Law enforcement is not a monolithic entity. If you were to come under investigation for a federal crime, it is likely that you would deal with many different agencies.
These various organizations all have their peculiarities. Here are some examples that you might encounter during a fraud or other white-collar crime investigation.
Sometimes, federal law enforcement agencies partner with state organizations. For example, the Texas State Auditor’s Office (SAO) might receive an anonymous report of fraud about your company. Upon investigation, the SAO might determine that there could be a federal case.
As a primary investigator for federal crimes, the FBI is often important in major white-collar crime cases. Therefore, knowing how to deal with the Bureau could provide you with an advantage. Specifically, being able to navigate the FBI’s protocols and bureaucracies efficiently would typically reduce the amount of time and effort required to reveal available information about your investigation.
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
The DEA often investigates the trade of pharmaceuticals and controlled substances. While these issues generally do not fall under the category of white-collar crime, they might intersect with your case if it involves suspicion of money laundering or fraud. Additionally, the DEA might take a major role in some prescription fraud investigations.
Further, if you work internationally or with international partners, dealing with the DEA could be a major aspect of your defense. The Administration has a strong presence across the world, most notably in Mexico and the Caribbean.
Regardless of the organization with which you are interacting, it could be wise to remember that the agents typically have no obligation to act in your best interests. They are, most probably, there to collect evidence to support their case against you.