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Investigator and Fraud Fighter Guidebook: Operation War Stories by Charles E. Piper

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Chapter 13

Closing the Case

“2 Good 2 Be 4 Gotten”

—Graduation yearbook signature

One of best feelings an investigator or fraud fighter can have besides solving cases is closing or “getting rid of” cases that are either completed or have no merit in pursuing. But the work is really not completed just because the investigation is finished. First, the completed case file with the final report has to be filed somewhere, and keep in mind that sometimes old closed investigations come in handy later. Second, after the investigation has been completed, sometimes the investigator can initiate or request consideration for other nonjudicial actions and/or make suggestions to improve crime prevention and detection measures.

Old Case Files

Sometimes new evidence or fresh leads are developed that warrant reopening cases and sometimes cases are appealed. I've frequently requested and/or obtained old case files because they contain information in them that is useful to complete open investigations.

Useful information in closed cases may include:

  • Templates (or go-bys) of other reports, graphs, or charts to replicate for use on current cases
  • Individuals' names or contact information
  • Transcripts from previous interviews or Title III telephone intercepts
  • Laboratory reports
  • Descriptions of stolen property
  • Mug shots
  • Audio interview recordings
  • Written statements
  • Other information

These reasons are enough to realize that the proper administrative closing of cases is important. In Government investigations, ...

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