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Web acts as impediment to finding white collar crime suspects

A recent article discussed that the World Wide Web is a new frontier of sorts when it comes to certain criminal activities. Some authorities say that finding suspects allegedly involved in white collar crime schemes becomes difficult when the Internet has been the venue of choice for the scams reportedly committed. Whether in Florida or elsewhere, client information is reportedly swapped online, then profits are transmitted via networks using digital forms of currency. 

In a recent case outside the state, charges were filed in a federal district court where two separate cases are now suspected to be connected. Some say that the alleged crimes seem to be linked to the 2014 hacking of J.P. Morgan Chase's network. In that incident, more than 83 million personal and business accounts were compromised when information was said to be illicitly obtained and shared.

Because of the vast expanse of connections in the World Wide Web arena of online fraud activities, investigators say that it is often difficult to build a case due to the complexities involved in Internet activity. Those charged with investigating such incidents say that there are various levels of secrecy involved in online activity that must be penetrated in order to identify a suspect. Regardless, any person accused of criminal online activity is presumed innocent unless proved guilty in court.

In Florida and all other states, an individual charged with white collar crime has the right to retain legal assistance as he or she prepares for court proceedings. Because the penalties and consequences concerning conviction of such offenses can be quite serious, it might prove beneficial to seek the consultation of a legal professional who has understanding of state and federal laws. Doing so would allow an experienced attorney to assess an individual case and help determine what options might be available with regard to the development of a personal defense strategy.

Source: The New York Times, "The World Wide Web, The New Frontier in Fraud", Peter J. Henning, July 27, 2015

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