White Collar Crimes

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Oklahoma White Collar Criminal Defense Attorney

White Collar Crime is a financially-motivated, non-violent crime committed for illegal monetary gain. Many white collar offenses are difficult to prosecute because the perpetrators often utilize sophisticated means to conceal their activities through a series of complex transactions. Examples of white collar offenses include the following:

  • Antitrust Violations
  • RICO
  • Credit Card Fraud
  • Healthcare Fraud
  • Insurance Fraud
  • Internet Crimes
  • Public Corruption
  • Bribery and Blackmail
  • Insider Trading
  • Ponzi Schemes
  • Money Laundering
  • Counterfeiting
  • Tax Evasion
  • Identity Theft

State vs. Federal Prosecution

White collar criminal activity can be prosecuted at the state level, the federal level, or both. Although most state cases involve “street crimes”, a large number are white collar cases. Jurisdiction for most federal white collar crimes is based upon the Commerce Clause (Article 1, Section 8, Clause 3 of the United States Constitution), which provides that Congress may “regulate Commerce with Foreign Nations, and among the several states, and with the Indian Tribes.” Other sources of federal jurisdiction include the postal and taxing powers. Because many white collar crimes are prosecuted in federal court, the accused must retain an experienced criminal defense attorney who can navigate the complexities of federal court.

Penalties for White Collar Crimes

White collar crime causes substantial financial losses to federal, state, and local governments, private organizations, and individuals. As such, those charged with a white collar crime face not only devastating consequences to their personal and professional lives, but also fierce prosecution from the State of Oklahoma and/or United States Government. Penalties for white collar offenses include imprisonment, substantial fines, and/or restitution. If you have been charged with a white collar crime, you will need an experienced criminal defense attorney to litigate your cause. Contact the Law Office of Elliott C. Crawford, P.C. to schedule your consultation.