Jefferson Parish White Collar Crime Lawyer
Many people think that white collar crimes are fairly minor. Unfortunately, that is not true. White collar crimes such as embezzlement, healthcare fraud, and bankruptcy fraud carry long prison sentences, high fines, and other penalties for those convicted. Additionally, many white collar crimes are a violation of federal law, which means sentences include time in federal prison. If you have been charged, it is critical to speak to a Jefferson Parish white collar crime lawyer who is familiar with federal law and the defenses used in these cases.
What are White Collar Crimes?
The term ‘white collar crime’ does not refer to a specific criminal offense. Instead, it refers to a number of different crimes that typically involve concealment, deceit, or violation of trust. Unlike other crimes, such as those that involve violence, white collar crimes do not usually cause physical harm. Financial harm is the most common consequence for victims of white collar crimes.
Bankruptcy gives many people the chance to start off with a clean slate financially. The bankruptcy process, though, is very clear and you must comply with certain laws. Charges of bankruptcy fraud are most common when a business or individual filing for protection is accused of making false statements, concealing assets, or violating other bankruptcy laws.
Like the bankruptcy process, individuals trying to obtain a mortgage are required to remain honest and transparent throughout the entire process. When an individual or company intentionally makes false statements, misrepresents the truth, or omits important information to a lender in order to secure a home or business loan, they may be charged with mortgage fraud.
Money laundering occurs when a person unlawfully conceals the origin of money obtained from criminal activity. For example, someone may be involved in drug trafficking. In order to conceal the origin of their profits, they may set up a business and use transactions to ‘clean’ the money obtained by illegal means.
Embezzlement usually occurs when an individual steals money or property of value from a business or their employer. The individual is usually a trusted person who takes advantage of their position in order to commit theft. Embezzlement is not usually a one-time occurrence and it typically occurs over a long period of time.
Credit Card Fraud
Credit card fraud can take many forms. A person may illegally obtain someone else’s credit card and misrepresent themselves so they can use it. Or, a person who lawfully carries a credit card may make false statements to a credit card company in order to get charges and debt removed. Creating or cloning illegitimate credit cards is another form of fraud.
Our White Collar Crime Lawyer in Jefferson Parish Can Help with the Above Charges
The above charges are some of the most common types of white collar crimes, but there are many more, as well. At the Law Office of Robert S. Toale, our Jefferson Parish white collar crime lawyer has experience with all of the possible offenses and can defend your charges so you have the best chance of obtaining a favorable outcome. Call or text us now at 504-370-9233 or chat with us online to schedule a free consultation and to learn more.