Every day, Californians are faced with decisions that fall within gray areas. Is it okay to accept money under certain circumstances? Is it alright to give benefits to friends? Will you get in trouble for failing to report certain acts? These are all very important questions, and going one way or the other could mean the difference between a good business or personal decision and facing criminal allegations.
Extortion is a very serious white collar crime. White collar crimes are those that often involve some sort of illegal financial gain. Extortion, in short, occurs when you acquire property or money by threatening an individual, his or her loved ones, or property. It can also occur if you falsify your claim of right to the property or money. You might think this crime sound like robbery, since there is an element of intimidation or threat, but extortion differs in that the threat does not pose an immediate risk of harm.
The law can be confusing. This statement is no surprise to many, but to some, the intricacies of the legal system can be damning. Particularly, those who operate in the corporate world can suddenly find themselves being accused of running afoul of the law. When this happens, those facing criminal allegations should do everything they can to get the law to support their side of the story.
It may sound frightening, but anyone can find themselves subject of a criminal investigation simply by being at the wrong place, at the wrong time and surrounded by the wrong circumstances. Though this can apply to any criminal offense, it is often particularly true for those accused of white collar crimes, which are those offenses involving finances. One California man may be finding this out firsthand after being taken into custody for alleged computer fraud.
There are numerous types of white collar crimes. Whether it is fraud, embezzlement, or identity theft if a financial transaction or a computer is involved than it will likely be considered a white collar crime. These offenses are often aggressively prosecuted, especially since those who allege to have lost money may speak very loudly on the matter. One type of white collar crime, insider trading, is no exception.
A California man is facing allegations that he took part in white collar crimes, defrauding his company of hundreds of thousands of dollars. According to reports, the 61-year-old contractor is accused of embezzling in excess of $440,000 when he used the company's credit card for personal uses. The man is also accused of using those credit cards to upgrade his vacation residence in Hawaii. In addition to embezzlement, the contractor is accused of property damage and loss and misappropriation of public funds by overcharging a county for his work.
Californians know that taxes can be complicated. If you own a business, then you may find the process of withholding and paying taxes confusing and daunting. However, if you make a mistake with regards to your taxes, you could wind up facing serious criminal allegations. Then, if you do not put forth a strong criminal defense, serious penalties, including prison time, could befall you. Therefore, it is important to know what types of tax activities are considered illegal and how you can defend against any allegations of criminal wrong-doing.
Many Californians may be familiar with copyright infringement. There are many ways in which a copyright can be infringed upon, but it defined as violating the exclusive rights of a copyright holder. This includes making duplicated of DVDs and CDs without authorization. Though some may remember the civil lawsuits that arose during Napster's heyday, few may realize that copyright infringement can actually be a serious criminal offense.
Many Californians know that embezzlement is a serious crime, but are a bit fuzzy on what, exactly, it entails. Embezzlement is theft of money or property by an individual who has been entrusted to watch over them. This is why embezzlement often arises in an employment context, where employees are accused of stealing money from the business. For example, a bank teller is trusted to handle the bank's money and to ensure accounts are credited and debited accurately. If a bank teller starts pocketing money and falsifying account records in an attempt to hide his or her tracks, then embezzlement has occurred.
Our society has become a web of tangled financial transactions and personal information. As technology and the web become an increasing part of our everyday lives, it may become more difficult to keep personal information secret. When an individual discovers that his or her identity has been stolen, authorities will often quickly turn to those who had access to the information, which can leave accused individual facing serious criminal charges.