Financial Investigator, Elder Abuse Multidisciplinary Team

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Finance
Posted on August 5, 2022
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The King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office (PAO) is seeking candidates for a Financial Investigator to join the Elder Abuse Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) within the Economic Crimes Unit of the Criminal Division.  The MDT is funded through the end of 2023, with the possibility of an extension. This is a professional position investigating or assisting in the investigation of economic crimes against the elderly from initial intake through trial.   The Financial Investigator is a liaison with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies as well as with private agencies and corporations, particularly bank security, audit, and investigative personnel.  

We value diversity in our team and embrace the cultural and demographic qualities of the King County community. We work to attract and retain a team that represents the range of backgrounds and perspectives that arise from differences of culture and circumstances. We value the ideas and brilliance that come from lived experience. Candidates with such experience are strongly encouraged to apply.

About the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office
 Criminal Division is the largest of four divisions and is organized into several specialized units.  See the Criminal Division Overview for more information. We are guided by our core values of Integrity, Compassion, Professionalism, and Leadership.
Our mission is to do Justice:

  • We exercise the power given to us by the people with fairness and humility.
  • We serve our diverse community, support victims and families, and hold individuals accountable.
  • We develop innovative and collaborative solutions for King County and the State of Washington.
To learn more about the PAO, please visit our website.

Who May ApplyThis position is open to all qualified applicants. This position is also exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and therefore not overtime eligible.    
Funding for this position is through 2023 with the possibility of an extension. 

Work Location: In-person/telecommuting hybrid,  King County Courthouse. 516 3rd Ave, Seattle, WA. 98104

The PAO requires that all candidates reside in Washington State and within a reasonable distance to their primary county worksite to respond to workplace reporting requirements. 


Work Schedule: This position works a 35-hour work week schedule, normally Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

TelecommutingThis position is eligible for telecommuting except for tasks that require an on-site or in-person presence to fulfill the business needs of the position, unit, division and mission.  A county issued laptop will be provided and employees must maintain a workspace with an internet connection where they can reliably perform work and remain available and responsive during scheduled work hours.   

Salary: Range 63 

(Step One) $44.7030 - (step 10) $56.6636
$3,129.00 - $3,966.20 Biweekly 
$92,982.24 - $117,860.29 Annually 

Application Process: 

Interested individuals must complete the three application components:  

1) Submit a resume and cover letter 
2) Respond to the supplemental questions 
3) Fully complete King County application. ** 

***Applications and/or supplemental questionnaires that state “see my resume” or are blank, are considered incomplete and will not be considered competitive.    


Selection Process 

Materials will be reviewed for qualifications, and the most competitive candidates may be invited to participate in a panel interview process.  

For more information regarding this recruitment, please contact:   

 Karla Avila Vargas (She/Her)

Special Requirements 

Finalists must successfully submit to a criminal background check, reference check, and be fingerprinted. 

Job Duties

The Financial Investigator serves as a key member of the Elder Abuse Multidisciplinary Team, and participates in and contributes to meetings and investigations as required. Their job duties involve the following:

  • Review of materials received in an investigation to determine if additional investigation is required; use public records to identify assets; direct and coordinate financial aspects of investigation; coordinate with deputy prosecutors and law enforcement on additional evidence to be obtained.  
  • Extensive creation of spreadsheets; receive data contained in available bank or phone records, sources of income, or any other requested or required analyses.
  • Prepare cases for trial, including preparing charts or diagrams and other exhibits as needed, and testify in court or other proceedings as needed.
  • Assist federal, state, and local law enforcement officers and investigators in their investigations, advising in areas of financial investigation.
  • Perform related duties as required.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

