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.
White collar crimes are those offenses that are non-violent in nature and are financially motivated. Typically, those accused of these crimes are business employees and government officials. Yet, with the increase in identity theft and various types of fraud, almost anyone can find himself or herself subjected to white collar crime allegations. When this happens, an accused individual should do everything in his or her power to fight the charges in order to protect his or her freedom, finances and reputation.
Many Californians work in occupations where they are entrusted with the funds of others. Whether the company's or investors', it is expected these funds will be protected and used appropriately. Unfortunately, sometimes money goes missing, and when it does, the person to whom it was entrusted may find himself or herself at the center of a federal investigation.
A few weeks back, we wrote about the indictment of California State Senator, Leland Yee, for federal crimes involving public corruption. The allegations of white collar crimes, such as bribery and embezzlement, were serious enough. However, since that time, the full scope of the federal investigation and the allegations against Senator Yee has become very public. The charges now extend beyond white collar crimes to allegations of federal firearm offenses, federal drug crimes and even murder-for-hire.
The federal government takes financial fraud very seriously. Individuals suspected of financial crimes such as fraud or embezzlement often face long and invasive federal investigations, as well as aggressive federal prosecutions. Furthermore, while penalties for financial crimes vary dramatically depending on a variety of factors, federal charges for white collar crimes can carry long prison sentences and hefty fines.
Whether an individual is accused of a regulatory offense or some other federal offense, those who are accused of federal crimes can count on a tough, uphill battle. Fortunately, in the United States a criminal charge is not a conviction. Nevertheless, prosecutors do not bring cases to court unless they intend to convict. That is why it is so vital that individuals charged with federal crimes consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney.
Federal law enforcement authorities take tax evasion and fraud very seriously. Individuals found guilty of federal tax crimes, such as willfully evading taxes or defrauding the government of tax revenue, can face harsh consequences. Because of the serious consequences of a conviction, it is vital that individuals facing a federal case for tax crimes consult with an experienced federal criminal defense attorney immediately.
The Federal Bureau of investigation and the U.S. Department of Justice take the federal offense of human sex trafficking very seriously. Individuals convicted of the federal offense face serious consequences such as long jail terms, financial penalties and classification as a sex offender. The federal crime of human sex trafficking is generally defined as forced prostitution. The crime has been a large target of federal agents.
Uncle Sam has a precarious sense of humor. Rather than letting bygones be bygones, federal prosecutors have a tendency to prosecute what it perceives as crimes against the government very seriously. One of the most common federal crimes committed against the government involves tax fraud. Individuals facing federal accusations for tax fraud can face long prison sentences, huge financial penalties and much more.
Individuals accused of sex crimes can be charged under federal or state law. While the consequences for sex offenses under California state law are severe, the penalties for federal charges are often significantly worse. The following is a brief account of 12 individuals who were recently arrested and charged following a federal investigation into alleged crimes involving minors that occurred in California.