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Transnational Organized Crime, Public/Private Sector Partnerships and the Global Trafficking of Contraband

Monday, 8 December
15:45-16:35
Breakout 2

Major theft crimes committed by transnational criminal enterprises have a devastating impact on the global economy. Estimates of annual losses are in the tens of billions of dollars. Major theft crimes are “gateway crimes”, committed by sophisticated criminals and terrorists as funding mechanisms. This presentation will discuss the role of the FBI in combating the global trafficking of contraband and will include an overview of a long-term undercover operation. Understanding the organizational structure, scope, motivations, and modus operandi of transnational criminal enterprises, as well as the importance of public/private sector partnerships, are important for a comprehensive law enforcement strategy.

Presented by: Eric Ives, Unit Chief, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Headquarters - International Organized Crime Task Forces, USA

Eric Ives is the FBI’s primary contact and subject matter expert for all matters related to Cargo Theft, Organized Retail Theft, Art Theft, and Jewelry/Gem Theft. Special Agent Ives has worked in various capacities over his 19-year FBI career, with emphasis on contraband-focused programmes. While assigned to the Interstate Theft Task Force in Los Angeles, he was the Case Agent on a long-term undercover operation which successfully dismantled many criminal enterprises engaged in the international transportation of stolen property. The operation forced the closure of many black-market retailers and resulted in more than 100 arrests and the recovery of millions of dollars of stolen property. Ives has received national awards from the National Retail Federation, American Trucking Association, Jeweler’s Security Alliance, and Department of Justice.