In Florida, officials claim that individuals have become creative with the various illegal behaviors that they are engaging in for personal gain. This creativity may be evidence of smart individuals purposefully engaging in criminal activity, or it may be evidence of individuals who believe that they are conforming to the law as long as they skirt the edges of it. Unfortunately, should individuals be charged criminally for behavior they believed was legal, they still may suffer severe consequences.
For example, the Department of Justice has been making a great deal of effort to catch people who are involved in white collar crimes. A person who is accused of white-collar crimes may experience significant hardship once accused, as their assets may be seized and they may face substantial punishment if convicted.
Examples of white-collar crimes include (but are not limited to) health care fraud, insurance fraud, mortgage and real estate fraud, tax evasion, counterfeiting and identity theft. White collar criminal laws are quite nuanced, so individuals who believe they are acting within the bounds of the law may actually find themselves surprised when accused of breaking it.
Thankfully, persons accused of white collar crime are entitled to counsel, just as other criminal defendants are. The careful handling of documents is critical in these cases. As a result, it is important to contact an experienced attorney as soon as you suspect that you are under investigation and to keep careful note of any documentary evidence related to your situation. If you have questions about white collar crime accusations, please contact an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.
Source: DailyFinance, “Do white-collar punishments go too far or not far enough?,” Sean Williams, Aug. 29, 2012