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Identity Theft and Fraud (IDTF)
Section 943.0412, Florida Statutes, establishes the Identity Theft and Fraud program to provide support to local law enforcement agencies in the investigation of personal identification information theft and fraud. Awards under this program do not exceed $10,000 each and may be used for overtime hours, travel and training, equipment and supplies required for investigative purposes, and procurement contracts. 

Special consideration is given to applications proposing to use funds to address theft and fraud in vulnerable populations within their jurisdictions. Additional consideration is provided to applicants located within Florida's fiscally constrained counties.
Funding Process

This program is funded through criminal fines for qualifying convictions relating to identity theft, as provided in Section 817.568(12)(a), Florida Statutes. FDLE releases a program solicitation at least every other year. Applications under this program are awarded based on a competitive process. The selection panel reviews applications using pre-defined criteria provided in the solicitation. Recipients selected for award will receive a Financial Assistance Agreement for execution. 

Reimbursement Process

Upon execution of the Financial Assistance Agreement, Recipients are able to request reimbursement for eligible expenses in their approved budget. The steps for this process are described below: 

1. Recipient prepares an IDTF Payment Request Form (Excel).

2. Recipient gathers all required supporting documentation by budget category.
  • Personnel/Fringe Benefits: (a) copy of timesheet that includes member name, date, and case worked; (b) pay stub reflecting the overtime and rate of pay that correlates to the submitted claim; and (c) if requesting benefits, the pay stub must reflect the amount of FICA/retirement (or other benefits) paid by the recipient organization, not the member deduction. 
  • Travel/Training:  (a) copy of training agenda; (b) completed State of Florida travel voucher;  and (c) receipts for hotel, parking, registration, airfare, rental car, etc. Food receipts are not required. Travel will be reimbursed in accordance with State of Florida Travel Guidelines in Section 112.061, Florida Statutes. Mileage claimed must include a printed map showing the total miles between destinations. 
  • Equipment, Supplies, Consultants/Contracts, Other Costs: (a) procurement documentation (quotes, bides, etc.); (b) purchase orders; (c) invoices; and (d) cancelled checks or bank/credit card statements.
3. Recipient prepares and submits detailed performance report. 

4. Recipient submits request form, documentation, and performance report to PatriciaStark@fdle.state.fl.us for review and approval.

Florida Department of Law Enforcement Priorities

FDLE is composed of five areas: Executive Direction and Business Support, Criminal Investigations and Forensic Science, Criminal Justice Information, Criminal Justice Professionalism and Florida Capitol Police. FDLE’s duties, responsibilities and procedures are mandated through Chapter 943, FS, and Chapter 11, FAC. To learn more about these areas, read our Statement of Agency Organization and Operation or visit our Open Government page.