The Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Investigations Unit (mandated by Colorado Revised Statute [C.R.S.] 42-1-222):
Investigates, detects and prevents fraudulent activity involving a Colorado document, motor vehicle record, title and registration.
Serves as an intelligence agency for outside law enforcement agencies.
Assists victims of identity theft and completes investigations on their behalf, when it involves fraudulent activity of a motor vehicle records, identity theft and criminal impersonation.
For additional information, please visit the Investigations Unit website at http://www.colorado.gov/cs/Satellite/Revenue-MV/RMV/1206604920464
It is the mission of the State of Colorado Motor Vehicle Investigations Unit to protect and preserve the integrity of the motor vehicle records and documents, by investigating, preventing and deterring criminal activity of our records/documents. We strive to work with the citizens of our community to preserve life, maintain human rights, protect personal information, and promote individual responsibility and community commitment.
Crime and public safety are community problems. We are committed to ensuring public safety with assistance of the citizens and the law enforcement community, we must work together to solve them.
Report Suspicious Activity
If you are aware of criminal activity involving a motor vehicle record or document, please contact us by phone or email, you can request that all inquiries remain anonymous. Email at InvestigationsUnit@dor.state.co.us or call 303-205-8383.
Chief of Investigations - F Gonzales
Chief Gonzales serves as the Chief of Investigations for the Motor Vehicle Investigations Unit. She oversees a department of 5 state investigators, 2 administrative assistants and 1 program assistant.
Chief Gonzales is responsible for management of a unit that detects and prevents fraudulent activity concerning Colorado driver licenses, identification cards, motor vehicle records and vehicle titles.
Chief Gonzales currently has 12 years of law enforcement background in both a sworn and civilian capacity. She began her professional career in law enforcement with the City of Aurora Police Department in 2002 and worked several special assignments for the department. She later became a police officer and detective for the Central City Police Department and specialized in internet crimes against children. She also worked special assignments with the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office and Gilpin County Sheriff's Office. She began her career with the State of Colorado in 2008 as an investigator and promoted to chief of the unit in 2010.
In 2011 Chief Gonzales was instrumental in the prosecution and conviction in a Cold Case Homicide from 1980. Chief Gonzales worked diligently to locate historical records through extensive research and analysis. In 2010, Chief Gonzales was instrumental in spearheading a complex investigation with the Department of Homeland Security, Internal Revenue Service and Federal Bureau of Investigation. Chief Gonzales strives to establish strong law enforcement and community partnerships throughout the State of Colorado.
Chief Gonzales has received multiple commendations from law enforcement agencies across the State for the professional work that her entire unit conducts for outside agencies by assisting in solving a myriad of high profile cases for other law enforcement agencies.
Chief Gonzales recently attended the Terrorism Liaison Office (TLO) training with the Colorado Information Analysis Center (CIAC) and became a TLO on behalf of the department. She currently and actively holds her Peace Officer Standard Training certification (POST) and is currently completing her B.S. degree in criminal justice at Metropolitan State University.
Investigator 1 – T Casper
Investigator Casper has been with the State for nearly 22 years, starting in Driver Services in October 1989 before transferring to Investigations in June 2000.
During her tenure with the motor vehicle investigations unit, Investigator Casper has specialized in post-death activity investigations, 3rd party tester fraud and identity theft cases. Investigator Casper has recently been involved in high profile federal investigation which has enhanced her knowledge and experience in working with multiple State and Federal law enforcement agencies.
Investigator Casper was instrumental in the development and utilization of the S.A.V.E. program (Secure and Verifiable Identification), which was prompted after the Real ID Act and was implemented in 2005. Investigator Casper assisted in the issuance of Colorado identification documents to victims of the Katrina aftermath.
Investigator 1 – J Patterson
Investigator Patterson transferred to the Motor Vehicle Investigations Unit in 2010. He has been with the State of Colorado as a Correctional Officer and a State Peace Officer since 1997, and has gained valuable experience in many aspects of law enforcement including investigations, corrections, criminal procedure, statute enforcement, protective services, and mental health aspects within criminal and civil law. Investigator Patterson has an educational background including an Associates degree in Criminal Justice from the Community College of Aurora, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Criminal Justice from the University of Northern Colorado, and a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice and Executive Management from Kaplan University.
Patterson is currently responsible for the detection, prevention and investigation of fraud involving Colorado driver licenses, identification cards, motor vehicle records and title and verification of immigration documents.
Criminal Investigator 1- D Icardi
Investigator Icardi began his law enforcement career in 1998 in the State of Ohio where he was certified as a peace officer and worked patrol for a city police department. In 2004 he moved to Colorado where he was certified by the Colorado POST Board as a peace officer. In Colorado he worked for multiple jurisdictions and was assigned to work patrol, traffic and undercover. During his time as a street officer, he earned numerous letters of accommodation and a Medal of Meritorious Service.
In 2009, Investigator Icardi was hired by the 4th Judicial District Attorney's Office (El Paso and Teller counties) as a Criminal Investigator. In this position, he was assigned to the Special Investigations Unit and investigated white collar crime and identity theft. His work there included initiating and filing felony cases, preparing detailed and thorough investigative reports for prosecuting attorneys, drafting and executing search and arrest warrants, investigating homicides and police officer involved shootings, testifying in hearings and criminal trials, apprehending fugitives, and providing additional support for prosecutors.
Investigator Icardi started with the Motor Vehicle Investigations Unit in 2010 and has since been involved in many multi-jurisdictional, complex indentity theft and fraud investigations. He is currently responsible for the detection, prevention and investigation of fraud involving Colorado driver's licenses, identification cards, motor vehicle records and vehicle titles as well as verification of immigration documents. He focuses the majority of his time on identity theft investigations and fraudulent document recognition. He works hand-in-hand with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies to combat fraud. He is also a member of the Colorado State Investigators Association and is a Terrorism Liaison Officer for the Motor Vehicle Investigations Unit.
Prior to his career in law enforcement, Investigator Icardi earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in marketing from Marietta College and an Associate of Arts degree in Justice Studies from Kent State University. Investigator Icardi has completed over 1,000 hours of specialized law enforcement training since graduating from the police academy in 1998.