The Consumer Protection Unit is a sub-unit of the Economic Crimes Division and was first organized in 1971. The unit is composed of deputy district attorneys, criminal investigators, and paralegals dedicated to protecting consumers and law-abiding businesses from fraudulent and unfair business practices within San Diego County.
Services provided by the Consumer Protection Unit include:
- Investigation of complaints from individuals and businesses
- Prosecution of civil and criminal consumer fraud violations
- Educating the public by providing a Consumer Newsletter, pamphlets, and via public speaking engagements
- Referral to agencies with appropriate jurisdiction to assist complainants