The Criminal Division seeks justice on behalf of the citizens of the state of Louisiana by assisting federal, state and local agencies in the investigation and prosecution of a wide range of criminal matters. The Attorney General’s Office partners with many law enforcement agencies on criminal matters such as insurance fraud and Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC).
Special Services Section
The Special Services Section provides legal services to the state in the areas of (1) extradition; (2) Writs of Habeas Corpus and Appeals in Federal Court; (3) as Amicus Curiae in matters pending before Louisiana Courts as well as the U.S. Supreme Court; (4) preparation of the Attorney General’s Opinions concerning matters of criminal law; (5) state post-conviction applications and state appellate work.
White Collar Crimes Section
The White Collar Crime Section specializes in the investigation and prosecution of economic crime, including theft by fraud, investment and financing frauds and ponzi schemes, racketeering, money laundering and other financial related crimes. This section is assigned the investigation and prosecution of crimes involving public corruption and crimes against the environment.
Prosecution and Technical Assistance Section
The Prosecution and Technical Assistance Section specializes in the prosecution of misdemeanor and felony cases such as theft, robbery, simple criminal damage to property, DWI, traffic violations and children in need of care cases.
Drug and Violent Crimes Section
The Drug and Violent Crimes Section specializes in violent crimes such as murder, rape, aggravated armed robbery, and narcotics cases of all varieties. This section often deals with career felony offenders.
Cyber Crime Unit
The Cyber Crime Unit specializes in investigating computer related crimes that may involve fraud, identity theft, child pornography, attacks against legitimate businesses by hackers, and provides support to local and state law enforcement in the capture and analysis of computer data.
Insurance Fraud Section
The Insurance Fraud Section specializes in consulting with investigators in the AG’s office handling workers compensation cases; interact with investigators at the Department of Insurance in consultations and referrals received from their department; interact with the LA. State Police officers in consultations and referrals during on-going investigations; assist in the prosecution of defendants at the request of the District Attorneys once an investigation is completed.
Medicaid Fraud Control Unit
The Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) aggressively combats the fleecing of taxpayers by fraudulent health care providers. Furthermore, the MFCU seeks to protect our most vulnerable citizens--the elderly and mentally disabled - and vigorously prosecute criminals who prey on them.
Sexual Predator Apprehension Team
The Sexual Predator Apprehension Team oversees the statewide implementation and
enforcement of Louisiana's sex offender and child predator registration and
notification laws with regard to over 13,000 registered sex offenders and child
predators. This is done by working with federal, state, and local investigative
resources, and the public, to make sure offenders who are required to register
do so, or are apprehended for their failure to do so. SPAT also provides
training and consultations to law enforcement, prosecutors, and other state and federal agencies related
to sex offender and child predator registration and notification requirements
under Louisiana law. Lastly, this Team handles all litigation related to the
application of sex offender registration and notification laws and sets
official registration end dates for offenders who have less than lifetime
registration periods. The authority and duties of the unit are set forth in LSA
–R.S. 15:552, 15:544(E), 15:544.1, and 15:544.2.