The Yolo County District Attorney's Office has been awarded $56,805 from the state Attorney General's Privacy and Piracy Fund.
The program provides funding to district attorneys' offices statewide to investigate and prosecute identity theft and intellectual property theft, also known as piracy.
The Yolo County DA's high-tech unit investigates numerous identity theft and counterfeiting cases each year, according to a District Attorney's Office news release. The grant funds will be used to train digital forensic investigators and purchase forensic equipment for the high-technology lab.
Officials said high-tech expertise and equipment were employed in a recent elder abuse case in which a bookkeeper embezzled more than a half million dollars from an elderly woman. They said the high-tech investigator was able to prove that the bookkeeper fraudulently created and back-dated documents on her computer, which eventually led to her conviction.