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Fraud & White Collar Crime

Fraud is a broad term that covers a wide range of crimes that are typically considered economic offenses. Commonly referred to as white collar crimes, fraud offenses are usually non-violent crimes that allege that a person or business knowingly concealed or misrepresented facts to coerce another party into forfeiting something of value, usually money.

There are many different types of fraud offenses or white collar crimes that someone can be charged with. These include:

  • Credit Card Fraud
  • Identity Theft
  • Mail Fraud
  • Wire Fraud
  • Racketeering (RICO)
  • Health Care Fraud
  • Bank Fraud
  • Insurance Fraud
  • Counterfeiting
  • Investment Fraud
  • Tax Fraud
  • Forgery
  • Bankruptcy Fraud

White collar crimes generally occur in the corporate environment. Fraudulent crimes are typically committed by a salaried professional bestowed with a high amount of trust within the company, such as a CEO, CFO or manager. The penalties associated with a white collar crime conviction can include significant fines, restitution paid to victims, probation or parole and in some cases prison. The severity of the consequences usually relies on the unique circumstances that surround the case.

It is important to understand that white collar crimes can be prosecuted on the state or federal level, possibly both. Federal offenses are investigated and prosecuted by federal agencies that have access to more financial resources than state law enforcement organizations. The penalties of a federal conviction can not only destroy your reputation, but can take away your personal freedom. If you have been accused of fraud or any other white collar crime in The Villages or surrounding areas, contact Whittel & Melton right away for a free consultation.

Early intervention in white collar criminal matters is crucial to the outcome of your case. The Villages Fraud Attorneys can thoroughly investigate your case to establish a strong defense, interview police and possible witnesses, negotiate with prosecutors to dismiss or reduce charges and stand ready to take your case to trial. No matter how complex the charges you may face, The Villages White Collar Criminal Defense Lawyers can help you fight any charges and make sure your rights are protected. Contact us today online or call 352-369-5334.