Minns & Arnett has extensive experience in all stages of federal criminal investigations and trials. White collar crimes or corporate crimes typically refer to non-violent crimes in the business or corporate world. The government claims these crimes are usually committed for a financial gain. When hiring a white collar crimes attorney to defend you, it is essential to hire a top white-collar law firm.
A common element of most white collar crimes is fraud and deceit. A person is deceived for another person’s financial gain. White collar crimes are complex high stakes cases. The full force of the United States Government is on the opposite side, with an unlimited budget and unlimited power. A guilty verdict for some white collar defendants could mean life in prison. It is critical to hire a skilled white-collar defense attorney in the beginning — a white collar crimes attorney that has been in front of a judge and jury and isn’t interested in only taking a plea agreement.
Minns & Arnett extensive experience in criminal tax defense has helped develop general federal criminal defense work. There is significant overlap in the types of skills a successful attorney needs to defend federal criminal tax cases and white-collar cases.
Common white collar crimes include:
- Bank Fraud: using illegal means to obtain money, assets or other property owned by a bank. Also, posing as a bank or financial institution to collect money.
- Bribery: offering, giving, soliciting, or receiving any item of value as a means of influencing the actions of an individual holding a public office or legal duty.
- Embezzlement: stealing money or assets entrusted to one’s care
- Money Laundering: concealing the origins of illegally obtained money
- Ponzi Scheme: a form of fraud in which belief in the success of a nonexistent enterprise is fostered by the payment of quick returns to the first investors from money invested by later investors
- Copyright Infringement: Also known as piracy. Generally, copyright infringement occurs when a copyrighted work is reproduced, distributed, performed, or publicly displayed without permission.
- Election Crimes: such as election fraud, patronage crimes, campaign financing crimes and civil rights crimes.
- Charity Scams: setting up fake charities and conned people to donate.
- Investment Scams: convincing people you have a real company and conning people to investment
- Racketeering: dishonest and fraudulent business dealings
- Wire Fraud: any fraudulent or deceitful scheme to secure money or property, committed or aided through the use of interstate wires.
- Tax Evasion: failure to pay or the deliberate underpayment of taxes.
- Sherman Anti-Trust Act: The antitrust statute passed by Congress in 1890, it prohibits monopolies or unreasonable combinations of companies to restrict or in any way control interstate commerce or restrict competition in the marketplace.
- Healthcare Fraud: filing fraudulent health care claims to turn a profit, such as Medicare or Medicaid fraud and illegal kickbacks.