- Posted October 1, 2013 by
Conference addresses fighting financial crime using new technology
Law enforcement personnel, prosecutors and investigators gathered in one room this week to learn and discuss financial crimes.
The 13th Financial Crimes & Digital Evidence Conference was held at the Salem Convention Center for the second year on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. While the majority of participants were from Oregon, the conference also attracted people from Washington state, North Carolina and Hong Kong.
Although difficult to characterize just how large of a problem financial crimes are in Oregon, event leaders said it is an industry that has a financial impact in the billions.
Sean Hoar, an assistant U.S. attorney, described financial crimes as a huge problem in Oregon and across the country. In the past, Oregon has ranked high in the issue of identity theft, he said.
The reason that it continues as a large issue is due in large part to evolving technology that makes it easier for criminals to commit crimes.
The benefit of the conference, Hoar said, is it helps enforcement personnel track technological changes and combat crime by learning new technology.