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White Collar Crimes

White collar crime is the terminology used to describe those crimes perpetrated (mostly) in an office or "white collar" environment. Non-violent in nature, white collar crimes tend to be treated differently by the courts. On one hand the white collar defendant is not accused of doing physical harm in the perpetration of the crime, and therefore when it comes to determining the sentence for such crimes the courts are less-likely to put white collar criminals in the same "classification" as those that have committed acts of violence.

On the other hand, white collar crimes account for $200 billion in loss each year, a number far higher than that of more "traditional" crimes like burglary or theft, prompting greater scrutiny from law enforcement and justice officials. When you have been accused of a white collar crime such as embezzlement or computer fraud you must respond immediately by hiring an experienced white collar defense attorney that understands all of the complicated issues, legal and factual, that surround the prosecution of a white collar case.

Being accused of a white collar crime is embarrassing and frustrating. It is hard to know who to trust and what to do. But a little bit of legal knowledge can keep you from making mistakes that can impact on your future. The term "white collar crime" usually refers to business-related financial crimes, such as fraud or embezzlement. These crimes violate federal laws and are typically charged in federal court.

Some examples are:

  • Asset Forfeiture/Money Laundering
  • Bankruptcy Fraud
  • Corporate Fraud
  • Financial Institution Fraud   Failures
  • Health Care Fraud
  • Hedge Fund Fraud
  • Insurance Fraud
  • Mass Marketing Fraud | Threat Overview
  • Mortgage Fraud
  • Piracy/Intellectual Property Theft
  • Securities   Commodities Fraud
  • Advance Fee Schemes
  • Health Insurance Fraud
  • Identity Theft
  • Letter of Credit Fraud
  • Nigerian Letter or 419 Fraud
  • Redemption Fraud
  • Ponzi Schemes
  • Prime Bank Note Scams
  • Pyramid Schemes
  • Telemarketing Fraud

Penalties for white collar crime violations include:

  • Fines
  • Jail time
  • Restitution (returning money or property)
  • Forfeiture (giving up money or property)
  • Supervised release
  • Home detention


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