24th Jul 2017
Even the rich and famous are susceptible to being indicted for a crime. In fact, recently, two stars of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey”, Teresa and Joe Giudice, were indicted in 39 federal charges of conspiracy to defraud lenders, bank, mail and wire fraud and bankruptcy fraud. While these are all white collar crimes, the couple could face up to 30 years in prison-a case that would be a challenge for any white collar criminal defense attorney in Fort Lauderdale or Miami or anywhere else. Accused of failing to file tax returns, falsifying loan applications and failing to report assets in a bankruptcy petition, the couple has a lot of things to answer to.
Types of White Collar Crimes
While never as dramatic as a violent crime indictment, white collar indictments are just as serious with very serious consequences. That is why it is equally important for those accused of a white collar crime in South Florida/Fort Lauderdale/Miami to immediately seek assistance from a qualified, experienced white collar criminal defense attorney in South Florida at the first sign of an investigation or indictment. Usually crimes of deception or theft committed by professionals, white collar crimes include some of the following types of offenses.
Payment or receipt of something of value in return for official action.
Fraudulent conversion of the property of someone else by a person who possesses the property. Governed by Title 18 Part 1 Chapter 31 Section 642 of the US Code, embezzlement is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and fines with the severity of punishment based upon the amount of money embezzled.
Fraud that occurs through a computer or the Internet, including the introduction of viruses hacking, copyright violations, and use of a computer without authorization of its owner.
The forcing of someone to give up money or property by using fear, violence or pretense of authority.
When a person knowingly misrepresents a truth for their own gain. Fraud includes lying, falsification, and schemes to take money or other valuables from another.
When a person evades or fails to file his or her tax return.
When a person intentionally lies, either in writing or orally while under oath.
When a person intentionally falsifies Federal or state tax forms. Usually the person purposefully claims an inaccurate amount of deductions hides assets or reports an incorrect income.
White collar crime defense requires the skill of an experienced white collar defense lawyer. Trusting a white collar criminal defense strategy to a lawyer who has little experience in white collar law is a fatal mistake. You need a defense attorney representing you who has a solid record of positive outcomes for white collar crime clients. If you have been charged with a white collar crime, carefully vet any attorney you plan to hire to assure that he or she is well-versed in white collar law and is capable of crafting a workable defense for your case.
A highly experienced South Florida white collar criminal defense lawyer, Scott B. Saul has successfully handled numerous cases that fall under this category.