PAD 754: Investigative Techniques

Course Description

Focuses on the discovery and documentation of corrupt practices in politics and administration. Provides an overview of the public employee’s obligations and rights and of the laws and regulations governing criminal investigations. Illustrates themes with case studies of white-collar crimes and scandals involving public officials.

Credits: 3

Course Leadership

  • Course Coordinator: Eugene O’Neill
  • Online Education Resource Status:

Learning Goals

7.4 Investigation and Operational Inspection: Students will understand how to investigate criminal and managerial fraud, waste, abuse and corruption

Course Embedded General Advising

Course Embedded Career Advising

Topical coverage expectations – what topics the course is expected to cover

  • Corruption in a Democracy
  • Types of Investigations
  • Obtaining Documentary Evidence
  • Privacy Rights of Public Employees
  • Gathering Testimonial Evidence
  • Fraud in Government Purchasing
  • The Office of the Inspector General
  • The False Claims Act

Key capstone project skills to be covered

Textbooks available based on the MPA loaner textbook program

  • Bazley, T. (2008). Investigating white collar crime. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Pearson Prentice Hall. (Available through the MPAOIG Textbook Loan Program)
  • Anechiarico:  The Pursuit of Absolute Integrity
  • Guerin, Lisa. (2010) The Essential Guide to Workplace Investigations: How to Handle Employee Complaints & Problems Paperback. (Available through the MPAOIG Textbook Loan Program)

Open Educational Resources by Topics to be Covered

Module 1: Corruption in a Democracy (two week period)

Bazley:

  • Chapter 1: Intro: Why Bother?
  • Chapter 2: Getting Started

Ferraro:

  • Chapter 1: The Process of Investigating

Audio:

Confessions of a White Collar Criminal (CUNY Radio Podcast)…(first hour contains Fraud Triangle)

Video:

Boss Tweed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YildL_ilQFY

 

Module 2: Types of Investigations (two week period)

 Bazley: 

  • Chapter 8: The Grand Jury and Criminal Charge
  • Chapter 9 : Civil and Administrative Investigations

Ferraro:

  • Chapter 2: The Fundamentals of Fact Finding

Module 3: Obtaining Documentary Evidence (two week period)

 Guerin:

  • Chapter 1: Workplace Investigations: Overview
    • Ten Steps to a Successful Investigation

 Bazley:  

  • Chapter 3: The Paper Chase: Documentary Evidence
  • Chapter 5: Search Warrants

Audio:

Audio file with transcript

Audio file with transcript

Module 4 : Privacy Rights of Public Employees (two week period)

Ferraro:

  • Chapter 4: Local Challenges and Avoiding Litigation

 Documents:

Module 5: Gathering Testimonial Evidence (two week period)

 Ferraro:

  • Chapter 6: Section 3a and b: Employee Theft

 Bazley:

  • Chapter 4: Interviews- Gathering Testimonial Evidence

 Guerin:

  • Chapter 3: Gathering Information

 Supreme Court Case:

 Audio:

  PowerPoint:

Module 6: Fraud in Government Purchasing (two week period)

Ferraro:

  • Chapter 6: Section 5: Fraud and Embezzlement

Guerin:

  • Chapter 4: Making and documenting your Decision

Documents:

 Module 7: The Office of the Inspector General (two week period)

Module 8:  The False Claims Act ( a one week module)