Investigator VII

    Texas Health & Human Services Commission
    10103 FONDREN RD, HOUSTON, TX
    Full-time
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    Job Description


    Investigator VII
    The Electronic Benefits Transfer Trafficking Investigator (EBT) is selected by and reports to the EBT Manager V of the Law Enforcement Directorate. The EBT Investigator VII is a commissioned peace officer and will conduct investigations into the misuse and/or illegal use of Electronic Benefits Transfers involving retailers and recipients. These investigations may involve funds from the Supplement Nutrition Assistants Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance For Needy Families (TANF), Medicaid, Medicaid for Elderly and Disabled Persons (MEPD), Women Infants and Children Program (WIC) and other HHS Programs. The EBT Investigator will conduct surveillance operations, undercover work, conduct interviews of witnesses and interview and/or interrogate targets/suspects of investigations. The EBT Investigator will act as undercover operative, operate surveillance equipment, collect and preserve evidence in accordance to the laws governing evidence collection and admissibility. The EBT Investigator will prepare undercover and surveillance operational plans and submit to the EBT Manager for approval prior to conducting any operations. The EBT Investigator will conduct investigations timely and will initiate investigations upon of receipt of the assigned investigation. The EBT Investigator will be required to testifying in judicial proceedings and/or administrative hearings. Investigations may result in referrals to prosecuting authorities, and referrals to outside entities at the local, state, and federal levels.

    The EBT Investigator will prepare an investigative report chronologically reporting the allegation(s) investigated, investigative steps taken to complete the investigations, evidence and witness statements, findings of the investigation and action taken. The EBT Investigator will establish cooperation and joint investigations with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. The EBT Investigator will present investigations to the District Attorney in the area of venue that warrants criminal referral. Work includes leading investigative teams in planning, organizing and conducting complex and comprehensive investigations and examinations. Position works under minimal supervision with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

    50% Travel is required and this is a commissioned peace officer position.

    Essential Job Functions:
    EJF 1. Conducts investigations and examinations and anlaysis of business activities of alleged violations of laws, rules, and regulations. Identifies, contacts, and interviews potential suspect, witnesses and complainants. Conduct financial analysis of benefit recipients accounts and uses of benefits and conduct investigations involving the usage of benefits at the retail level and missue of benefits. Collects data and conducts field studies. Assists in performing undercover or surveillance work regarding suspected violators. (40%)

    EJF 2. Evaluates, summarizes, and documents investigative findings. Prepares records, correspondence, and reports. Interacts and exchanges information with various state or federal law enforcement organizations. Prepares affidavits for search and arrest warrants and assist with the execution of these warrants. (25%)

    EJF 3. Examines, investigates, and analyzes the business activities of entities to ensure compliance with statutory standards and regulations. Calculates overpayments and establishes intentional program violation claims. May review samples of completed investigations to ensure the consistent and correct application of policy, and monitors the quality and quantity of investigations conducted. Prepares and completes accurate well written investigative reports and case documentation timely (20%)

    EJF 4. Assists in preparing cases for presentations at hearings or in court. Testifies and presents evidence in formal hearings or court proceedings. (10%)

    EJF 5. Serves as liaison for assigned area on complex issues with agency staff or outside entities. (5%)

    Knowledge Skills Abilities:
    Knowledge of investigative principle, techniques, and procedures.
    Knowledge of local, state, and federal laws and regulations.
    Knowledge of financial and money laundering investigations
    Knowledge and skill of conducting undercover and covert operations
    Knowledge in the development of Affidavits for arrest and search warrants
    Knowledge in rules of evidence and evidence collections
    Skills in communicating effectively both orally and in writing.
    Skills in evidence collections and maintenance.
    Knowledge of rules of evidence
    Ability to plan, organize and conduct investigations.
    Ability to interpret and apply laws and regulations.
    Ability to conduct interviews and gather facts.
    Ability to evaluate findings.
    Ability to prepare concise reports.
    Ability to testify in hearings and court proceedings.
    Ability to search databases and report applicable results
    Ability to work with and maintain confidential records, files and information.
    Skill in consistently producing thorough and complete investigations.

    Registration or Licensure Requirements:
    Applicant must possess a valid Texas Driver License by employment start date. Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) peace officer license and/or qualified to be commissioned as a Texas peace officer. (Copy of license or proof of passing the TCOLE peace officer examination required at time of interview.)

    Initial Selection Criteria:
    Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university in a related field preferred. Ten (10) years prior experience as a full time commissioned Peace Officer /Investigator. OR, Six (6) years prior experience as a full time commissioned Peace Officer/Investigator plus a four (4) year degree. Experience and education may be substituted for one another. Experience in financial crimes investigations, surveillance and undercover operations lead and experience in preparing affidavits for search and arrest warrants.

    Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) certification and/or qualified to be commissioned. (Copy of certification or proof of passing TCOLE examination required at time of interview).

    Applicant must possess a valid Texas Driver License by employment start date.

    There is 50% Travel required for this position.

    Additional Information:
    Operational knowledge of court procedures, practices, rules of evidence, Texas Code of Criminal Procedure and Texas Penal Code.

    Ability to supervise the work of others. Skills in the operation of technical equipment, detection devices surveillance equipement. Law Enforcement/Investigations experience required.

    Attends work on a regular and predictable schedule in accordance with agency leave policy and performs other duties as assigned.

    HHS agencies use E-Verify. You must bring your I-9 documentation with you on your first day of work.

    Note: Military occupation(s) that relate to the initial selection criteria and registration or licensure requirements for this position may include: 31B, 31D, EOD, 401, 5819, 7S0X1. For more information, see the Texas State Auditor's Military Crosswalk at http://www.hr.sao.state.tx.us/Compensation/JobDescriptions.aspx.

    The posted salary range reflects the minimum and maximum allowable by state law. Any employment offer is contingent upon available budgeted funds. The offered salary will be determined in accordance with budgetary
    limits and the requirements of HHSC Human Resources Manual Chapter 7.

    MOS Code:
    There are no direct military occupation(s) that relate to the responsibilities, and registration or licensure requirements for this position. All active duty, reservists, guardsmen, and veterans are encouraged to apply if they meet the qualifications for this position.

    HHS agencies use E-Verify. You must bring your I-9 documentation with you on your first day of work.

    I-9 Form - Click here to download the I-9 form.

    In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), HHS agencies will provide reasonable accommodation during the hiring and selection process for qualified individuals with a disability. If you need assistance completing the on-line application, contact the HHS Employee Service Center at 1-888-894-4747. If you are contacted for an interview and need accommodation to participate in the interview process, please notify the person scheduling the interview.

    Posting ID: 556640605Posted: 2020-05-21