San Antonio Police Department
Financial Crimes Unit

Forgery Unit

The Forgery Unit is responsible for investigating credit card abuse, identity theft, counterfeit/forged checks, tampering with government records, and counterfeit U.S. Currency cases (in conjunction with the U.S. Secret Service). The Forgery Unit does not investigate “internet scams” unless they involve a counterfeit check, forged check, identity theft, credit/debit card abuse or counterfeit currency. Any “scam” without those items is handled by our Property Crimes Units as theft. 

The Forgery Unit receives over 12,000 cases each year. Because of this large volume of cases and the fact that financial institutions will not provide evidence without a subpoena, you will be asked to provide certain documents that you are entitled to by law without a subpoena. Instructions on how to obtain these items are provided in the investigation packets. Video will not be obtained unless there is a reasonable expectation the suspect can be identified by the account/card holder. Identifications are generally made using photo lineups. 

What packet should I complete for a Forged Check? Ultimately, the account holder is needed for an indictment; however, to prevent duplicate investigations, who makes a forgery report depends on where the check/money order was tendered and whether it has cleared the account. 

  • If a business accepted a check and it was returned as a forgery, the business reports the forgery and completes a Forgery-Acceptor Packet. Any business submitting a packet must provide a legible copy of the check/money order (front and back), and any photos or video available (with affidavit). A report will be written once the packet is received in our office. Do not submit “Hot Checks” to SAPD as those are investigated by the Bexar County Hot Check Section. 
  • If you are an account holder on a check or the purchaser of a money order and discover one of your checks/money orders has been stolen, forged and cashed, a report is needed. Once you have a case number, complete a Forgery-Account Holder Packet. If your checks/money orders were taken in a burglary (vehicle, residence, business), use the original case number for your packet. The forgery will be handled under that case number. If your checks/money orders were taken as a theft, you are a victim of Texas Penal Code statute 32.24 Stealing or Receiving Stolen Check or Similar Sight Order. If you have not made a report, one can be made by phone or in person by calling 210.207.7273. Once a report is made, the case number is used in the Account Holder packet. The original or a bank-furnished copy of the check or money order (front and back) will be needed PRIOR to the case being investigated. 
  • If you reside outside of the city of San Antonio and you are an account holder of a check or money order passed in our jurisdiction, you will need to call 210.207.7273 to have an SAPD report made. If you have made a report in your jurisdiction, you will need to furnish a copy of that report with your Forgery-Account Holder Packet in addition to making an SAPD report. 

The following items are REQUIRED before an investigation can begin: 

  1. San Antonio Police Department report with case number. 
  2. Completion of the appropriate packet related to your case. (click on the appropriate packet) 
    1. Credit/Debit Card Abuse-Cardholder 
    2. Forgery-Acceptor Packet 
    3. Forgery-Account Holder Packet 
    4. Identity Theft 

Investigations are detailed in nature, require specialized investigative techniques and take an extraordinary amount of time to complete. The investigation will involve following a paper trail to build a case for prosecution. Cases that do not meet the minimum solvability factors will be suspended pending further investigation and the evidence maintained. Once we have received the above documents, your case will be reviewed to determine if there is sufficient information to proceed with an investigation. The detective assigned to your case will notify you if further information is required. 

White Collar Unit

The White Collar Unit is responsible for investigating embezzlement, elder fraud, intellectual property crimes (fake merchandise), barratry and other complex financial crimes. As financial technology becomes more elaborate, criminals devise increasingly complicated schemes in an attempt to defraud individuals, businesses and entities. White Collar detectives train continuously to stay on top of crime trends and communicate with businesses and individuals in an attempt to minimize risk and loss. 

 Most white collar crimes are identified over time and don’t constitute an emergency. If your situation does demand immediate attention and is an emergency, please call 911 and ask that an officer respond. Otherwise, due to the complex nature of these crimes and their investigation, we ask that you call us to make an appointment to discuss your case. During your appointment, detectives will have an opportunity to review your records and determine how best to proceed. Detectives will also advise you as to what further documentation will be needed to prove a criminal case. 

To make an appointment with or speak to a detective, please call the White Collar Unit at 210.207.4481.

Related Forms

White Collar Complaint Packet - ElectronicWritten

Contacting the Financial Crimes Unit

Forgery: 210.207.7451 • White Collar: 210.207.4481

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday: 7:45 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. (holidays excluded) 

For general questions or to report information on a crime when the Financial Crimes Unit is closed, please call the Night Criminal Investigations Detail (Night CID) at 210.207.7389.

Report Crimes

To report crimes or provide information on a crime, you may call the numbers listed above. You may also call Crime Stoppers at 210.224.STOP (7867), 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We welcome your suggestions, comments and/or information.

Confidentiality/Release of Information

The Financial Crimes Unit maintains the responsibility of protecting the integrity of criminal investigations. Information relating to a pending criminal investigation or prosecution is one example of information that is not released. Certain information regarding an open, active, or ongoing criminal investigation is protected from release as mandated by State and Federal laws (Texas Code of Criminal Procedure (CCP), NCIC/TCIC, Local Government Code, Penal Code, The Texas Open Records Act, and the Family Code. In most cases, protected information cannot be released until final conviction of the alleged offender or disposition of the case. 

Request for public information or records shall be directed to the SAPD Department of Communications and Public Affairs (Records Unit) or the SAPD Public Information Office.