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White Collar crime is one of the crimes du jour. White Collar crime is a generic term that includes many different types of criminal charges.


List of White Collar Crimes

a partial list of White Collar crimes includes: Embezzlement, Money Laundering, Bribery, Forgery, Theft by Deception, Deceptive Practice, Theft from Employer, Identity Theft, Financial Institution theft, Mail Fraud, Mortgage Fraud, Insurance Fraud, Tax Fraud, Securities Fraud, Stock Fraud, Medicare/Medicaid Fraud, Ponzi schemes, Theft from a school district, Political corruption, Obstruction of Justice.


Focus on detail is the critical key to the Defense of White Collar charges

White Collar charges are document and date intensive. What this means is that unlike many other crimes, the prosecution will use documents and data from multiple sources to prove the govenrment's case. for example, In a typical Mortgage Fraud case, I have seen discovery that includes thousand of pages of documents. Dependent on the source of the documents, they may be tendered to the defense in paper or electronic form. Sorting, cataloging and having an intimate understanding of the documents is an essential first step in preparing the defense. Forensic accounting and tax analysis are also needed to prepare and present thories of defense.


Sentencing in White Collar Crime Cases

Sentencing parameters in White Collar Crimes is severe and more often than will include a term of impriosnment. Also, because of the nature of the crime, restitution is considered and usually ordered a condition of the sentence. Restitution calcultion is therefore very important to both the prosecution and the defense.

Additional Resources

Government websites, I.R.S., Homeland Security

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