White Collar Crimes
The term "White Collar Crime" encompasses many distinct crimes. What all white collar crimes have in common is they almost always involve financial fraud of some kind and usually do not involve explicit violence. White collar crime includes:
- Accounting fraud charges
- Bribery, extortion, and racketeering
- Computer hacking, cyberspace and Internet crimes
- Counterfeiting and forgery
- Health care and insurance fraud
- Mail fraud
- Medicare fraud
- Money laundering
- RICO crimes
- Securities and tax fraud
- Terrorist threats and hoaxes
- Wire Fraud
Quite often, white collar crimes are federal crimes and are prosecuted by the United States Attorney. However, these crimes can also be prosecuted by the state and sometimes by both the state and federal government.
Often these crimes are heavily investigated by the FBI, SEC, or other federal investigative agency prior to any charges. It is not uncommon for these agencies to compile a massive amount of evidence on their target (the person who is being investigated and will probably be charged) before the target is even aware of the investigation. These agencies often use the services of an informant, which sometimes is a trusted colleague, business partner, or friend of the target. These agencies will also often question their target as part of an undefined investigation, without even letting the target know that he or she is the one being investigated. This is often the first hint a target gets that he or she is being investigated. Sometimes, the target simply has no clue of an on-going investigation until the day the investigative agency appears with a search warrant.
People often believe that white collar crimes are not as serious as violent crimes and even if convicted, the worst a white collar criminal faces is a lenient sentence in "country club" prison. This is a mistaken belief and a conviction on a white collar crime can result in a long prison sentence in a federal or state penitentiary. It is crucial that anyone charged with a white collar crime contact an experience criminal defense attorney immediately. These crimes are treated by the prosecutor just as harshly as violent crimes.
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