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U.S. Marshals Service

Fugitive Investigations 

Financial Surveillance Unit (FSU)

Man in Handcuffs with CashFSU utilizes legal process and various sources to track a fugitive’s financial activities in “real time” by analyzing debit cards, credit cards, fund transfers, and a host of other credit and banking transactions and information. Since its inception, FSU has been a tremendously successful tool used in fugitive investigations.

What does the U.S. Marshals Service, Financial Surveillance Unit (FSU) do?

FSU employs a systematic, methodical approach to locating and monitoring financial transactions that are being used by a fugitive to avoid apprehension.

ATMThe mission of FSU is to determine and find any and all financial instruments available to a fugitive; monitor these instruments for activity when possible; and provide information obtained to the requesting law enforcement officials.

FSU Locations

FSU investigators are located nationwide in USMS districts and Regional Task Force
regions to support investigations as needed.

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The Marshals Service is the federal government's lead agency for conducting investigations involving: escaped federal prisoners; probation, parole and bond default violators; and fugitives based on warrants generated during drug investigations.

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