The San Bernardino County Specialized Prosecutions Group (SPG) investigates and/or prosecutes cases that involve Consumer Fraud, Environmental Crime, and Workplace Fatalities.
In most instances, the fraud or crime is first reported to the local Police, County Sheriff or other Agency charged with enforcement of the laws or regulations suspected of being broken. See our “Frequently Asked Questions” section for links to instructions on how and where to report violations of consumer law, environmental crime or industrial accidents/fatalities.
Consumer fraud in many cases will involve Unfair Business Practices. We review and investigate complaints that involve unlawful, unfair or fraudulent business acts or practices as well as any unfair, deceptive untrue or misleading advertising
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. The district attorney reviews and evaluates cases received from other agencies to determine whether to prosecute a business or person for an unlawful or unfair business practice. Enforcement options include criminal prosecution, or filing of civil lawsuits. The remedies sought by the district attorney are designed to make right what has been wronged, and can include court orders to immediately stop the unfair business practice, and sometimes to pay fines or penalties, and if possible restitution to the victims of the unfair practices. The goal of such remedies is to protect the consumer and other businesses from injurious unlawful or unfair practices.
The district attorney also prosecutes those complex crimes which harm the environment. Environmental crimes involve statutes and regulations designed to protect the environment as well as the health and welfare of the citizens. These types of cases can include violations of laws regulating the handling, storage and disposal of hazardous waste and materials as well as air and water pollution.
The district attorney often collaborates with local, state and federal government agencies to address environmental issues, and investigate those issues that are crimes. We will prosecute to the fullest those who gain unfair advantage over their competitors and hurt the environment by not following the rules and laws that are adhered to by the legitimate businesses.
As with the consumer protection cases, the remedies sought can be had through either criminal cases where people can be sentenced to jail or prison, or civil lawsuits. The remedies for environmental harm can include cleanup of the hazardous substances, financial penalties and fines, and court orders for protective measures designed to prevent the environmental harm from occurring again.
INDUSTRIAL/WORKPLACE INJURY OR FATALITIES
Nobody goes to work to die. The district attorney follows that truth to address those tragic accidents that substantially injure or cause the death of someone who just wanted to work. Working in conjunction with the Department of Industrial Relations Division of Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA,) the district attorney evaluates reports of workplace injuries and fatality. The District Attorney’s Bureau of Investigations (B of I) is an “on call 24/7” agency when it comes to workplace safety. The B of I, along with OSHA investigators, will roll out to job sites and work places when a substantial injury or fatality occurs.
It is the goal of the district attorney to encourage employers and businesses to follow safe practices for their employees to ensure their continued production and contribution to the San Bernardino County. Whenever someone is hurt or killed due to violations of workplace safety regulations, the district attorney will investigate and prosecute those cases where the employer/business didn’t follow the rules.
Remedies sought by the district attorney for workplace law violations can be achieved through either criminal filings against business or those responsible for the injury/death, or civil lawsuits against those responsible parties. The district attorney will seek to impose substantial civil or criminal (or both) consequences on those businesses who profiteer and cut corners to save time and money by disregarding worker safety.