James Wong has spent over thirty
years in law enforcement. He retired from the Louisiana State Police as a sergeant. While with the state police, he served
as the in their intelligence division, criminal investigations division, as well as their uniform division.
After leaving the state police,
he joined the U.S. Customs Service, where he worked in the areas of money laundering, narcotics and arms trafficking, as well
as child pornography. He has held management positions at the first line and senior management. In 1999 he was transferred
to the Internal Affairs Division, where he remained until the merger of the Customs Service into the Department of Homeland
Security. There the Internal Affairs Division morphed into the Office of Professional Responsibility. He is currently responsible
for internal investigations for the pacific states as well as parts of Colorado, Idaho, Minnesota, Nevada, Utah Wyoming and
parts of Arizona.
Mr. Wong is married with two daughters and two grandchildren. He is also a military veteran.
This book defines
the aspects of corporate and government corruption. The elements, motives, and causes, as well as the role of the investigator
will be presented. Ethical issues and corporate considerations will be examined. Case studies from a civil, criminal and internal
perspective are reviewed.
Louisiana State Police Department
Louisiana's first attempt at law enforcement on a statewide level came in 1922 in
response to the arrival of the automobile. Louisiana had 2,700 miles of roadway and an estimated 102,000 vehicles. The Louisiana
Highway Commission was created and given the power to appoint inspectors to enforce laws relating to the highways. The Commission
operated with the state divided into ten districts; sixteen officers patrolled the entire state. During the two year period
from 1922 to 1924, 114 serious accidents and 18,918 violations of motor vehicle laws were reported.
In 1992 the department took over a new and much more complex responsibility: riverboat and video poker gaming. Operating
with a small contingency of troopers, the Louisiana State Police began formulating the tough licensing process for all who
either wished to own a river boat casino or operate a video poker franchise. Although the task seemed overwhelming, experienced
"highway patrolmen" quickly adjusted from law enforcers to regulators. The department began to flourish with new
equipment and more manpower as a result of being the chief watchdog of the new gaming industry. With this newly added equipment
and manpower, the department was able to take on a different role in law enforcement, that of assisting all law enforcement
agencies by using the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS). AFIS provides law enforcement with a tool that instantly
identifies a person through his fingerprints which are imperative to criminal identification and arrest. Also, a totally updated
800 megahertz radio system was implemented which allows multi-agency or jurisdiction coordination among all law enforcement
As part of
the criminal investigative side of the Bureau of Investigations, the Detective Section is comprised of both Detectives and
the Insurance Fraud Unit. The Insurance Fraud Unit provides a specialized, focused effort towards combating specific types
of crime. The Insurance Fraud Unit works closely in partnership with our state’s insurance industry and focuses their
efforts towards all types of insurance fraud and auto theft. The Detectives are responsible for the investigation of violent
crime, property crime, white collar/economic crime, identity theft, related financial crimes, internet child predators/pornography
as well as cyber-related crimes, and apprehension of criminals and fugitives.