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What are White-Collar Crimes?

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The term “white-collar crime” usually refers to nonviolent crime committed by professionals and business people. White-collar criminals typically use deception for their own personal gain. Bernie Madoff is perhaps the most famous recent white-collar criminal.

People charged with white-collar crimes can face prosecution in state and federal courts. A number of agencies such as the FBI, the Customs Department, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Internal Revenue Service all take on white-collar crimes.

Common cases that a white-collar Tucson criminal defense attorney encounters include the following:

  • Anti-trust
  • Cyber crime
  • Bank fraud
  • Computer or internet fraud
  • Bankruptcy fraud
  • Healthcare fraud
  • Environmental regulation violation
  • Bribery
  • Insurance fraud
  • Mail fraud
  • Phone fraud
  • Telemarketing violations
  • Insider trading
  • Tax evasion
  • Theft of trade secrets
  • Extortion
  • Intellectual property theft
  • Pyramid schemes
  • Racketeering/RICO
  • Tax fraud
  • Money laundering
  • Counterfeiting
  • Economic espionage
  • Embezzlement

RICO and corporate crimes

A particularly thorny area of white-collar crime involves the federal law called the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO). This law can be employed to prosecute crimes performed as part of an ongoing criminal organization. Racketeering charges that fall under RICO can include gambling, dealing in controlled substances and embezzlement of union funds. The law is broad enough to use in many situations where charges can be brought based on patterns of behavior, instead of single criminal acts.

An experienced attorney at Heurlin Sherlock understands the complexities associated with all types of white-collar cases, including violations of RICO.


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