White collar crimes are often complex and serious cases. They require attorneys who are experienced in understanding the nature of the allegations, what constitutes actual evidence from the prosecution, and what the implications are if the federal government and agencies like the FBI or the Securities & Exchange Commission choose to become involved. Above all, a Little Rock white collar crimes lawyer must know how to proceed in conducting the vigorous and strategic defense strategy that every defendant deserves.
Are you or someone you love facing white collar crime charges? Call the Law Office of Omar F. Greene before doing anything else. You can reach us by phone at (501) 600-0451 or by filling out our online contact form.
Common Examples of White Collar Crime
A white collar crime can be anything that is non-violent, and where the purpose is financial gain. In some cases, a prosecutor might allege fraud or some other form of deceit. There are other cases where the charge might be a failure to fulfill a fiduciary duty. Professions like financial planning, accounting, and our own profession of law are just a few examples of work where the duty owed to clients is a legally binding responsibility.
The description of white collar crime is broad, meaning the penalties that come with conviction will depend in large part, on the nature of the crime itself, as well as the record of the defendant. Below are a few examples of some of the most common types of white collar crime.
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Embezzlement is more than a legal term for stealing, although in practice that’s what it boils down to. It happens when the person who is charged with the crime also had the responsibility of overseeing the money involved. It is worth pointing out that there are cases where embezzlement charges can actually be an honest mistake. An example might be a business owner inadvertently blurring the lines between their business funds and personal funds, and being reported by their partner. The problem is still a serious one, but not necessarily criminal, if intent cannot be proven by prosecutors.
The insurance industry is complicated, as are the government programs that cover people’s medical expenses. A person might be accused of attempts to defraud either a private insurer or a government agency through overbilling. If the excess funds end up in one’s personal accounts, then healthcare fraud charges might end up linked to embezzlement charges.
Criminal organizations need to find a way to make their money “clean”, so increased funds in bank accounts and stock portfolios don’t arouse the suspicion of investigators. The process by which this is done is called laundering—turning what was dirty into something clean. It can be very easy for an innocent person to become swept up in a money laundering case. The tactics for making money clean is usually multi-layered and often involves people who are completely unaware of what they are involved.
It's imperative that these people and all who are charged with money laundering be represented by an experienced Little Rock white collar crimes attorney.
The potential sentences that come with white collar crimes can include lengthy prison terms, particularly given the possibility that prosecutors might try to multiple crimes together. The above examples are ones that could easily be intertwined, meaning someone convicted could faces sentences on all three. Other white collar crimes include mortgage fraud, identity theft, and a whole lot more.
The details of white collar crimes can be overwhelming. Prosecutors may seek to push frightened defendants into accepting a plea deal even if the evidence is not as strong as it might appear. An experienced Little Rock white collar crimes lawyer, one with a deep familiarity with cases like these, knows how to spot flaws in the prosecution’s case, to give their client the best advice, and to launch a smart, strategic, and vigorous defense.
The Law Office of Omar F. Greene has that deep experience and we’ve earned the respect of the legal community in and around Little Rock. When you or someone you love has been accused of a white collar crime, make our office your first call. We’re available by phone at (501) 600-0451 and can be reached here online to set up a consultation.
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