A white collar crime encompasses a variety of different crimes and schemes, but it usually involves a crime that is committed through deceit and is driven by financial gain, also commonly called fraud. Generally speaking, white collar crimes are non-violent, but the penalties in Florida for them can be severe depending on the amount of money assigned to the crime. Some examples of white collar crimes include:
Blackmail: Blackmail occurs when someone demands money, while threatening to cause bodily harm, damage property, or reveal secrets of another person.
Bribery: When someone attempts to influence a person’s opinions, actions, or decisions by offering them money or services, he/she is committing bribery.
Counterfeiting: Counterfeiting occurs when a person copies an item without authorization, and attempts to pass the copy off as the original item. This frequently occurs with money, but people often counterfeit handbags, watches, and clothing as well.
Credit Card Fraud: This type of fraud occurs when a person uses a credit card to buy valuable goods without the cardholder’s permission.
Embezzlement: If a person is trusted with large amounts of money or property, typically within a business, and uses that money for their own benefit, it is known as embezzlement.
Tax Evasion: Tax evasion is another type of fraud which involves a person who lies on his/her tax forms, or does not submit tax forms at all.
Money Laundering: This act occurs when someone attempts to filter money obtained illegally, usually from racketeering, drug transactions, or embezzlement, in a way that makes it appear that it came from a legitimate source.
If you have been accused of one of these crimes, or another type of white collar crime, it is vital to speak with a criminal defense attorney in Miami. Contact the legal team at Calil Law, P.A. to schedule a consultation today.