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Title: Use of the Search Warrant in the Investigation of White-Collar Crime - Operational Guide to White-Collar Crime Enforcement
Author(s): M M Mustokoff
Corporate Author: Battelle Human Affairs Research Ctrs
National Ctr on White-Collar Crime
United States of America
Project Director: H Edelhertz
Date Published: 1981
Page Count: 52
Sponsoring Agency: Battelle Human Affairs Research Ctrs
Seattle, WA 98105
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Superintendent of Documents, GPO
Washington, DC 20402
US Dept of Justice
Grant Number: 77-TA-99-0008
Sale Source: Superintendent of Documents, GPO
Washington, DC 20402
United States of America

National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This procedural manual highlights technical and practical considerations in the use of search warrants for investigating white-collar crimes.
Abstract: Reasons discussed for using a search warrant in the investigation of a white-collar crime include (1) the element of surprise, (2) observation of the business operation and environment under suspicion, (3) the opportunity to converse with persons who may become suspects, (4) legal considerations (avoidance of delay, protection of third-party interests, and the production of financial records that may not be compelled by subpoena), and (5) routine seizures of evidence prior to arrest. Topics considered in discussing when to obtain a search warrant are the establishment of probable cause (how the information came to be known, description of the property to be seized), sample warrants (fraudulent business establishment, seizure of a specific item, and counterfeit labels), investigative considerations in the use of search warrants (effect on the target, coconspirators, and friendly witnesses and problems resulting from quantity of information), and legal considerations (attachments to the search warrant and the use and limitations of administrative search warrants). Who should execute the warrant, postexecution considerations, and further considerations and problems unique to economic crime investigation are discussed in the section on executing search warrants in the investigation of white-collar crime. Appended are a search warrant checklist and sample search warrants. Nine footnotes are listed.
Index Term(s): Procedure manuals; Search warrants; White collar crime
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