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Economic Crimes and Wage Theft Division

Learn more about this area under our Criminal Division including the High Impact Repeat Offenders Unit, Economic Crimes Unit, and the Elder Abuse Unit.

High Impact Repeat Offenders Unit

Formed in 2017, the High Impact Repeat Offenders Unit is dedicated to reducing crime rates by focusing on the most prolific burglars and car thieves in our community. The HIPRO unit is the combination of the former Car Theft and Repeat Burglar Initiatives and uses many of the same approaches to reducing crime rates, including “stacking” cases and working to ensure that offenders stay in custody pending trial. The HIPRO unit also works to build relationships with police agencies to encourage thorough burglary and car theft investigations and more prompt filing of cases, and raises community awareness of burglary and car theft prevention.

Economic Crimes Unit

Cases handled by the Economic Crimes Unit cover a wide range of crimes from simple thefts and narcotics cases to complex organized criminal activity, including: public corruption, abuse of office, employee thefts, insurance frauds, environmental crimes, investment frauds, mortgage frauds, aggravated consumer frauds, frauds against the elderly and vulnerable victims, frauds against government, and technology crimes. They also maintain a focus on prosecuting the top Identity Theft offenders in the county. 

Phone: 206-477-3733

Preventing identity theft tips

  • Never leave your financial information in your car. Car prowl is a prime source for identity theft.
  • Have your mail delivered to a secure location.
  • Don't put bill payments in an unlocked mailbox for pickup.
  • Carefully review your account statements.
  • Don't give out your personal information over the telephone unless you initiated the phone call.
  • Never use a debit card or a check if you are shopping online.
  • Shred your financial garbage.
  • Get and review your credit reports regularly.
  • If using your debit card in person, use your hand to shield your PIN from view.

Even if you have taken all the above steps, you may still become a victim. If someone has your financial information, take the following steps as soon as possible:

  • Place a fraud alert on your credit reports.
  • Review your credit reports to see if new accounts have been opened. A fraud alert will help prevent a thief from opening new accounts.
  • Make a police report with the police agency where you live. Washington law allows an identity theft victim to make a report in their hometown, regardless of where the crime occurred.
  • Close any accounts that have been compromised or you think have been compromised.
  • Make a report to the Federal Trade Commission at or call 1-877-ID-THEFT.
  • Continue to review your credit reports for any unauthorized activity.

Additional information and resources can be found at the Federal Trade Commission or the Internet Crime Complaint Center websites.

Elder Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation (EANE) Unit

The Elder Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation (EANE) Unit handles cases of financial exploitation and neglect of older and vulnerable adults, as well as some cases of physical and sexual assault.  The EANE Unit also houses the King County Elder Abuse Multidisciplinary Team and leads the King County Elder Abuse Council. The Unit offers trainings to professionals in the community to assist them with identifying and responding to cases of elder and vulnerable adult abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation.

Find information and resources about elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation