The Attorney General’s Office provides a wide range of services and assistance to local and state law enforcement officers.
The Organized Crimes Investigations Commission
exists to help local law enforcement work together to investigate all forms of organized crime by creating and supporting task forces.
An Organized Crime task force can target crimes from public corruption to organized theft rings. The Commission can support the task forces with, among other things, funds for confidential informants or the purchase of contraband, electronic surveillance equipment, technical support, undercover vehicles, office space, or other equipment not available from local sources.
OCIC also provides technical assistance to task force and non-task force law enforcement effots, including: criminal intelligence analysis, forensic audio and video analysis, tape authenticity, forensic animation (producing 3D reconstructions of a crime scene and 3D still prints), reconstruction of damaged tapes, digital prints, analog and digital audio and video duplication, and format changes.
The Health Care Fraud Section
battles fraud in the health care industry through its two Units: the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) and the Workers’ Compensation Fraud Unit (WCFU). The MFCU enforces Ohio’s Patient Abuse and Neglect Law, which protects the mentally and physically disabled and the elderly from neglect and abuse in Ohio’s long-term facilities. The Unit also has jurisdiction to investigate misappropriation of care facility residents’ fund, and to investigate and prosecute health care providers accused of defrauding the state’s Medicaid program. The WCFU is responsible for prosecuting claimants, employers, and health care providers who defraud the Ohio Workers’ Compensation Program.
If you uncover allegations of patient abuse or neglect, misappropriation of resident funds and prescription drug diversion, or other criminal acts related to Medicaid or Worker’s Compensation fraud, the Section can bring significant resources to bear in these investigations; including surveillance equipment, access to Medicaid provider billing data and expert medical record analysis.
The Crime Victim Section
is composed of staff that provides a number of resources to Ohio victims, victim service providers and law enforcement. The Section administers the Ohio Victims of Crime Compensation Program, which provides reimbursement of certain out of pocket expenses for victims of crime. They also publish and distribute the “Picking Up the Pieces” brochure, which includes compensation and victims’ rights information that law enforcement is required to provide to all victims. Our staff experts are available to provide regional training on emerging victim issues, such as sexual assault investigations, crimes against the elderly and child abuses issues. The Section works with law enforcement and victim service providers to develop community partnerships, through forming Triad groups to address scams against senior citizens, and Sexual Assault Response Teams. The Crime Victim Section also has staff to assist law enforcement agencies with the Victim Identification and Notification Everyday (VINE) program, which informs victims when incarcerated offenders move within the penal system.
The Attorney General regularly publishes the quarterly Criminal Justice Update
and the monthly Law Enforcement Bulletin
. The Criminal Justice Update is an introduction to the Attorney General’s Office, giving you contact information for key staff in the Attorney General’s Law Enforcement Division, as well as providing you updates on initiatives and resources available in the Attorney General’s Office. The Law Enforcement Bulletin is a monthly newsletter that provides updates on cases from across the county that affects law enforcement officers.