Types of White Collar Crimes
White collar crimes are nonviolent crimes involving criminal activities committed by people in the regular course of their business. These crimes involve bribery, extortion, fraud and embezzlement – usually resulting in financial gain for the perpetrator. This type of crime is generally committed by people in the business world, who are able to gain access to large amounts of other people’s money.
Here are a few of the most frequently committed types of white collar crimes:
Computer and Internet Crimes are those involving a computer and a network. These offenses are committed against individuals or organizations – with a criminal motivation to intentionally harm reputations or cause physical or mental harm or loss, by utilizing modern telecommunication networks such as the Internet.
Conspiracy is an agreement among multiple persons to commit a crime at some point in the future. In order to obtain a conspiracy conviction, the prosecutor must prove that two or more individuals agreed to commit a crime, and that some action has been taken in furtherance of that crime.
Embezzlement is the act of dishonestly withholding assets for the purpose of theft, by one or more individuals to whom those assets were entrusted. This is a type of financial fraud, and is typically premeditated, with the embezzler taking precautions to conceal his activities from the victim.
Bribery is the crime of offering, providing, receiving, or soliciting any item of value in order to influence the actions of an official or other individual in charge of a public or legal duty.
Extortion is the crime of obtaining money, property, or services from any person or entity via coercion. It is frequently practiced by organized crime groups, and the actual obtainment of money or property isn’t required to commit the offense.
Forgery is the process of producing, altering, or imitating objects, information, or documents with the intent to deceive or profit from the sale of the forged item. When the item forged is a record or document it is frequently known as a false document.
Identity theft is a form of stealing a person’s identity, in which someone pretends to be another individual by assuming that person’s identity – generally with the intent of gaining access to resources to obtain credit or other benefits in that individual’s name. This occurs when someone uses another person’s identity information, such as their name, social security number, or credit card number – without their permission – to commit fraud or other crimes.
Fraud is a deliberate deception with the intent of securing unfair or unlawful gain. The aim of fraud is generally monetary gain, and occurs via the misrepresentation of facts through words and actions.
If you’re at risk of being prosecuted for a white collar crime, your career, reputation, and freedom are on the line. Depending on the circumstances, you could be prosecuted at either the state or federal level. At the federal level, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is normally part of the investigation process.
With so much on the line, you need to retain a specialist. You need an attorney capable of handling the case confidently and aggressively – one who refuses to back down, and is ready to go to trial to get a “not guilty” verdict. Don’t let an attorney talk you into a plea, as sometimes happens when they are inexperienced.
There are numerous steps that can be taken to build a strong defense, and the sooner your defense team gets started, the better. To prevent jail or prison time and significant fines, you need to consult a San Diego criminal defense attorney immediately. We will conduct an extensive investigation of the evidence against you – locating and interviewing all of the prosecution’s witnesses, and finding additional ones to support your defense.
We have a proven track record of producing successful outcomes for our clients. If you’re being investigated – or have already been charged with a white collar crime – contact a San Diego white collar crimes lawyer at our Law Office of Gregory Garrison immediately.