The State of Florida - INVESTIGATION SPECIALIST II
Our Organization and Mission: The Office represents the State of Florida in state and federal civil and criminal courts, from trial courts to the Supreme Court of the United States.
Pay: $35,500 - $44,000 annually, commensurate with experience
Position Summary: This position is in the Consumer Protection Division in the Tallahassee Bureau. The Florida Office of the Attorney General is seeking a highly talented, self-motivated, investigative, and analytical minded team member to investigative matters assigned to the Consumer Protection Division. The selected candidate will investigate suspected civil law violations and will assist on referrals to Florida Department of Law Enforcement and other agencies. The duties and responsibilities of this position stem from enforcement of Chapters 501, 542, 812, 817, 895, and 932 of the Florida Statutes, and related laws and administrative rules of the state, and other federal statutes, rules, and laws.
Qualifications: A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and two years of experience in law enforcement, civil investigations, fraud, or white-collar investigations, or any financial related investigations, examinations, or analysis.
Experience as described above can substitute on a year-for-year basis for the required college education.
Preference will be given to applicants with:
- An associates or bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, Finance, Accounting, Business, Paralegal Studies, or a related field of study.
- Experience working in an investigative or investigative support role, such as an investigative analyst or paralegal
- Experience working in the areas of fraud, white collar crimes, economic crimes, or consumer protection
- Proficiency with Microsoft Excel (data entry, tracking, sorting, and filtering, pivot tables, etc.)
- Experience preparing professional memoranda of findings that may include charts, graphs, spreadsheets, or other means of representing the discovered facts.
- Use of social media, Open Source Intelligence (OSINT), and internet resources to identify individuals, links between organizations, determine size and composition of businesses, and identify assets for forfeiture.
- Experience reviewing and responding to consumer complaints
The Work You Will Do:
This position will provide higher level analytical and investigative support and assistance to the Investigators and Attorneys, including but not limited to the following duties:
- Review and evaluate consumer complaints to determine if a violation of any of the settlements or a violation of Florida law exists.
- Prepare reports, statistics, correspondence, and memoranda relating to all analytical duties, including preparation of statistical reports, charts, and spreadsheets relating to data research and/or analysis.
- Assist with Asset Location.
- Utilize computer skills relating to e-mail and Internet transactions to trace or analyze transmission paths of messages or transactions.
- Use computer programs such as CFIS, Page Vault, and Excel with a high degree of skill.
- Prepare cases for trial, through coordination with attorneys, investigators, and other law enforcement, as appropriate, including providing testimony.
- Communicate with victims, witnesses, defendants, attorneys, corporate personnel, law enforcement investigators or any other persons who may have information concerning ongoing investigations.
- Assist consumers with questions and general updates on matters under your review, under the supervision and direction of the investigator.
- Conduct independent investigations with minimal supervision by a Financial Investigator.
- Research information using restricted investigation databases such as Accurint and DOCS ensuring compliance with restricted use policies.
- Identify and conduct appropriate investigative steps in the course of an investigation.
- Review and evaluate consumer complaints to determine if a potential violation of Florida price gouging law exists. Conduct site visits and contact businesses to evaluate allegations of price gouging, assist with possible resolution of the complaint, serve preservation letters and/or investigative subpoenas, interview witnesses and gather evidence, including during a declared state of emergency. Obtain and analyze documents to determine whether a price is unconscionable. Assist in ensuring that price gouging complaints are timely investigated. This will require working extended hours, working on weekends and may require working on holidays during a declared State of Emergency. This may also involve travelling to other affected regions to assist with the price gouging investigations.
- Assist attorneys with special assignments, which may require extended hours and/or travel outside the worksite.
- Perform other related work as required.
The selection process may include a Microsoft Excel skill assessment exercise. This skills exercise must be completed in one of the Attorney General’s offices.
The Benefits of Working for the State of Florida:
Working for the State of Florida is more than a paycheck. The State’s total compensation package for employees features a highly competitive set of employee benefits including:
- Annual and Sick Leave benefits.
- Nine paid holidays and one Personal Holiday each year.
- State Group Insurance coverage options, including health, life, dental, vision, and other supplemental insurance option.
- Retirement plan options, including employer contributions (For more information, please click www.myfrs.com).
- Flexible Spending Accounts
- Tuition waivers.
- And more!
- For a more complete list of benefits, visit www.mybenefits.myflorida.com.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: To be considered for the position, all applicants must:
Submit a complete and accurate application profile necessary for qualifying such as dates of service, reason for leaving, etc. In addition, all applicants must ensure all employment and/or detailed information about work experience is listed on the application (including military service, self-employment, job-related volunteer work, internships, etc.) and that gaps in employment are explained. NOTE: Any required experience and/or preferences listed in the advertisement must be verified at the time of application.
- Ensure that applicant responses to qualifying questions are verifiable by skills and/or experience stated on the employment application and/or resume. Applicants who do not respond to the qualifying questions will not be considered for this position.
- The elements of the selection process may include a skill assessment exercise.
- Current and future vacancies may be filled from this advertisement for a period of up to six months. Following the six-month period, a new application must be submitted to an open advertisement to be considered for that vacancy.
- OAG employees are paid biweekly. All state employees are required to participate in the direct deposit program pursuant to s. 110.113, F.S.
CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS/ DRUG FREE WORKPLACE: All OAG positions are "sensitive or special trust" and require favorable results on a background investigation including fingerprinting, pursuant to s. 110.1127(2)(a), F.S. The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free Workplace, all employees are subject to reasonable suspicion or other drug testing in accordance with section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act. We hire only U.S. citizens and those lawfully authorized to work in the U.S.
E-VERIFY STATEMENT: The Office of the Attorney General participates in the U.S. government’s employment eligibility verification program (e-verify). E-verify is a program that electronically confirms an employee’s eligibility to work in the United States after completion of the employment eligibility verification form (i-9).
The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.
Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.
The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.
VETERANS’ PREFERENCE. Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans’ Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply. Certain service members may be eligible to receive waivers for postsecondary educational requirements. Candidates claiming Veterans’ Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code. Veterans’ Preference documentation requirements are available by clicking here. All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement.