Mortgage Fraud and Vacant Property Crime

Training and Technical Assistance

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is offering training and technical assistance (TTA) for state and local agencies and organizations that need help in their efforts to prevent, investigate and prosecute mortgage fraud and crimes associated with vacant properties. BJA has established a consortium of national TTA providers with the expertise to respond to a variety of training and technical assistance needs. The consortium consists of National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC), the National District Association (NDAA), the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C), and the St. Petersburg College Center for Public Safety Innovation (CPSI). Available TTA resources include the following:


  • NW3C offers a 3-day, face-to-face training on mortgage fraud to investigators and prosecutors, to help them effectively deal with mortgage fraud cases. NW3Cwill also connect investigators and prosecutors with subject matter experts to help answer case related questions.
  • CPSI provides a variety of training opportunities to criminal justice professionals, first responders and the community. For mortgage fraud, CPSI provides an on-line resource for law enforcement and code compliance officers on how to combat problems in their communities due to increase in the foreclosed and abandoned properties.
  • NCPC, through its nationally-recognized experts and master trainers, offers a training course to discuss the leading causes of abandoned and foreclosed property crime and mortgage fraud. The training includes using comprehensive Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) principles and foreclosed homes. The CPTEd-based strategy is tailored to include law enforcement, city government, and the leaders in each community.

To request help with training and technical assistance, go to http://www.nw3c.org/mortgagefraud/

Power Point Presentations:

Online Class:

  • The Effects of Vacant and Abandoned Properties - Register Here
    This free online course is intended for law enforcement and code compliance officers who occupy the front lines on streets and in neighborhoods, and who deal with citizens and other stakeholders who directly and daily deal with the negative aspects of abandoned properties and neighborhood decline.


Beaureau of Justice AdministrationThis project was supported by Grant No. 2009-D1-BX-K030 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, which also include the Bureau of Justice Statistics, The National Institute of Justice, The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Preventions, the SMART Office, and the Office for Victims of Crime. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the author and do not represent the official position or policies of the United States Department of Justice.