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White collar crime

White collar crime describes non-violent criminal activity in the commercial or business realm, typically committed for financial gain. This type of criminal enterprise can describe a wide variety of illegal acts and schemes. The one common denominator is crime committed through deceit and in pursuit of monetary gain.

The most common white collar crimes are various types of fraud, embezzlement, tax evasion, and money laundering. Many types of scams and frauds fall into the bucket of white collar crime, including Ponzi schemes and securities fraud such as insider trading. Other common crimes, like insurance fraud and tax evasion, also constitute white collar crimes.

White collar offenses can be committed by individuals or corporations, and criminal statutes governing white collar crime are found at both the state and federal level. For definitions of other relevant legal terms, visit the FindLaw Legal Dictionary.

Fraud

Many white collar crimes are frauds. Fraud generally involves deceiving someone for monetary gain. One common type of white collar fraud is securities fraud. Securities fraud is fraud around the trading of securities (stocks, for example).

Examples of Securities Fraud

Securities fraud comes in many flavors, but one common type is "insider trading," in which someone with inside information about a company or investment trades on that information in violation of a duty or obligation. For example, an executive knows confidential information about an upcoming company earnings report decides to sell of a chunk of his stock in the company. That would be considered securities fraud, specifically, insider trading.

Another type of securities fraud is when someone seeks investment in a company by knowingly misstating the company's prospects, health or finances. By luring an investor to put up money based on false or misleading information, the company and individuals within it commit securities fraud.

Ponzi schemes and other business-related scams to fraudulently take money from investors have been some of the most famous white collar crimes. These can take all shapes and sizes.

Embezzlement

Embezzlement is improperly taking money from someone to whom you owe some type of duty. The most common example is a company employee that embezzles money from his employer for example by siphoning money into a personal account.

Embezzlement can take many forms, however. Lawyers who improperly use client funds commit embezzlement. So do investment advisors who improperly use client funds they have been entrusted to protect.

Tax Evasion

Criminal tax evasion is a white collar crime through which the perpetrator attempts to avoid taxes they would otherwise owe. Tax evasion can range from simply filing tax forms with false information to illegally transferring property so as to avoid tax obligations. Individuals, as well as businesses can commit criminal tax evasion. As with fraud, there are perhaps infinite ways to commit tax evasion.

Depending on the charges in question, white collar crimes can involve a variety of state and federal laws. An experienced white collar defense attorney can help navigate potential criminal liability, as well as defenses that may be available.

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Douglas Jay Rudman
Douglas Jay Rudman
112

101 Paza Real South, Ste 214, Boca Raton, FL 33432-5826

Bar #12108(FL)     License for 2005 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Criminal defense | Domestic violence | DUI and DWI | Expungement | Federal crime | Juvenile law | Speeding and traffic ticket | White collar crime
Joshua Scott Danz
Joshua Scott Danz
96

101 NE 3rd Ave. Suite 110 (Lobby), Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Bar #98923(FL)     License for 2012 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Criminal defense | Domestic violence | DUI and DWI | Immigration | Juvenile law | Personal injury | Sex crime | White collar crime
Vanessa Anne Nye
Vanessa Anne Nye
81

1718 E 7th Ave, Tampa, FL 33605-3814

Bar #105831(FL)     License for 1997 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Criminal defense | Domestic violence | Sex crime | Speeding and traffic ticket | Violent crime | White collar crime
E.J. Hubbs
E.J. Hubbs
80

5975 Sunset Dr #502, South Miami, FL 33143

Bar #73843(FL)     License for 2009 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Criminal defense | DUI and DWI | Federal crime | Immigration | Violent crime | White collar crime
Luis Cartaya
Luis Cartaya
63

1805 S. Powerline Rd. #103, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

Bar #105787(FL)     License for 2013 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Car accident | Criminal defense | Domestic violence | Personal injury | Violent crime | White collar crime
David Christopher Hardy
David Christopher Hardy
59

1710 N. 19th Street Suite 215, Tampa, FL 33605

Bar #689661(FL)     License for 2003 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Criminal defense | Domestic violence | DUI and DWI | Federal crime | White collar crime
Leonard Scott Feuer
Leonard Scott Feuer
55

500 S. Australian Avenue, Suite 500, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Bar #501751(FL)     License for 2001 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Appeals | Criminal defense | DUI and DWI | Government | Sex crime | Violent crime | White collar crime
Anthony Biagio Rickman
Anthony Biagio Rickman
51

400 North Ashley Drive Suite 2100, Tampa, FL 33602

Bar #13904(FL)     License for 2005 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Criminal defense | DUI and DWI | Entertainment | Federal crime | Personal injury | White collar crime
John James O'Sullivan
John James O'Sullivan
50

1250 W. Eau Gallie Blvd. Suite G, Melbourne, FL 32935

Bar #472913(FL)     Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Criminal defense | Federal crime | Violent crime | White collar crime
John James O'Sullivan
John James O'Sullivan
50

1250 W. Eau Gallie Blvd. Suite G, Melbourne, FL 32935

License for 2003 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Criminal defense | Federal crime | Violent crime | White collar crime
Tauna Ren Bogle
Tauna Ren Bogle
46

126 E. Olympia St. Suite 101, Punta Gorda, FL 33950-3653

Bar #506915(FL)     License for 2001 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Constitutional | Criminal defense | Domestic violence | DUI and DWI | Family | Juvenile law | Violent crime | White collar crime

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