It's all too easy to become involved in a federal criminal investigation these days. You just have to work in an office, handle certain pieces of paperwork or be present when some questionable events occur to end up facing investigators.
There's been a lot of media attention on the high-profile arrests of executives for a variety of white collar crimes, including securities violations, tax evasion and violating laws regarding United States sanctions.
Restitution is designed to compensate the victims of a crime for their financial losses as much as possible. It's commonly ordered when someone is convicted of a financial crime, like embezzlement or fraud.
A doctor in Illinois was recently convicted of health care fraud, identity theft and lying about the delivery of medical treatment in a case involving $3.5 million worth of fake operations.
Insider trading is illegal, and it can land you in federal prison. So why would anybody risk it?
There's no real way to predict whether you'll ever be involved in a white collar criminal investigation. Even if you don't do anything wrong, you could still end up in an investigator's sights if you're connected on a personal or professional level to someone who did do something wrong.
Most people know that they have the right to remain silent during an interrogation by the police. It's guaranteed by the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution.
You probably realize that you should never allow the police to search your residence without a warrant. Insisting on a warrant is the only way to make certain that the police don't exceed their authority and that your rights are protected.
Do you know the difference between tax avoidance, tax fraud and tax evasion? The terms are often used almost interchangeably on the news when someone is in trouble with the law -- but the terms don't actually mean the same thing at all.
While big trials make headlines, there are plenty of white collar criminal cases that get adjudicated through a plea deal. In fact, it's probably hard to look at the news, these days, without reading something about another white collar defendant who just pled guilty.