White Collar Crimes
Embezzlement, Identity Theft, Fraud, Bribery, Computer
As defined by the Federal Bureau of Investigation a white collar crime is “"characterized by deceit, concealment or violation of trust, and which are not dependent upon the application or threat of physical force or violence." These types of crime stem from the actions that are intended to obtain money, property, services, avoid payments, or secure a personal or business advantage.
Many of these crimes can be exemplified by those we regularly see in the news where corporations embezzle or hide millions of dollars, defraud share holders, engage in insider trading, commit high ticket insurance fraud, or simply attempt to avoid paying taxes.
Whit collar crimes are not limited to the rich and powerful, they encompass all levels of the working class and many times are far less dramatic than those we see on television or in movies. They can include writing bad checks, income tax fraud, and welfare fraud. The main identifying key to these crimes is that they are based on dishonesty and deception rather than violence or force. Here are just some of the white collar crimes that you may be charged with:
• Fraud – This is most common and includes a wide variety of more specific actual crimes or confidence games. It can mean: entering fraudulent contracts, stealing credit cards or checks, writing bad checks, tax evasion, tax fraud, ATM fraud, welfare fraud or dishonesty, insurance fraud, fraudulent sales, mail fraud, marketing scams, telemarketing scams, fraudulent bankruptcy, false advertising, fake loans, falsifying application information, identity theft, impersonation, insider trading, fake or falsifying insurance claim information, and other types of scam attempts that are listed with the Department of Justice as fraudulent crime.
• Embezzlement – This a peculiar type of theft where in some way money or property has been entrusted to the offender who then takes advantage of the situation and steals the money or property. The most common types are when an employee has access to the funds and the employee diverts funds for their own use. It differentiates from larceny in that the offender had some control over the use of the funding in question. This can range in misappropriations from high level employees skimming small amounts of money from bank accounts, or from a waitress who keeps money left by a customer for their tab and keeps it instead. At a state or federal level it carries the same punishment as fraud.
• Forgery or Counterfeiting – These refer to the copying or altering of something in order to pass it off as an original or authentic. Signing another persons name to a check without their permission, the creation of false documents, copying a work of art, or any other attempt at passing off something copied as an original is considered forgery or counterfeiting.
• Bribery – These are crimes that are intended to force another person to act in a certain way. Bribery usually consists of attempting to influence another person’s action through payment or compensation. While extortion may occur simultaneously with bribery and encompass blackmail, threats, or disclosure of personal information.
• Cyber crime – While relatively new and still developing legally, cyber crime is still a rather broad terms. It includes virtually any crime that takes place on the internet or within a network. This may include stealing wireless internet access to or penetrating internet access or network systems in order to launch access denials, shut down programs, steal personal information, access proprietary information, or even to steal programs or resources contained within a computer or network system. Cyber crime may even include child pornography, traditional forms of fraud carried out in cyber space, and other crimes as defined locally or federally for each state in which they occur.
If you are under suspicion for white collar crime, know that you may be under investigation for white collar crime, or if you are facing white collar crime charges, then you need an experienced attorney by your side assisting you through the legal process. White collar crimes typically carry heavy fines, stiff federal charges, and you may even be facing life time prison sentencing. That is why it is imperitve that you consult with a lawyer right away.
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