New FBI digital forensic lab opens in North Texas

DALLAS - North Texas is home to one of only 17 FBI computer forensics labs and training centers in the country devoted to the examination of digital evidence.

FBI Offers Glimpse Into Dallas Lab Where Digital Detectives Help Solve Crimes

The FBI on Tuesday showed off its new forensics laboratory in Dallas, where digital detectives extract data from cell phones and other electronic devices to help solve crimes.

RCFL Service Areas can provide services from evidence seizure to courtroom testimony.

RCFLs train law enforcement to handle, identify, preserve, store, and transport digital evidence. For a schedule, see your local RCFL.

The work of RCFL provides crucial evidence in cases nationwide.


An RCFL is a one-stop, full-service forensics laboratory and training center devoted entirely to the examination of digital evidence in support of criminal investigations such as:

  • Terrorism
  • Child pornography
  • Crimes of violence
  • Trade secret theft
  • Theft or destruction to intellectual property
  • Financial crime
  • Property crime
  • Internet crime
  • Fraud

RCFL Service Areas


Vestavia Hills Father and Son Arrested in Bank Fraud Scheme

Today, a father and son were arrested and charged in a bank fraud scheme in which they provided fraudulent information to financial institutions for the purpose of purchasing boats, luxury vehicles, and heavy equipment, announced U.S. Attorney Prim F. Escalona and Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Johnnie Sharp, Jr.

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Mt. Sterling Crop Insurance Agent and Adjuster Plead Guilty to Crop Insurance Fraud

A Mt. Sterling, Kentucky husband and wife, Michael McNew, 49, and Karen Ann Nickell, 64, pleaded guilty on Thursday, before U.S. District Judge Karen Caldwell, to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and crop insurance fraud, respectively.

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What is computer forensics?

Computer or digital forensics is the application of science and engineering to the recovery of digital evidence using legally acceptable methods. Examiners use digital investigation and analysis techniques to determine what could be legal evidence on devices ranging from computers to cell phones to cameras. Examiners are capable of locating deleted, encrypted, or damaged files and data that may serve as evidence in a criminal or national security investigation.