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Criminal Investigations Division - Protecting Your Taxpayer Dollars

Meet the Chief

Martin D. Cano, Jr. is a native Texan with 17 years of law enforcement experience and more than 20 years of experience with the Comptroller’s office. Chief Cano earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from Texas A&M University and a Master of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Houston at Victoria. He is a graduate of the 2007 FBI Command College held at Rice University. He is a certified public accountant (CPA) and master peace officer, and an instructor certified by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Education.

Chief Cano began his career with the Comptroller’s office as a tax auditor before moving into the Criminal Investigation Division in the early 1990s. As an investigator, he handled many types of cases, including tax fraud (cigarette and tobacco tax, motor fuels tax, motor vehicle tax and sales and use tax), theft, identity theft, counterfeiting and local revenue theft cases. He served as CID’s deputy chief before being appointed chief in May 2011.

Chief Cano is also an instructor specializing in tax fraud audits and investigations for the Federation of Tax Administrators, a national organization. He also serves as the Comptroller’s liaison to other law enforcement agencies as well as the Central Texas Joint Terrorism Task Force.


“It is an honor to serve as chief of the Comptroller’s Criminal Investigation Division, the law enforcement unit with primary responsibility for investigating tax-related crime committed against the state of Texas,” Cano says. “The CID is a diverse group of professional investigators and crime analysts located throughout the state. We are committed to excellence in the investigations we do on behalf of our agency and the people of Texas.”

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