Office of Investigations
The SIGPR Office of Investigations conducts criminal and civil investigations regarding alleged violations involving fraud, abuse, or misconduct pertaining to CARES Act funds and programs within SIGPR’s jurisdiction.
These investigations focus on potential wrongdoing related to the making, purchasing, managing, or sale of loans, loan guarantees, and other investments made by the Secretary of the Treasury under any program established by the Secretary under Division A of the CARES Act, and the management by the Secretary of any program established under this Act. In addition, the Office of Investigations manages SIGPR’s hotline for reporting fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement.
To maximize criminal and civil enforcement, the Office of Investigations coordinates closely with the U.S. Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, other offices of inspector general, and U.S. Attorney’s offices, as well as other law enforcement partners having concurrent jurisdiction.
Pursuant to the CARES Act, the Office of Investigations incorporates authorities under the Inspector General Act of 1978, as amended. These include statutory law enforcement powers under Section 6(f). The office is comprised of special agents who are sworn federal law enforcement officers, as well as other professional staff. Among the law enforcement powers granted to SIGPR is the ability for special agents to carry firearms, make arrests, and execute warrants for the search and seizure of property.
In furtherance of our investigative efforts, SIGPR special agents and attorneys— serving as investigative counsel— partner on proactive and reactive matters, often working alongside with other members of SIGPR’s multidisciplinary team.