White-Collar Criminal Defense Experts in San Antonio
White-collar crimes are nonviolent crimes typically motivated by financial gain. The term white-collar refers to the class of American workers who perform high-visibility work, such as politicians or business owners. Since financial gain at the expense of others is the goal of these crimes, they are often treated differently from other crimes.
Identity theft is the acquisition and misuse of another person’s private information for financial gain.
Identity theft can include theft and misuse of any of the following:
Bank Account Information
Credit Card Information
Thieves can acquire this information through the following means:
Theft of Bank Statements
Theft of PIN numbers
Credit Card Cloning
Personal Document Theft
Fraud is defined as purposeful, malicious deception in the interest of financial gain. Fraud covers a large variety of activities that involve deception.
It is divided into 3 categories:
Consumer Fraud – Consumer fraud is fraud targeting consumers that results in financial loss for those affected. This kind of fraud is the most common among fraud charges. Those who commit these crimes are often businesses or small-scale thieves who target individuals.
Employee Fraud – Employee fraud is fraud committed by employees that is intended to steal money from employers. The approaches to employee fraud range from physical cash theft to complex embezzlement schemes designed to dupe employers into overlooking diverted funds.
Fraud Against Business or Government – Large-scale operations intended to steal money from businesses or government are considered fraud. Penalties differ depending on the amount of financial loss and the number of offenses recorded for an offender.
Maximum penalties range from $5 million to $10 million dollars in fines and imprisonment for no more than 10 years.
Money laundering is the concealment of the origin of financial assets gained by illegal means. Money in the United States is marked with identifiers that law enforcement officials can use to track criminal activities. Money obtained by illegal means needs to be replaced by money that has not been flagged in illegal activities.
Offenders can conceal the origin of money by:
Creating legitimate business fronts
Depositing and withdrawing money from casinos
Fencing marked money
The ways to launder money don’t end there. Money launderers can be caught and charged with laundering under any number of circumstances.
Cybercrime is fraud and theft that occurs within the realm of the Internet. It is a constantly evolving issue in an increasingly Internet-based world.
Every day, new laws are passed that criminalize additional behaviors on the Internet. Specially trained law enforcement officials keep an ever-vigilant watch on cybercrime and are becoming more skilled at pinpointing even minor cybercrimes.
If you believe you may be charged with white-collar crime, call the offices of LaHood & Calfas to discuss your case and how we can help. Our experienced team of white-collar criminal defense experts will make sure your rights are protected.