Northern California Computer Crimes Task Force
Edward S. Berberian, Jr.
The Northern California Computer Crimes Task Force (NC3TF)
was formed in June of 2000. NC3TF started with five core
counties which included Marin, Sonoma, Napa, Solano and
Contra Costa County. Throughout the years we have expanded
our service area and have added Lake, Mendocino, Tehama,
Shasta, Trinity, Humboldt, Siskiyou and Del Norte counties.
NC3TF main operation is located in Napa County with a satellite
office in Shasta County. We are one of five State of California
Computer Crimes Task Forces. The District Attorneys in the
state, along with top law enforcement personnel, and
representatives of the high technology industry recognized
the need for a unit of specially trained investigators to
combat the growing problem of high technology crime and
NC3TF is responsible for the investigation, apprehension of
the responsibles and the recovery of stolen property for the
- Computer related crimes as designated in PC 502. These include Major thefts, robberies and embezzlements of technology hardware, software and intellectual property.
- Telecommunications fraud.
- Child Pornography, (PC 311) when accomplished with a computer and / or Internet usage.
- Gray market manufacturing, sales and possession of counterfeit technology products.
- Money laundering when accomplished with the use of a computer or electronic banking transfer.
- Unlawful access, destruction of, or unauthorized entry into use of private, corporate or government computers and networks.
- Identity Theft.
NC3TF is comprised of highly skilled investigators from
Marin, Sonoma, Napa, Solano, Lake, Humboldt, Shasta, and
Contra Costa Counties. There are currently 12 full time
investigators and several part time investigators assigned
to the Task Force. They average 18 years in law enforcement
and 14 years of investigation experience. These investigators
are supported by the very best attorneys who are trained in
the prosecution of high technology crime.
In addition to the criminal investigations, NC3TF is charged
with providing law enforcement personnel and industry
representatives training in a variety of topics. These
topics range from basic investigation of high technology
crime, the identification and prevention of high technology
crime and identity theft.