White collar crimes come in many forms, but one thing that binds them together is that they're investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) at the federal level. The term white collar crime generally refers to crimes involving fraud committed by people in business or the government.
As a criminal defense attorney, I sometimes encounter people who are accused of soliciting donations for fraudulent charities. This is a very serious offense that is routinely investigated by the FBI and state authorities. With Irma breathing down Florida's neck, now is an excellent time to review some tips on avoiding being taken in by false charities.
The former manager of Opa-locka has been sentenced as the result of a years-long federal corruption case. This past September, the 51-year-old defendant pleaded guilty to a federal conspiracy charge, considered to be a white collar crime. He was accused of accepting thousands of dollars in bribes from people in exchange for things like city licenses and code enforcement.
A 46-year-old Florida man is facing two charges of bribery and one charge of official misconduct. The former Florida A&M University admissions officer has been accused of altering records and offering school admission for cash. Each of these charges is considered a white collar crime, and together they will make up the basis for the case that was initiated in March by the Florida Attorney General's Office of Statewide Prosecution.
A Florida construction company has been hit with a lawsuit after a recent ongoing Fort Lauderdale dispute. Fraud, considered a white collar crime, is only one of the counts faced by Cambridge Construction after Happy Land accused the company of failing to pay subcontractors and causing liens to build up against the developer. The suit was recently filed in Broward County Circuit Court and involves a $4.75 million construction contract.
When authorities pull someone over in a traffic stop, they often run a background check using that person's identification information. Recently, authorities outside the state of Florida did so, and ended up arresting the man involved because of an outstanding warrant connected to a white collar crime incident. The crimes the man is said to have committed include stolen money and illicit use of another individual's personal identity information.
A man in Florida recently faced charges related to his deceased mother. The 56-year-old man may face up to more than a decade behind bars if things don't go his way at his sentencing hearing. He has already entered a guilty plea regarding the aggravated white collar crime associated with his deceased mother's Social Security benefits.
For many Florida residents, life may be sailing right along as planned until an unexpected turn of events causes the bottom to drop out. When a serious situation arises, goals, dreams or potential successes may come to a screaming halt. Being charged with a white collar crime is one such occurrence that can quickly put a damper one's lifestyle.
Not all criminal charges include acts of violence. In fact, white collar crime situations are generally defined as incidents that are non-violent. A recent article discussed various aspects of this type of crime, including what might drive a person in Florida or elsewhere to commit such acts.
Whether in Florida, or elsewhere throughout the nation, being charged with criminal wrongdoing can have immediate consequences, even while one is still presumed innocent. The term, "white collar crime" refers to many different types of unlawful activities, but is typically defined as non-violent offenses perpetrated for financial gain. Such crimes may include, but are not limited to, electronic wire fraud, tax evasion or identity theft.