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White collar crime is a blanket phrase that covers a vast array of offenses that are usually committed by business insiders and middle or upper class citizens. Depending on the level of crime committed, which is often in accordance to how much money was stolen, the offenders of white collar crimes may face anywhere from a misdemeanor and a small fine all the way up to a felony in the first degree, punishable by decades in prison and fines in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Because there is usually no threat of physical danger posed to the victims of these crimes, and because the victims are often faceless taxpayers, the penalties are usually not on par with that of an armed robbery, even though white collar criminals are responsible for billions of dollars in theft each year. In fact, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), white collar crimes’ toll on the United States is $300 billion. The penalties for white collar crimes include house arrest, probation, asset forfeiture, being held financially responsible for the prosecution, restitution, fines, community confinement, and imprisonment. Skilled legal advice can help minimize the punishment or dissolve the allegations altogether. In some cases we may urge our clients to work with the authorities, which can lead to decreased charges and avoidance of prison and larger fines. If you have been charged with any type of white collar crime, including any of those listed below, contact a Tampa white collar crime attorneys at the Tampa law offices of Roman & Roman today for immediate help. According to the Cornell University Legal Information Institute, the most common types of white collar crime are as follows:

  • Insurance fraud;
  • Bribery;
  • Fraud within the government;
  • Computer or internet fraud;
  • Environmental violations;
  • Mail fraud;
  • Insider trading;
  • Credit card fraud;
  • Kickbacks;
  • Intellectual property theft;
  • Embezzlement;
  • Money laundering;
  • Antitrust violations;
  • Tax evasion;
  • Financial institution fraud;
  • Securities fraud;
  • Bankruptcy fraud;
  • Healthcare fraud;
  • Public corruption;
  • Counterfeiting money;
  • Economic espionage;
  • Trade secret theft; and
  • Wire/phone or telemarketing fraud.

The punishments for these offenses are severe. A conviction of fraud may not only end a career, but it could easily prohibit an individual from ever being employed in their previous type of work into the future. And, loss of income may be the least of their worries. While both state and federal agencies go after white collar crimes, the Florida Communications Fraud Act (statute 817.034) makes fraud a first degree felony if the amount of property obtained has a value of $50,000 or more. A first degree felony can be punishable with a 30 year prison sentence. Depending on the type of white collar crime that is committed, a defendant may be tried for multiple violations.

The penalties can quickly stack up when fraud and other forms of white collar crime are committed across state lines as well, which, in this modern era, can happen via the internet without the defendant ever physically crossing the border. But there is hope. An aggressive, experienced white collar crime defense attorney can prove that the allegations against you are false, or help to drastically minimize the punishment. The sooner we start, the better our odds of winning your case become. Call Roman & Roman today at 877-767-1032 to speak with one of our Tampa white collar crime defense attorneys.

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