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What is White Collar Crime?

Posted by Ann Fitz | May 05, 2023 | 0 Comments

The term “white collar crime” is often used to describe a range of criminal activities that involve deception for financial gain. White collar crimes are typically committed by individuals or businesses in the course of their professional activities and involve a breach of trust. They are often difficult to detect, as they usually do not involve physical violence or property damage. Below, we will discuss the different types of white collar crime and what makes them unique.

Types of White Collar Crime

The most commonly known type of white collar crime is fraud. Fraud involves using false information or representations to obtain something from someone else. This includes everything from identity theft and credit card fraud to tax evasion and price fixing. Other forms of white collar crime include bribery, money laundering, embezzlement, insider trading, computer crimes, counterfeiting, and public corruption. All these offenses have one thing in common—they are all done with an intent to deceive or defraud another person or entity.

White Collar Crimes vs Traditional Crimes

One key difference between traditional crimes and white collar crimes is that they tend to be non-violent in nature. Traditional crimes such as robbery or assault typically involve force or violence while white collar crimes rely on deception rather than physical force. Additionally, those who commit traditional crimes are often motivated by a need for immediate gratification while those who commit white collar crimes tend to be motivated by financial gain over time. Finally, white collar criminals often have higher levels of education than those who commit traditional street crimes, making them more likely to evade detection for longer periods of time.

White collar crime is a serious problem that can cause significant losses for individuals and companies alike. It is important for individuals facing charges related to white collar crime to consult with an experienced federal criminal defense attorney who can help protect their rights throughout the legal process. With proper legal guidance, defendants may be able to reduce their penalties or even avoid conviction altogether. If you're facing federal criminal charges related to white collar crime, contact an experienced attorney today for help protecting your rights and defending your case in court!

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Ann Fitz

Attorney Ann Fitz Attorney Ann Fitz has 20 years of experience as a federal criminal attorney and appellate practice attorney.  She began her career as a prosecutor in 2003 and started her own federal criminal defense practice in 2007.  She is devoted to protecting the rights of the accused in f...

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