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Michael Flax

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Michael Flax retired January 2005, as assistant special agent in charge, Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, San Diego, California. He has also served as a special agent with the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigative Division, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and the United States Customs Service, Office of Investigation.


Michael has directed investigations involving violations of federal laws including drugs, money laundering, arms and strategic technology investigations, computer crimes, customs fraud and intellectual property rights violations, and asset forfeiture. He has directed several highly successful international covert operations involving drugs and arms and strategic technology investigations.


Michael has spoken at national meetings and conventions as a subject matter expert and he has received a number of commendations and awards, including the Commissioner’s Trade Enforcement Strategy Award and nominated Special Agent of the Year.

Conspiracy Investigations

This book is designed to provide students with a basic and philosophical understanding of the investigatory process regarding conspiracy crime(s). Through this text, students will explore the fundamental and advanced features of investigation, duties and responsibilities of relevant criminal justice entities, information-gathering skills, collection, preservation, and testing of evidence, use of technology, and types of evidence.


Economic Crimes

This text explores current trends in economic crimes and the investigative techniques used to combat these offenses. Relationships between victims and offenders will be examined. Students will understand motives and common methods of operation associated with economic crimes.

About the Department of Homeland Security

After the terrorist attacks of September 11th, by executive order the Department of Homeland Security was created.  A large number of federal agencies were reorganized and became units within the DHS.  The agencies slated to become part of the Department of Homeland Security will be housed in one of four major directorates: Border and Transportation Security, Emergency Preparedness and Response, Science and Technology, and Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection.


The Border and Transportation Security directorate will bring the major border security and transportation operations under one roof, including: The U.S. Customs Service (Treasury); The Immigration and Naturalization Service (part) (Justice); The Federal Protective Service; The Transportation Security Administration (Transportation); Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (Treasury); Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (part)(Agriculture); Office for Domestic Preparedness (Justice).


The Emergency Preparedness and Response directorate will oversee domestic disaster preparedness training and coordinate government disaster response. It will bring together: The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA); Strategic National Stockpile and the National Disaster Medical System (HHS); Nuclear Incident Response Team (Energy)

Domestic Emergency Support Teams (Justice); National Domestic Preparedness Office (FBI).


The Science and Technology directorate will seek to utilize all scientific and technological advantages when securing the homeland. The following assets will be part of this effort: CBRN Countermeasures Programs (Energy); Environmental Measurements Laboratory (Energy); National BW Defense Analysis Center (Defense); Plum Island Animal Disease Center (Agriculture).


The Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection directorate will analyze intelligence and information from other agencies (including the CIA, FBI, DIA and NSA) involving threats to homeland security and evaluate vulnerabilities in the nation's infrastructure. It will bring together: Federal Computer Incident Response Center (GSA)

National Communications System (Defense); National Infrastructure Protection Center (FBI); Energy Security and Assurance Program (Energy)


The Secret Service and the Coast Guard will also be located in the Department of Homeland Security, remaining intact and reporting directly to the Secretary. In addition, the INS adjudications and benefits programs will report directly to the Deputy Secretary as the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

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