  • A minimum of three years financial analysis experience, with an emphasis on fraud related investigations.  Familiarity with general criminal justice is desired, but not required, for this position.
  • A Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) certification or candidate in the process of obtaining CFE credentials, is required.
  • Knowledge of all aspects of financial investigation and analysis techniques, including knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).  
  • Extensive knowledge and use of Microsoft Excel, Scan Writer and PowerPoint; knowledge of other computer applications necessary to accomplish the duties as required. 
  • Knowledge of state and federal statutes relating to financial crimes. 
  • Ability to develop innovative investigation methods.
  • Skill in maintaining organized case files and paperwork flow throughout investigations.
  • General knowledge of federal, state, and local police and regulatory agencies concerned with consumer protection and economic crime.
  • General knowledge of real estate and securities transactions. 
  • Skill in conducting lengthy and complex investigations to work under deadlines, to set priorities and to synthesize large quantities of information.
  • Demonstrated communication skills. Candidate must be able to effectively convey investigatory findings both orally and in writing, including testifying in court.
  • Excellent relationship-building skills, organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Self-starter with initiative, independent judgment and critical thinking skills.
  • Must be able to accept feedback and supervision. 
  • Demonstrated predictable and reliable attendance.
  • Commitment to Equity and Social Justice work including ongoing cultural competence development. 
Other Qualifications:
Qualified candidates will be provided sample financial data and other case information and be required to prepare a written summary of the case findings, including Excel spreadsheets, graphs, and charts. Candidates will then be required to present these findings in an oral presentation to the interview panel.
Other Necessary Requirements:
  • Minimum 4-year degree in accounting, finance, or related field.
  • Washington State Driver's License is required.
  • Must pass a criminal history background check and fingerprinting.
  • Must be able to sit and/or stand for extended periods of time.  

Supplemental Information

Forbes recently named King County as one of Washington State's best employers.  

Together, with leadership and our employees, we're changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence. Are you ready to make a difference? Come join the team dedicated to serving one of the nation's best places to live, work and play.  
The Prosecuting Attorney's Office is dedicated to making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. We value diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workforce equity. Equitable recruiting, support, and retention is how we will obtain the highest quality workforce in our region; a workforce that shares and will help advance our guiding principles--we are one team; we solve problems; we focus on the customer; we drive for results; we are racially just; we respect all people; we lead the way; and we are responsible stewards. We encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans. 


COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement 
Prosecuting Attorney's Office employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are the successful candidate for the position you applied for, our office will send you a conditional offer letter. 
As a condition of employment, prior to a final offer of employment, you will be required to: 

  • submit proof of vaccination, or 

  • have an approved request for medical or religious exemption and an approved accommodation. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation. 

People are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after receiving the final dose of a vaccination approved by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 
King County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer 
No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class. Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation. 


Reasonable Accommodation 
Persons with disabilities may request special accommodations from the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office in order to participate in a selection process or to perform work once hired. Requests for accommodations should be made as soon as possible. This may be done by a written letter or an appropriate alternative format to our offices, or phone 206-477-1205. 
To Apply 
If you are interested in pursuing this position, please follow the application instructions carefully. If you need this announcement in an alternate language or format, would like to request accommodation or assistance in the application or assessment process. If you have questions please contact your recruiter listed on this job announcement. 

Tracking Number:  104S-2022-AUG-REG

King County offers a highly-competitive compensation and benefits package designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees and support our employees' health and well-being.  Eligible positions receive the following benefits and have access to the following programs:

  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage: King County pays 100% of the premiums for eligible employees and family members
  • Life and disability insurance: employees are provided basic coverage and given the opportunity to purchase additional insurance for both the employee and eligible dependents
  • Retirement: King County employees are eligible to participate in a pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and a 457(b) deferred-compensation plan
  • Transportation program and ORCA transit pass
  • 10 paid holidays each year (plus 2 personal holidays)
  • Generous vacation and paid sick leave
  • Paid parental leave, family and medical leaves, and volunteer leave
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Wellness programs
  • Onsite gyms and activity centers
  • Employee giving program
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Flexible schedules and telecommuting options, depending on position
  • Training and career development programs
For additional information about employee benefits please visit our Benefits, Payroll, and Retirement Page.

This is a general description of the benefits offered to eligible King County employees, and every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy.  If any information on this document conflicts with the provisions of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the CBA prevails.  Also, in the event of any incorrect information in this document, applicable laws, policies, rules, CBAs, or official plan documents will prevail.
NOTE:  Benefits for Term Limited Temporary (TLT) or Short Term Temporary (STT) positions, including leave eligibility and/or participation in the pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems, will vary based upon the terms and details of the position. Short Term Temporary positions are not eligible for an ORCA transit pass.
For inquiries about the specifics of this position, please contact the recruiter identified on this job posting.

The Prosecuting Attorney's Office requires that all employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. To meet this requirement, all employees must provide proof of vaccination approved by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
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