UC’s Economic Crime Investigation Program Renamed to Fraud, Financial Crime Investigation

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The Utica College program transforms the student into a ‘new age’ crime fighter blending computer skills, business skills and investigation skills. Graduates have a very promising job outlook.

New Name More Reflective of Course Material, Content

Utica College’s economic crime investigation program (ECI) has been renamed fraud and financial crime investigation (FFCI) to better reflect the coursework and overall course content.

The first program of its kind in the nation, Utica College’s economic crime program was designed to answer — and anticipate — law enforcement and industry needs. While that is still true today, the fraud and financial crime investigation program focuses on the study of the growing number of non-violent crimes that are committed for financial gain through methods of fraud and deception. The program gives students an understanding of the evolving problems associated with detecting crimes like embezzlement, identity theft, credit card fraud, insurance fraud, construction fraud, money laundering, political corruption and tax evasion. Students also learn about policies and procedures in cases of organized crime and terrorism.

“The Utica College FFCI program transforms the student into a ‘new age’ crime fighter blending computer skills, business skills and investigation skills. Graduates of the program have a very promising job outlook, as in some areas there, literally, are more job opportunities than there are skilled applicants,” said Dr. Donald Rebovich, professor of criminal justice and chair of UC’s economic crime and justice studies department. “Businesses today need workers with these financial investigative skills,” he said, “and they frequently approach us to recruit our top students.”

As characterized by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, employment opportunities fall into categories of investigation in both public and private sectors, auditing and risk management. Investigators in the public sector can work at the federal, state or local levels in positions ranging from local police detective to federal special agent. Investigators in the private sector work in loss prevention, independent or agency private investigations, and internal or external fraud analysis.

The FFCI major is an integral component of Utica College’s complete suite of justice programs including a host of criminal justice, economic and financial crime and business programs. Utica College also offers online certificate programs in Financial Crime Investigation, Financial Crime and Compliance Operations, Organizational Risk Assessment and Management, and Regulatory and Compliance Assurance.

For more information on the fraud and financial crime investigation program at Utica College, visit http://programs.online.utica.edu/programs/fraud-and-financial-crime-investigation.asp

About Utica College – Utica College, founded in 1946, is a comprehensive private institution offering bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees. The College, located in upstate central New York, approximately 90 miles west of Albany and 50 miles east of Syracuse, currently enrolls over 4,400 students in 38 undergraduate majors, 31 minors, 21 graduate programs and a number of pre-professional and special programs.

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