White Collar Crimes
White collar crimes are unlawful acts conducted in a business or professional setting which are performed with the goal of achieving financial gain at the expense of another party. White collar crimes are typically non-violent in nature but can do tremendous financial harm and other damages to those affected by these criminal offenses. White collar crimes are considered serious felony offenses. Punishment for these crimes is often substantial and can include fines, imprisonment, probation, and other penalties based on the nature and severity of the white collar crime.
Fraud is a very broad and significant type of white collar crime. Generally speaking, fraud is the deliberate deception of another party for the purpose of securing an unfair or unlawful gain. Fraud can be carried out in a number of settings by a number of means. Securities fraud, insurance fraud, and health care fraud, for example, are all industry-specific types of white collar crime. Fraud is also classified by how it is carried out. Internet fraud, tax fraud, mail fraud and telemarketing fraud are all specific types of fraud. Credit card fraud and identity theft are also considered to be types of white collar fraud.
Other types of white collar crime are related to corruption and unlawful practices in business and politics. Police corruption and government corruption are two examples of white collar crime. This corruption can involve specific crimes such as money laundering, extortion, bribery, and conspiracy to commit other criminal offenses. These white collar crimes can be perpetrated by individuals other than police and public officials.
White collar crimes can also be related directly to the business environment. For example, embezzlement is the crime of coming into possession of property legally, as in a fiduciary relationship. The crime, however, is misappropriating this property, or assuming rights to it, unlawfully. A number of other white collar crimes are carried out in the business environment.
Other white collar crimes can include counterfeiting, perjury, forgery, computer hacking, ticket scalping, and much more. The perpetrators of white collar crimes are often considered upstanding and powerful professionals. The victims of these crimes can include individuals and groups of consumers, employers, another place of business, an organization, the government, and society as a whole.
White collar crime is typically handled through the federal courts . These cases are usually complex and require a great deal of specialized knowledge to properly litigate. If you or a loved one has been accused of a white collar crime, there is a lot at stake. To protect and maximize your rights, it is important to contact a qualified and experienced criminal defense lawyer.
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