Crime comes in many forms. We tend to think of a "criminal" as someone who burglarizes a home or shoots a gas station employee. We don't tend to think of well-respected doctors who switch a few numbers around.
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.
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.
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.
White-collar crimes can come in many different shapes and sizes. However, the general definition of white-collar crime is an act of fraud or deceit committed for financial gain. In addition, the perpetrators of these offenses are typically professionals. For a long time, most people viewed law enforcement and prosecutors as weak on white-collar crime. While this may have been true at some point in U.S. history, it is certainly not the case today. Today, white-collar crimes are taken very seriously.