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Learn about the Attorney General’s Criminal Bureau

The Criminal Bureau protects the public by investigating and prosecuting a wide range of criminal cases.

The Criminal Bureau prosecutes criminal cases that include matters of public corruption, financial fraud, and other violations of the public trust, organized crime, major narcotic offenses, appellate issues, insurance, and unemployment fraud, cyber and electronic crimes, and more. The Bureau’s investigations are supported by a team of State Police detectives.

If you believe that you have information related to a criminal offense that may be investigated or prosecuted by the Criminal Bureau, please complete the request for review form.

The Attorney General’s Criminal Bureau includes:

The White Collar and Public Integrity Division

The White Collar and Public Integrity Division investigates and prosecutes serious criminal misconduct involving crimes against public agencies, corrupt public employees and public entities, crimes that have a harmful effect on public confidence in our government and other trusted institutions, and financial crimes. 

The Insurance and Unemployment Fraud Unit is within the White Collar and Public Integrity Division. The unit investigates and prosecutes those who commit fraud against insurers and against the Commonwealth’s unemployment insurance and workers’ compensation system.

If you believe you are the victim of insurance or unemployment fraud, please contact the unit at (617) 573-5330.

The Enterprise, Major, and Cyber Crimes Division

The Enterprise, Major, and Cyber Crimes Division targets criminal enterprises and organizations using sophisticated investigative techniques. The division investigates and prosecutes a wide variety of offenses, including narcotics trafficking, extortion, and more.

The Appeals Division

The Appeals Division defends Massachusetts conviction, criminal justice officials, and criminal laws and practices in federal and state courts. The division specifically defends convictions secured by the Attorney General’s Office when they are challenged in the Massachusetts Trial Court, Appeals Court, and Supreme Judicial Court.

The Gaming Enforcement Division

The Gaming Enforcement Division ensures proper investigation and prosecution of illegal gaming-related activity in Massachusetts. The division enforces the Expanded Gaming Act of 2011 along with the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, Massachusetts State Police, and local police departments and federal law enforcement agencies.

Victims/Witness Services

The Attorney General’s Office Victim Witness Services includes two separate Divisions dedicated to providing services to victims of crime within the Commonwealth:

The Victim Witness Assistance Division is comprised of Victim Witness Advocates responsible for providing information, support, and advocacy services to victims, witnesses, and their families that are associated with cases falling under the jurisdiction of the Attorney General’s Office as outlined in the Victim Bill of Rights (M.G.L. c.258B).

The Victim Compensation & Assistance Division administers the Commonwealth’s Victim Compensation Fund which may provide financial assistance to eligible victims of violent crimes prosecuted throughout the Commonwealth, for crime related expenses such as; medical and dental care, funeral and burial costs, mental health counseling, crime scene clean-up services and security measures.  If you believe you may be eligible for Victim Compensation, please call (617) 727-2200 ext. 2160.

The Financial Investigations Division

The Financial Investigations Division is a team of criminal investigators who partner with the Criminal Bureau prosecutors, State Police, victim witness advocates, and support staff from the White Collar and Public Integrity Division, the Enterprise, Major, and Cyber Crimes Division, and the Human Trafficking Division. The investigators analyze and forensically examine evidence of allegations of criminal misconduct involving financial crimes.

The Human Trafficking Division

The Human Trafficking Division is dedicated to prosecuting and preventing human trafficking through law enforcement efforts and policy development. A team of assistant attorneys general, victim witness advocates, paralegals, and Massachusetts State Police troopers investigate and prosecute high impact human trafficking cases. 

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