Akron White Collar Crime Lawyer
What is a White Collar Crime?
White collar crimes refer to non-violent theft offenses such as fraud, embezzlement and tax evasion. White collar offenses can be charged as either a misdemeanor or felony depending on the extent of the crime. Some cases are also federal crimes that involve the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, U.S. Customs, Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and other federal agencies. Federal government investigations into white collar offenses can take many months before there is an indictment.
If you have been charged with a white collar crime, contact an Akron white collar crime attorney for immediate legal advice and representation. A qualified lawyer should also be consulted if you are under investigation for committing a white collar offense to help prevent an indictment.
Have you been accused of committing a white collar crime? Schedule a consultation with our Akron white collar crime lawyers today to see your legal options.
Common White Collar Crimes
DiCaudo, Pitchford & Yoder is an energetic and proven defense firm with experience in white collar cases. We have a solid reputation as tough litigators that vigorously defend the constitutional rights of our clients. We are well-versed in the laws pertaining to white collar crimes such as:
- Wire Fraud - also known as telecommunications fraud, is when someone uses a wired service such as the internet or telephone to fraudulently make purchases to falsely gain a profit. In order to be convicted, the court must prove you willingly participated and was aware in its fraudulent nature. It doesn’t matter if the scheme was successful; the crime is in the intent. Penalties depend on the amount of money lost, the intended amount, and the number of parties involved.
- Identity Theft - involves using someone else’s identity for profit or to defraud the victim. This is becoming very common with the use of technology through website hacks, stealing someone’s credit card numbers, or phone call scams. It is almost routine to see a person get taken advantage of on the news. Again, someone could be convicted on a state or federal level depending on the severity and amount in question.
- Money laundering - to conceal the illegal obtaining of money, usually by passing it through a large number of bank transactions or business transactions to hide the fact that such a big sum was acquired. This can be done through private accounts or international accounts that are difficult to be tracked by the government. Money laundering goes hand in hand with other crimes such as drug trafficking, gambling, and counterfeiting.
- Internet fraud - to use the internet to perform fraudulent acts by hiding ones identity, transmitting incorrect information, etc.
- Perjury - to willfully swear a false oath
- Bank fraud - to use illegal methods of obtaining money, assets or other property in the ownership of a financial institution
- Bribery - to give or receive something of value in return for an action or influence
- Credit card fraud - the act of committing fraud by the use of a credit card or credit card number for financial gain
- Counterfeiting - to imitate something illegally, usually money
- Securities fraud (also called stock fraud or investment fraud) - to deceive investors into dead-end or unprofitable investments, causing them to lose money
- Tax evasion - to choose not to pay or to underpay taxes
- Embezzlement - the act of an employee stealing from their employer, usually money
- Larceny - to steal personal property - theft
- Forgery - the act of producing a false copy of an important document, signature, etc.
- Extortion - to obtain something, usually money, by threat or force
Defense for White Collar Crime Cases
A conviction in a white collar crime case can result in imprisonment, fines, restitution and community service. Sentencing in a federal case will be more severe, as these offenses typically involve complex operations and schemes. Our firm has extensive trial experience and can provide the strong defense you will need in these cases. Our white collar crime attorney in Akron handling cases throughout Summit County, Portage County, Stark County & Medina County.
Contact an Akron white collar crime attorney at our office for prompt legal assistance and advice if you have been charged with a white collar crime.