Optional employee benefits include short-term disability insurance, deferred compensation plans, and supplemental life insurance
For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page
Positions in this classification participate in the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System (PSPRS). Please note, enrollment eligibility will become effective after 90 days of employment.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Human Resources at (602) 542-8056 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
During all phases of the selection process, people with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation by contacting the AG’s Human Resources Office at (602) 542-8056 or via e-mail at HumanResources@azag.gov. The Arizona Office of the Attorney General does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, sexual orientation or age in its programs, activities or in its hiring and employment practices. The following division has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Operations Division, 2005 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85004, Phone: (602) 542-8056, Fax: (602) 542-8000.
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