In corporate crimes (also known as business crimes) form a large part of the broader category of white collar crimes. They are typically committed by business professionals, executives, or potentially anyone who works in a white collar profession. Perhaps the one point that most distinguishes white collar crimes from other types of crime is that they are non-violent, causing no physical harm to victims.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT Types of corporate crimes?
As computer technology and communications capabilities continue to advance, the types of potential white collar crimes are virtually limitless. But, the following are examples of the most typical types of corporate crime currently being prosecuted in Washington, D.C. and throughout the country:
- Fraudulent securities handling: Securities charges include stock manipulation, fraudulent retail sales practices, insider trading, and Ponzi schemes. Normally charged at the federal level, they generally begin with a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) investigation. Anyone under investigation is well-advised to retain an experienced attorney as soon as they are aware of the investigation to ensure their rights are protected—and to give the attorney ample opportunity to analyze the evidence early in the process.
- Improper use of records: When confidential data is used for illegal purposes, employees with access to that data can often be investigated or charged for corporate crimes. One of the most common charges is identity theft, with about 9.9 million reported victims in 2008, up 22 percent from the number of cases in 2007. Investigations can be conducted by any number of federal agencies, including (but not limited to) the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Secret Service, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. But, attorneys with extensive experience in defending business crimes know that access to data does not automatically translate to misuse of the information. And there are often many technical reasons why their clients could not have committed the offense.
- Computer and Internet fraud: While these crimes are typically attributed to individuals, the Internet makes them tempting as Washington, D.C. business crimes, as well. Any company with a website can be charged with countless types of fraud, particularly when their sites are used for order processing. But, innocent computer and programming errors happen every day. Attorneys with experience in business crime know how to conduct a thorough investigation in defense of their clients.
Experienced white collar crime attorneys in Washington, D.C.
Whether you are being investigated or charged with a business crime, you need an experienced criminal defense lawyer who is skilled in this unique area of the law. Contact Lotze Mosley, LLP to schedule a free initial appointment to discuss your situation as soon as you are investigated or charged with a crime.