Principal - Financial Investigations
Jim Shoup comes to 360 most recently from his work in owning and operating Midwest Investigative Services where he specialized in forensic accounting and investigations on behalf of clients for defense attorneys.
Prior to this, Jim spent 30+ years as a criminal investigator with the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division (IRS-CI). While at the IRS-CI Jim was responsible for leading investigations which involved; interviewing witnesses, analyzing records, conducting search warrants, gathering evidence, summarizing and presenting reports of investigations to the IRS-CI and to the United States Attorney's Office for prosecution. Jim recommended over 120 cases for federal prosecution and assisted the United States Attorney's office with presenting cases to grand juries and/or trial juries.
Throughout his career, Jim has been assigned to numerous task forces to include the; Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Task Force working drug conspiracy cases, the MN Financial Crimes Task Force (MNFCTF) working on bank fraud, wire fraud, money laundering, and identity theft related investigations.
Over the years Jim has participated in joint investigations with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, United States Secret Service, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, US Postal Inspection Service, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, Minnesota Department of Commerce - Fraud Bureau, and multiple county and local law enforcement agencies.
Jim also has significant experience in tracing assets and identifying them for seizure and/or forfeiture. Jim received both his Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting and his Bachelor of Science Degree in Law Enforcement from Minnesota State University, Mankato, Minnesota. Jim is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), State of Minnesota, certificate #11869 (inactive).
Jim has received many distinctions and awards over the course of his career to include; the U.S. Attorney’s Office Justice Award, USSS Certificate of Appreciation, FBI Certificate of Appreciation, Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) Award, Bureau of Alcohol, Tax and Firearms (ATF) Certificate of Appreciation, Hennepin County Attorney’s Office Leadership and Justice Award, Department of Homeland Security – Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) Award, Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Certificate of Appreciation Awards, Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office Merit Award, and multiple IRS-CI Performance Awards.