The Arizona Attorney General’s Office Criminal Division/Special Investigations Section is seeking a Special Agent assigned to the Consumer Protection & Advocacy Unit. The employee will conduct investigations of violations of Arizona Criminal and Civil statutes. The employee will provide investigative and litigation support for investigations involving civil investigations associated with mostly Consumer Fraud Act violations pertaining to A.R.S. §44-1522, complex fraud matters, anti-trust violations, procurement violations, and issues dealing with unfair, deceptive, or predatory lending practices, and other issues dealing with mortgage related crimes.
The Special Agent will perform tasks requiring attention to detail and extensive investigatory skills. Certification as a peace officer by AZPOST is required. Successful criminal and civil prosecutions will result from the employee's investigative work. This will be accomplished largely through production of investigative reports, analysis of evidence, interviews and court testimony.
This position will also perform other duties as assigned as follows:
1. Conduct analysis of bank statements, ledgers and financial statements, court records, probate and estate records, and power of attorney authorizations.
2. Properly collect, process, control, and analyze evidence.
3. Prepare clear, concise, grammatically correct, and detailed written reports to document aspects of the investigation.
4. Assist with interviews of victims, witnesses, investigative leads, and suspects.
5. Communicate regularly and effectively with agents and prosecutors and provide courtroom/Grand Jury testimony as needed.
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 agency policies and procedures.
8. Maintain a professional appearance and demeanor at all times.
Remote Options: This position may be eligible for Remote Work two days a week.
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.
• Conduct investigations (conduct interviews, analyze evidence, write investigative reports, consult with prosecutor, coordinate, serve and execute search and arrest warrants).
• Provide support to other AGO activities (support to other investigations, search and seizure warrants, etc).
• Training (maintain firearms proficiency and AZPOST certification; continuing education).
• Perform administrative tasks (attend staff meetings; complete timecards and status reports; scan and copy documents; organize case files and maintain information in ThoughtSpan database).
• 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 Consumer Fraud Unit, the position will also be expected to have knowledge of Consumer Fraud Act violations pertaining to A.R.S. §44-1522.
• As a Special Agent, 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 the Consumer Fraud Unit, this position must have the skills to interpret and apply various state laws pertaining to consumer fraud and other consumer related legislation; analyze and accurately interpret copious amounts of information; use a computer and software to prepare reports and perform complex data analysis; use investigative resources to discover non-obvious relationships between entities, and provide testimony in administrative and court proceedings.
• 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 the Consumer Fraud Unit, this position must also have the ability to work well with a variety of law enforcement agencies, both governmental and non-governmental, while maintaining strict confidentiality of information.
As Special Agent in the Consumer Fraud Unit, the ideal applicant will have at least five years of investigative experience involving complex matters with an emphasis on consumer fraud or financial crimes, investigations involving voluminous records, and ability to work with the elderly and/or vulnerable adult crime victims. Spanish, bilingual, oral and written communication skills preferred.
• 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.
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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