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Fraud & White Collar Crime

White collar crime charges usually result from long and thorough investigations conducted by government agencies that have limitless resources. These charges are very serious, and the consequences are dire. You could be looking at significant fines and decades behind bars. There is a lot of stake when it comes to these cases, so you need an experienced criminal defense attorney that has experience handling these types of cases so that you can achieve the best possible outcome for your distinct situation.

Our Villages Fraud and White Collar Crimes Lawyers at Whittel & Melton are experienced and knowledgeable in this area of law. We know the stakes are exceptionally high and how your personal and professional life can be impacted by these charges. Our goal is to prevent any further damage to your reputation by presenting evidence that no criminal charges should have ever been filed. If this is not possible, then we will establish a powerful defense in order to achieve a successful outcome at trial. 

What is Fraud?

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
  • Embezzlement
  • Racketeering also known as RICO violations
  • Health Care Fraud
  • Bank Fraud
  • Mortgage Fraud
  • Insurance Fraud
  • Counterfeiting
  • Investment Fraud
  • Tax Fraud
  • Forgery
  • Bankruptcy Fraud
  • Money Laundering

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.

Understanding How White Collar Crimes are Prosecuted

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.

Calling in Experts for a Successful Defense

In order to be successful in your defense against fraud charges, our Villages White Collar Crimes Lawyers understand the importance of working with experts to build the best possible case. We work with financial analysts, accountants, and other experts and specialists to go over all evidence and financial transactions to uncover the truth behind the numbers. In our experience, these efforts can often show the jury that there is an innocent explanation for our client’s actions.

We know that white collar crimes cases are often considered a complex area of law. With that said, the sooner you reach out to us for help, the quicker we can begin helping make the situation better. If you are under investigation for a crime or have already been charged, it doesn’t matter, we can help at every stage of the criminal process.

Strategic Criminal Defense to Fight a Fraud or White Collar Crime Allegation in The Villages

Early intervention in white collar criminal matters is crucial to the outcome of your case. The Villages Fraud Lawyers at Whittel & Melton can thoroughly investigate your case to establish a strong defense, interview police and possible witnesses to get timelines and stories straight, negotiate with prosecutors with the hopes of getting your charges dismissed or reduced, and stand ready to proceed with trial when necessary. No matter how complex the charges you may face, our attorneys can help you fight charges related to white collar crimes and fraud and make sure your rights are protected. Contact us today online or call 352-369-5334.

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