The Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”) defines white-collar crimes as “those illegal acts which are characterized by deceit, concealment, or violation of trust and which are not dependent upon the application or threat of physical force or violence. Individuals and organizations commit these acts to obtain money, property, or services; to avoid the payment or loss of money or services; or to secure personal or business advantage.”1 According to the FBI, white-collar crimes are conservatively estimated to cost the United States economy more than $300 billion annually.2
Some of the most common white-collar offenses include: bank fraud, commercial bribery, embezzlement, government corruption, healthcare fraud, insider trading, insurance fraud, bankruptcy fraud, Internet and computer fraud, mail fraud, money laundering, securities fraud, illegal kickbacks, tax evasion, telemarketing fraud, and bribery.
White-collar crimes are the subject of both state and federal legislation. Investigations and enforcement of such crimes are usually handled by several federal agencies, including the FBI, the Internal Revenue Service, the Secret Service, U.S. Customs, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Securities and Exchange Commission. Furthermore, most states have their own state agencies for actively investigating and enforcing such crimes at both the state and local level.
At Boone Beale, we have over one-hundred (100) years of combined experience representing individuals and businesses charged with white-collar offenses. Our attorneys have successfully handled hundreds of white-collar cases, from simple misdemeanors to complex, multi-million dollar cases involving CEOs and CFOs of major organizations. Our attorneys thrive on applying cutting-edge legal analysis in crafting the best possible defense for clients charged with such crimes.
If you have been charged or are under investigation for such acts it is imperative that you seek out informed counsel for your best options. Do not wait to retain counsel until after meeting with law enforcement. Call us now to determine the best strategy or options for a defense to the charges. If a charge is imminent it is often very important that we get involved pre-indictment to control the type or number of charges brought by the prosecution.