“White-collar crime,” in general, refers to a broad range of offenses that may be prosecuted under state or Federal law. Such offenses are generally non-violent in nature, often involving accusations of fraud, financial wrongdoing, public corruption, and the like. Nevertheless, any such allegation should be taken seriously—the consequences of a conviction in either jurisdiction may be quite severe.
In the Federal system, the most common white-collar offenses involve allegations of fraudulent conduct, such as:
- Bank fraud (18 U.S.C. 1344)
- Bankruptcy fraud (18 U.S.C. 152)
- Computer fraud (18 U.S.C. 1030)
- Credit card fraud (15 U.S.C. 1644)
- Health care fraud (18 U.S.C. 1347)
- Mail fraud (18 U.S.C. 1341 et seq.)
- Money laundering (18 U.S.C. 1956 et seq.)
- Securities fraud (18 U.S.C. 1348)
- Wire fraud (18 U.S.C. 1343)
Other offenses are often charged along with these substantive crimes, such as conspiracy (19 U.S.C. 371), perjury (18 U.S.C. 1621 et seq.), false statements (18 U.S. Code 1001) and obstruction of justice (18 U.S.C. 1501 et seq.).
Some white-collar crimes set forth under the Florida Statutes are:
- Conspiracy (Sec. 777.04)
- Credit card offenses (Chapter 817, Part II)
- Money laundering (Sec. 896.101)
- Mortgage fraud (Chapter 818)
- Official misconduct (Sec. 838.022)
- Racketeering (Sec. 895.03)
- Computer-related crimes (Sec. 815 et seq.)
- Unlawful compensation (Sec. 838.016)
Quite often allegations of white-collar criminal activity are leveled against highly skilled business people or professionals, who often occupy positions of authority in which trust and integrity are essential. For such individuals, in the public or private sector, such allegations may be an economic “kiss of death,” and the services of a skilled, experienced attorney are critical to ward off such allegations where possible, and to minimize the damage to one’s reputation and economic security where necessary. To discuss your case with The Tony Moss Firm, please call 877-547-9407, or email him at Tony@TonyMossLaw.com.