Criminal Investigator II- Consumer Fraud


Consumer Protection
Position Number:
Salary Range:
$8,170.00 - $9,100.00 Monthly
Apply By:
Monday, February 20, 2023, 11:59 pm
Work Unit:
Consumer Fraud
Job Location:
1300 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203
Release Date:
Friday, January 27, 2023
Employment Type:
Position Type:
The DOL is currently offering a sign-on bonus for new criminal investigator hires of $2,000.
Sign-On bonuses will be paid based on the following timeline:
$1000.00 – Time of hire
$1000.00 – Time of certification (typically 12 months after hire)

An image without descriptionThe Consumer Protection (CP) Section is seeking an experienced Criminal Investigator to work with a team dedicated to protecting Colorado consumers from fraud and other unfair and deceptive practices, as well as price fixing, monopolization and other unlawful market manipulations. You will have the opportunity to work on a wide variety of complex cases and collaborate with attorneys and paralegals committed to an important and fulfilling mission. Your casework will have a valuable impact on the community while also offering work-life balance. If you’re interested in joining a dynamic team of public servants, apply today!

This position is open only to Colorado state residents.


The work of the Investigations Unit in the Consumer Protection Section involves a hybrid of criminal and civil law enforcement. The Unit conducts investigations of unlawful conduct statewide, often coordinating with other law enforcement and regulatory agencies within Colorado and outside of the State, including County District Attorneys, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The Unit supports complaint triage and case development as primary functions and provides training and technical assistance to other law enforcement agencies and promotes and participates in a variety of consumer outreach and educational efforts.

The Criminal Investigator II will evaluate and follow-up on consumer complaints that come to the DOL through various channels but primarily though The position conducts investigations of consumer fraud and violations of other Consumer Protection Laws, analyzes intake and referral information to determine the existence of Consumer Protection violations, scope and pattern of unlawful activity, and direction of the investigation before making recommendations about next steps.
Duties include:

  • Identifies and investigates violations of the Colorado Consumer Protection Act and several other state statutes related to consumer protection and economic crime
  • Meet with and interview complainants, witnesses, proprietors, and others to obtain information relating to the investigation for enforcement and compliance
  • Compiles data by collecting documentary evidence, examining records, executing subpoenas/search warrants, reviewing electronic data (including online), and rearranging data into a useable format, such as spreadsheets and databases
  • Review and analyze financial, business, and other evidence records
  • Writes and organizes comprehensive reports of investigations, affidavits, warrants and victim/witness/suspect statements. Independently or in collaboration with team members prepares charts, PowerPoints, spreadsheets, and graphs which reflect the information obtained during an investigation
  • Serves as an advisory witness in Preliminary Hearings, Motions Hearings, and Court Trials, including assisting the assigned CP Attorney/Prosecutor to fully prepare for litigation by organizing the case for presentation, including testifying, preparing exhibits and witnesses
  • Assembles evidence for case development and prosecution through evidentiary hearings and trial
  • Prepares witnesses, exhibits, and physical evidence for trial; testifies and advises the assigned attorney at court and other proceedings
  • Provides investigative, supervisory, and logistical assistance on assigned cases, leads a team including but not limited to, other investigators, paralegals, program assistants, forensic accountants, and provides assistance to local, state and federal agencies
  • Focuses the effort between and among law enforcement agencies in multi-jurisdictional investigative projects agency law enforcement partners.
  • Serves as a specialized expert for other law enforcement and regulatory agencies
  • Provides instructional services, technical advice, and training to other governmental agencies

Salary note: Although a salary range is listed, salary will be set commensurate with the successful candidate’s qualifications and in compliance with the Equal Pay for Equal Work Act.

This recruitment may also be used to fill other Criminal Investigator II positions at the Department of  Law.

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution  AND
  • Two years as a full-time sworn detective or sworn criminal investigator at the felony level for a government law enforcement agency as the main function of your job. Investigative experience associated with general street patrol duty will not fulfill this requirementAND
  • Must be Colorado P.O.S.T. certified at the time of application (see “Conditions of Employment”  below for more information)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with complex criminal and compliance cases, determining investigation strategy, assembling evidence for case development and prosecution through evidentiary hearings and trial
  • Knowledge and experience investigating consumer fraud or financial investigations
  • Certified Fraud Examiner
  • Ability to compile and evaluate complex sets of data using spreadsheets, databases or other tools
  • Experience with on-line research and background assessment tools
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Excellent judgment and decision making
  • Strong problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work with a wide variety of stakeholders
  • Strong written and oral communication skills

Substitutions:  Professional investigative experience as a sworn detective or criminal investigator at the felony level for a government law enforcement agency, will substitute for the required education on a year-for-year basis. Investigative experience associated with general street patrol duty will not fulfill this requirement.

Conditions of Employment:

  • Candidates must be Colorado P.O.S.T. certified at the time of application. In accordance with C.R.S. §24-31-303 (5)(a) and (b), applicants must be Colorado P.O.S.T. certified, including the requirement of completing a physical and psychological evaluation (if it has been more than three years since a physical and psychological evaluation has been conducted).  Following a conditional job offer, but prior to appointment, a candidate not meeting the requirement of C.R.S. §24-31-303(5)(b) will be subject to a physical and psychological evaluation to determine fitness to serve as a peace officer. Must be proficient with a handgun.
  • Applicants must pass a thorough criminal and personal background check, including a review of the personnel file from prior employment.
  • Position may be required, sometimes on short notice, to work outside of regular business hours, including possible early mornings, evenings, weekend, and overnight assignments as necessary to conduct fast-paced investigations, execute search warrants, and prepare for trial.
  • Position must have a valid CO driver’s license and may be required to travel within and outside the State of Colorado.

View the full job announcement for more information and to apply online.

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