The Bureau of Financial Investigations is the criminal justice arm of the agency. The bureau maintains investigative teams throughout the state who have expertise in financial records and analysis, forensic accounting, interviewing and legal case preparation.
The bureau also participates in joint investigations with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.
Cases typically involve securities and lending fraud, crimes that impact consumers and the financial services industry. Once an investigation is accepted for administrative, civil, or criminal prosecution, the bureau continues to lend support and expertise until the final disposition of the case.
The OFR is not able to intervene or take action in every dispute, regardless of the merits. Also, the OFR does not represent individuals in private litigation. If you are trying to recover money or property, you should consider consulting legal counsel in addition to contacting the OFR.
The OFR welcomes tips from concerned citizens because they may be the only way we become aware of fraud or unfair practices in the financial industry. If you feel you have information that you would like to share with the OFR, please complete our TIP Form. You may provide your contact information or choose to remain anonymous.
Under Florida's public records laws, all information related to the OFR's investigations or examinations (including consumer complaints) is confidential and exempt from Section 119.07(1), Florida Statutes, until the case is no longer active. At that time, this information becomes public record except for names, addresses, telephone and Social Security numbers, or any other identifying information for any complainant, customer or account holder.